South Dakota Rural Healthcare Facility Recruitment Assistance Program
The 2017 Rural Healthcare Facility Recruitment Assistance Program is full. The application for next year's program will be available beginning May 1, 2018.
The Rural Healthcare Facility Recruitment Assistance Program offers a financial incentive to certain health care professionals who complete a 3-year service agreement at a rural facility in South Dakota.
Eligible professions include:
- Dietitian or nutritionist
- Nurse (LPN or RN)
- Occupational therapist
- Respiratory therapist
- Laboratory technologist
- Physical therapist
- Medical technologist
- Radiology technologist
- Speech therapist
- Healthcare social worker
The health professional must be a new employee at an eligible facility. New employee is defined as one who has been employed for no longer than 9 months prior to the date the SD Office of Rural Health receives the application. The eligible facility must be located in a community with a population of 10,000 or less.
Eligible facility types include:
- Licensed hospitals
- Nursing homes
- Federally certified home health agencies
- Chemical dependency treatment facilities
- Federally qualified health centers
- Intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities
- Community mental health centers
- Community support providers
- End stage renal dialysis facilities
- Ambulance services
A $10,000 payment is made to each participating health professional.
Facilities in communities with a population under 2,500 must contribute 25%, and those with a population over 2,500 must pay 50% of the award amount.
The community portion of the payment can be made to the health professional at any time. The state payment occurs only after completion of the 3-year service obligation.
Health professionals cannot submit applications. Rather, South Dakota eligible facilities must submit applications on behalf of health professionals.
Recipients are selected on a first-come, first-served basis through the last business day in December or until the annual quota has been met, whichever comes first.
For complete information about funding programs, including your application status, please contact funders directly. Summaries are provided for your convenience only. RHIhub does not take part in application processes or monitor application status.