Health Center Volunteer Health Professionals (VHP)

Through enactment of Section 9025 of the 21st Century Cures Act (Pub. L. 114-255), subsection 224(q) was added to the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. § 233(q)), extending liability protections for the performance of medical, surgical, dental, and related functions to Volunteer Health Professionals (VHPs) at health centers that have also been deemed as employees of the Public Health Service (PHS). Through this process, VHPs of deemed health centers may receive deemed Public Health Service employment status, with associated Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) coverage.

Health Center VHP Deeming Application Process

The application process documented on this page is a guide. Please refer to the applicable Program Assistance Letter (PAL) (PDF - 422 KB) for specific details.

Health Center VHP Deeming Applications

The HRSA Electronic Handbooks (EHB) system is now open to accept applications from sponsoring health centers applying for deemed PHS employee status for volunteer health professionals.

In order to request coverage for a volunteer, a supplemental deeming application must be completed, submitted, and approved by HRSA through the EHB. Details regarding application requirements are available in the PAL (PDF - 422 KB) with the deeming application effective May 17, 2019.

VHP Resource Toolkit

Date Last Reviewed:  April 2019