News EOHHS releases guidelines for loan repayment program

A year after the legislature allocated $16.5 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds for a loan repayment program for human services workers, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) today released the guidelines for accessing the program.

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The Human Services and Home Health Workers Loan Repayment Board met six times between August 30 and November 21 to design the loan repayment program. The Board consisted of:

  • Chair, Tammy Mello (The Key Program, Inc.)
  • Michael Weekes (Providers’ Council)
  • Jule Gomes Noack (Horace Mann Educational Associates (HMEA)
  • Lisa Parent (Community Nurse Home Care)
  • Diane Gould (Advocates)
  • John Feehan (YWCA Greater Newburyport)
  • John Yazwinski (Father Bill’s & MainSpring)
  • Lisa Gurgone (Mystic Valley Elder Services)
  • Lois Nesci (Gándara Center)

The Board determined eligible settings, eligible worker categories and titles, recipient income requirements, loan repayment assistance levels based on degree type and work commitment requirements. The Board also recommended priority criteria for applicants.

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