Section 47-6.6 - Service obligation

47-6.6 Service obligation.

(a) Service obligation. A recipient is required to practice in an underserved area in the profession for which he/she received an award for a period of 18 months for each annual award received for full-time study. A recipient is required to practice in an underserved area in the profession for which he/she received an award for a period of 9 months for each annual award received for part-time study. However, in no case shall the total number of months of service be less than 18. If a recipient receives more than one award, the service obligations for such awards shall run consecutively.

(b) Practice requirements. A recipient must agree to the following practice requirements:

(1) provide primary care services in an underserved area;

(2) work in a practice site that accepts payment on behalf of beneficiaries of Title XVIII of the federal Social Security Act (Medicare) and individuals eligible for medical assistance pursuant to Title 11 of article five of the Social Services law; and

(3) provide thirty-five hours per week of direct patient care in the underserved area.

(c) Reporting date. A recipient is required to begin his/her service obligation within 60 days of either completing the education for which he/she has received a Primary Care Service Corps scholarship award, or receiving a license or becoming registered or certified, as appropriate, in that profession, whichever occurs later, except that the reporting date shall not exceed:

The number of months from the effective date as determined by the following formula:

M = (Y x 12) + 6

where "M" is the maximum number of months from the effective date of the award by which a recipient must begin the service obligation; "Y" is the number of years in which funding is received.

(1) In the case of a recipient whose award has been deferred, the period of time of the approved deferral shall not be included in the calculation of the reporting date described in this section.

(d) Alternative service. In the event a recipient fails to qualify for licensure, registration or certification, as appropriate, or is unable to fulfill the service obligation in the profession for which the Primary Care Service Corps scholarship award is given, the Commissioner may permit the individual to provide alternative service which would meet the intent of the public service obligation.
 

Effective Date: 
Wednesday, October 22, 1997
Doc Status: 
Complete