Wisconsin Primary Care Programs
Mental Health Access: Provider Resources
There are a variety of federal and state programs that can help to
increase access to mental health services in rural and urban
communities that have shortages of providers.
Shortage Designations - Areas that are federally designated as
having shortages of mental health providers, can be eligible for
federal and state resources to help recruit and retain mental health
clinicians in these underserved communities.
Federal and State student loan repayment programs - The National
Health Service Corps Loan Repayment and Scholarship program and
Wisconsin Health Professions Loan Assistance Program can help health
facilities in designated shortage areas to recruit and retain
psychiatrists and certain other mental health clinicians.
J-1 Visa Waiver Program - Health Facilities that are located in
or that serve designated mental health shortage areas can use the
J-1 visa waiver program to recruit a psychiatrist for very
hard-to-fill vacancies. J-1 visa waiver physicians/psychiatrists
went to a foreign medical school and completed their residency
training in the U.S.
Provider Retention Toolkit and Webinars - Information to help
health facilities strengthen their efforts to both recruit and
retain their clinicians (primary care, dental and mental health).
Certified Rural Health Clinic - Rural Health Clinics that are
certified by the federal Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services
(CMS) are eligible for enhanced Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement
for covered services, which include billable mental health services
by a psychiatrist, clinical psychologist and/or clinical social
Medicare HPSA bonus - Federal Medicare can provide a 10% bonus
payment for covered psychiatrist services which are delivered in an
area which has a geographic mental health Health Professional
Shortage Area designation.
Community Health Center Program - Community Health Centers (CHCs)
are facilities that meet the requirements of the federal CHC Program
and provide access to primary, dental and mental health care for
low-income and uninsured populations. For more information on
requirements and benefits of these very competitive federal CHC
grants, go to:
FOR CONSUMERS - information about low-cost clinics is available at
the following web links:
Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
March 21, 2014