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NHSC New Site Cycle Ending on June 25

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Becoming an NHSC Site



Eligible Sites 


Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Certified Rural Health Clinics
  • Provider-Based
  • Independent
Community Outpatient Facilities
  • Hospital-Affiliated
  • Non-Hospital-Affiliated
State Prisons
  • Must be medium or maximum security.
  • Must have at least 250 inmates
  • The ratio of the number of internees per year to the number of FTE primary care physicians serving the institution must be at least 100:1
Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment Facilities
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - Certified Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs)
  • Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) Facilities
  • Non-Opioid Outpatient SUD Treatment Facilities
Other Eligible Site Types
  • Critical Access Hospitals (CAH)
  • Free Clinics
  • Mobile Units
  • Private Practice (Solo or Group)
  • School-Based Clinics
  • State or Local Health Departments

Auto Approved Sites 


American Indian Health Facilities
  • Indian Health Service (IHS) American Indian/Alaskan Native Health Facilities
  • Tribal/638 Health Facility
  • Dual-Funded (Tribal Health Clinic and FQHC-Funded)
  • Urban Indian Health Program
  • IHS Hospitals
Federal Prisons
  • Must be Medium or Maximum Security
  • Must have at least 250 Inmates
  • The ratio of the number of internees per year to the number of FTW Primary Care Physicians serving the institution must be at least 100:1
Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)
  • Community Health Center
  • Migrant Health
  • Homeless Program
  • Public Housing Program
  • School-Based Program
  • Mobile Clinic

 


Documents


Each document has been prepared in accordance with the site reference guidelines. It is important to note that it is not endorsed or affiliated with HRSA. 

You are welcome to use either the fillable PDFs or Word templates as needed, but please remove the disclaimer once prepared for your own organization. 

Fillable PDFs

Sliding Fee Schedule

Sliding Fee Program Patient Application 

Sliding Fee Policies and Procedures

Public Notice Signage

Non-Discrimination Signage

Workforce Recruitment and Retention Plan

MOUD Attestation

Word Templates

Sliding Fee Schedule

Sliding Fee Program Patient Application

Sliding Fee Policies and Procedures

Public Notice Signage

Non-Discrimination Signage

Workforce Recruitment and Retention Plan

MOUD Attestation

Cheat Sheets

Ancillary Access to Care 

Behavioral Health

Behavioral Health Agency - Online License Screenshot 

Public Notice Signage

Examples

Sliding Fee Schedule

Sliding Fee Program Patient Application

Sliding Fee Policies and Procedures

Public Notice Signage

Non-Discrimination Signage

Workforce Recruitment and Retention Plan

MOUD Attestation

 


Helpful Links


National Health Service Corps | NHSC (hrsa.gov)
NHSC Program Fact Sheets | NHSC (hrsa.gov)
Become an NHSC Site | NHSC (hrsa.gov)
BHW Program Portal User Guide for Site POCs (hrsa.gov)
National Health Service Corps Site Reference Guide (hrsa.gov)

 


Frequently Asked Questions 


When does the new site application cycle open?

The 2024 new site application cycle is currently open and closes on June 25th. The new site cycle is open annually in the spring/early summer. You can sign up for alerts to be notified when it is open. 

Who is the new site application for?

Your site would apply during the new site cycle if you have never been approved for NHSC. This includes sites that have previously applied, but the application was denied or cancelled. Your site would also apply during this cycle if your site is currently inactive for NHSC due to expiration or past compliance issues. 

How long is the application cycle?

During a typical cycle, sites have six to eight weeks to submit their site application. 

How should my site prepare for the application?
How will I know if my site has been approved?

NHSC will notify you through the BHW portal. Once approved, NHSC will also provide your site with information on posting open job positions on the Health Workforce Connector. 

Will my site approval expire?

Once approved by NHSC, your application is valid for three years, with the exception of eligible auto-approved sites. Your site must remain in a HPSA and continue to meet NHSC eligibility requirements and maintain compliance throughout the approval period. 

Why isn't my facility listed as a NHSC site?
  • Your site may not be located in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA). 
  • Your site does not meet all of the NHSC requirements. 
  • Your site may not have submitted an NHSC site application. 
  • The site approval expired and has not been recertified.