C.R.S. Section 25-1.5-503
Colorado health service corps

  • program
  • creation
  • conditions

(1)(a)(I) The primary care office shall maintain and administer, subject to available appropriations, the Colorado health service corps. Subject to available appropriations, the Colorado health service corps shall provide loan repayment for certain eligible:

(A)

Health-care professionals who provide primary health services;

(B)

Nursing faculty members or health-care professional faculty members in qualified faculty positions;

(C)

Behavioral health-care providers and candidates for licensure who provide behavioral health-care services; and

(D)

Geriatric advanced practice providers.

(II)

Under the Colorado health service corps, subject to the limitations specified in subsection (2) of this section, upon entering into a loan contract the state may either:

(A)

Make payments on the education loans of the health-care professional, behavioral health-care provider, candidate for licensure, geriatric advanced practice provider, nursing faculty member, or health-care professional faculty member; or

(B)

Agree to make an advance payment in a lump sum of all or part of the principal, interest, and related expenses of the education loans of health-care professionals, behavioral health-care providers, candidates for licensure, geriatric advanced practice providers, nursing faculty members, or health-care professional faculty members, subject to the limitations specified in subsection (2) of this section.

(III)

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(A)

In consideration for receiving repayment of all or part of his or her education loan, the health-care professional shall agree to provide primary health services in health professional shortage areas in Colorado.

(B)

In consideration for receiving repayment of all or part of his or her education loan, the behavioral health-care provider or candidate for licensure shall agree to provide behavioral health-care services in health professional shortage areas in Colorado.

(IV)

In consideration for receiving repayment of all or part of his or her education loan, the nursing or other health-care professional faculty member must agree to serve two or more consecutive academic years in a qualified faculty position.

(b)

Repayment of loans under the Colorado health service corps may be made using money in the Colorado health service corps fund. The primary care office is authorized to receive and expend gifts, grants, and donations or money appropriated by the general assembly for the purpose of implementing the Colorado health service corps. In administering the Colorado health service corps, the primary care office shall collaborate with appropriate partners as needed to maximize the federal money available to the state for state loan repayment programs through the federal department of health and human services. The selection of health-care professionals, behavioral health-care providers, candidates for licensure, geriatric advanced practice providers, nursing faculty members, and health-care professional faculty members for participation in the Colorado health service corps is exempt from the competitive bidding requirements of the “Procurement Code”, articles 101 to 112 of title 24.

(c)

The following providers are not eligible for loan repayment through the Colorado health service corps:

(I)

Health-care professionals who are not practicing in primary care specialties or providing primary health services;

(II)

Behavioral health-care providers and candidates for licensure who are not providing behavioral health-care services; and

(III)

Geriatric advanced practice providers who are not providing geriatric care.

(d)

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(I)

As a condition of receiving a loan repayment through the Colorado health service corps, a health-care professional or behavioral health-care provider must enter into a contract pursuant to which the health-care professional or behavioral health-care provider agrees to practice for at least two years in a community that is located in a health professional shortage area. The health-care professional or behavioral health-care provider, as applicable, the primary care office, and the community employer with which the health-care professional or behavioral health-care provider is practicing must be parties to the contract.

(II)

As a condition of receiving a loan repayment through the Colorado health service corps, a nursing faculty or health-care professional faculty member must enter into a contract pursuant to which he or she agrees to serve at least two consecutive academic years or their equivalent in a qualified faculty position. The nursing faculty or health-care professional faculty member, the primary care office, and the educational institution where the qualified faculty position is located must be parties to the contract.

(III)

As a condition of receiving a loan repayment through the Colorado health service corps, a candidate for licensure must enter into a contract pursuant to which the candidate for licensure agrees to practice for at least two years after obtaining the license, plus an additional amount of time equivalent to the time spent obtaining the supervised experience hours required for licensure while participating in the program, in a community that is located in a health professional shortage area. The candidate for licensure, the primary care office, and the community employer with which the candidate for licensure is practicing must be parties to the contract.

(IV)

As a condition of receiving a loan repayment through the Colorado health service corps, a geriatric advanced practice provider must enter into a contract pursuant to which the geriatric advanced practice provider agrees to provide geriatric care for at least two years in a community that is located in a health professional shortage area. The geriatric advanced practice provider, the primary care office, and the community employer with which the geriatric advanced practice provider is practicing must be parties to the contract.

(2)

Subject to available appropriations, the primary care office shall annually select health-care professionals, behavioral health-care providers, candidates for licensure, geriatric advanced practice providers, nursing faculty members, and health-care professional members from the list provided by the advisory council pursuant to section 25-1.5-504 (5)(a) to participate in the Colorado health service corps.

(3)

The primary care office, after consulting with the advisory council and accredited health-care professional training programs in the state, shall develop loan forgiveness criteria for nursing faculty and other health-care professional faculty members. In determining whether to forgive the loan of a faculty member, the primary care office shall consider the following criteria:

(a)

The faculty positions available at the educational institution at which the health-care professional works;

(b)

Documented recruiting efforts by the educational institution;

(c)

The attributes of the educational or training program that are designed with the intent to address known shortages of health-care professionals in Colorado;

(d)

The type of programs offered at the educational institution, including associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees in the health-care professions, and the need for those programs in the state.

(4)

In soliciting private grants to fund faculty loan repayments, the primary care office shall give priority to soliciting grants to fund repayments of loans for nursing faculty.

