(a) To be eligible to receive repayment assistance under this subchapter, a mental
health professional must:
(1) apply to the board;
(2) have completed one, two, three, four, or five consecutive years of practice in
a mental health professional shortage area designated by the Department of State Health
(3) provide mental health services in this state to:
(A) recipients under the medical assistance program authorized by Chapter 32, Human
(B) enrollees under the child health plan program authorized by Chapter 62, Health
and Safety Code; or
(C) persons committed to a secure correctional facility operated by or under contract
with the Texas Juvenile Justice Department or persons confined in a secure correctional
facility operated by or under contract with any division of the Texas Department of
(b) In addition to satisfying the requirements under Subsection (a), for a licensed
physician to be eligible to receive repayment assistance under this subchapter after
the physician's third consecutive year of practice described under Subsection (a)(2),
the physician must be certified in psychiatry by:
(1) the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; or
(2) the American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry.
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