This act shall be known, and may be cited, as the Bringing Health Care into Communities Act of 2023.
(a) The Bringing Health Care into Communities Program is hereby established with the purpose of providing housing assistance grants in accordance with this chapter.
(b) The agency shall administer the program. The agency shall provide housing grants to health professionals listed in Section 50262 to be used for mortgage payments for a permanent residence in a health professional shortage area, as designated by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development in accordance with existing office guidelines.
(c) A health professional eligible for a grant pursuant to this chapter shall be eligible for up to five years.
(d) A health professional who begins receiving a housing grant based on residency in a health professional shortage area is eligible to continue to receive a housing grant pursuant to this chapter if that area is no longer a health professional shortage area but shall not receive a housing grant for more than five years.
The following health professionals are eligible for housing grants pursuant to this chapter.
(a) Primary care physicians.
(c) Dental hygienists.
(d) Physician assistants.
(e) Nurse practitioners.
(f) Certified nurse midwives.
(h) Mental health providers.
(i) Behavioral health providers.
This chapter shall be operative upon appropriation by the Legislature.