§ 5. Purpose. The purpose of this Act is to establish a program in the Department of
Public Health to ensure access to psychiatric health care services for all citizens
of the State, by establishing programs of grants, loans, and loan forgiveness to recruit
and retain psychiatric service providers in designated areas of the State for physicians
who will agree to establish and maintain psychiatric practice in areas of the State
demonstrating the greatest need for more psychiatric care. The program shall encourage licensed psychiatrists to locate in areas where shortages
exist and to increase the total number of such physicians in the State.
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