(5)

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(a)

A health-care professional participating in the Colorado health service corps shall not practice with a for-profit private group or solo practice or at a proprietary hospital or clinic.

(b)

For a behavioral health-care provider or candidate for licensure applying to participate in the Colorado health service corps, the advisory council shall prioritize behavioral health-care providers and candidates for licensure who are practicing with a nonprofit or public employer. The advisory council may also consider for participation in the Colorado health service corps behavioral health-care providers and candidates for licensure who are practicing with a for-profit employer, such as a private practice or other site, that provides services to an underserved population.

(c)

For a geriatric advanced practice provider applying to participate in the Colorado health service corps, the advisory council shall develop the criteria to be used, and shall apply those criteria, in selecting geriatric advanced practice provider applicants and shall consider whether the applicant is willing to serve as a preceptor for advanced practice providers and other providers seeking training in geriatric care.

(6)

A contract for loan repayment entered into pursuant to this part 5 must not include terms that are more favorable to health-care professionals, behavioral health-care providers, candidates for licensure, or geriatric advanced practice providers than the most favorable terms that the secretary of the federal department of health and human services is authorized to grant under the national health services corps program. In addition, each contract must include penalties for breach of contract that are at least as stringent as those available to the secretary of the federal department of health and human services. In the event of a breach of contract for a loan repayment entered into pursuant to this part 5, the primary care office shall enforce the contract and collect any damages or other penalties owed.

Source: Section 25-1.5-503 — Colorado health service corps - program - creation - conditions, https://leg.­colorado.­gov/sites/default/files/images/olls/crs2023-title-25.­pdf (accessed Oct. 20, 2023).

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Health facilities - powers and duties of department - rules - limitations on rules - definitions - repeal
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Regulation of standards relating to food - powers and duties of department
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Detection of diseases - powers and duties of department
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Medical marijuana program - powers and duties of state health agency - rules - medical review board - medical marijuana program cash fund - subaccount - created - “Ethan’s Law” - definitions - repeal
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Medical marijuana health research grant program
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Pandemic influenza - purchase of antiviral therapy - definitions
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Regulation of dialysis treatment clinics - training for hemodialysis technicians - state board of health rules - definitions - repeal
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Food allergies and anaphylaxis form for schools - powers and duties of department
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Monitor health effects of marijuana - report
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Suicide prevention commission - created - responsibilities - gifts, grants, or donations - reimbursement for expenses - definition - repeal
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Colorado suicide prevention plan - established - goals - responsibilities - funding - definition
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Crisis and suicide prevention training grant program - creation - process - reporting requirements - fund - definitions
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Freestanding emergency departments - licensure - requirements - rules - definitions
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Opiate antagonist bulk purchase fund - creation - rules - report - appropriation - definition - repeal
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Non-laboratory synthetic opiate detection tests - appropriation - definitions - repeal
25–1.5–115.5
Fentanyl prevention and education campaign - website
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Costs associated with living organ donation - definitions
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Hospitals - standardized health benefit plan - participation - penalties
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Training for staff providing direct-care services to residents with dementia - rules - definitions
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Natural medicine testing and standards - rules
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Water - minimum general sanitary standards
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Water - powers and duties of department - rules
25–1.5–204
Inspection for violations of minimum general sanitary standards relating to quality of drinking water
25–1.5–205
Advice to other entities
25–1.5–206
Applicability
25–1.5–207
Damages and injunctive relief to prevent or abate release of contaminants in water
25–1.5–208
Grant program for public water systems and domestic wastewater treatment works - small communities water and wastewater grant fund - rules
25–1.5–209
Drinking water fee - drinking water cash fund - repeal
25–1.5–210
Best practices for residential rooftop precipitation collection
25–1.5–301
Definitions
25–1.5–302
Administration of medications - powers and duties of department - record checks - rules
25–1.5–303
Medication reminder boxes or systems - medication cash fund
25–1.5–401
Legislative declaration
25–1.5–402
Definitions
25–1.5–403
Primary care office - creation
25–1.5–404
Primary care office - powers and duties - rules
25–1.5–405
Visa waiver program fund
25–1.5–406
School nurse grant program - creation - eligibility - award of grants - rules - report - legislative declaration - definitions
25–1.5–407
Practice-based health education grant program - creation - primary care office to administer
25–1.5–501
Legislative declaration
25–1.5–502
Definitions
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Colorado health service corps - program - creation - conditions
25–1.5–503.5
Scholarship program for addiction counselors - creation - eligibility - conditions
25–1.5–504
Colorado health service corps advisory council - creation - membership - duties
25–1.5–505
Advisory council - report
25–1.5–506
Colorado health service corps fund - created - acceptance of grants and donations - annual appropriation from marijuana tax cash fund - repeal
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Short title
25–1.5–602
Definitions
25–1.5–603
Applicability to volunteer health practitioners
25–1.5–604
Regulation of services during emergency
25–1.5–605
Volunteer health practitioner registration systems
25–1.5–606
Recognition of volunteer health practitioners licensed in other states
25–1.5–607
No effect on credentialing and privileging
25–1.5–608
Provision of volunteer health or veterinary services - administrative sanctions
25–1.5–609
Relation to other laws
25–1.5–610
Rules
25–1.5–611
Civil liability for volunteer health practitioners - vicarious liability
25–1.5–612
Workers’ compensation coverage
25–1.5–613
Uniformity of application and construction
25–1.5–701
Health survey for birthing parents
Green check means up to date. Up to date

Current through Fall 2024

§ 25-1.5-503’s source at colorado​.gov