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 - 222 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 - 222 KB) with the deeming application effective April 23, 2021.

VHP Resource Toolkit

Pursuant to Executive Order 13891, the information in this website does not bind the public, except as authorized by law or as incorporated into a contract.

Date Last Reviewed:  May 2021