SAMHSA News Release
Date: 9/23/2011 12:00 PM
Media Contact: SAMHSA Press Office
SAMHSA announces grants awards totaling up to $13.2 million to build on Health Information Technology investments
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is announcing up to $13.2 million in new grants to support the expansion of health information technology (HIT) in health care settings that serve people with mental and substance use disorders.
As part of this new initiative, 47 community health centers working to integrate primary care and behavioral health services will receive a one year grant for $200,000. The grant will be used to develop health information technology infrastructure and expand the use of electronic health records (EHRs). Once the EHR systems are in place, patients and providers can have ready access to the latest information on effective treatments and support systems, and exchange health information through secure means with appropriate patient permission.
In addition, SAMHSA is announcing a $3.8 million grant award to assist community health centers and state designated agencies with their efforts to implement electronic health records. The grant award is being made to the National Council on Community Behavioral Health Care to enhance SAMHSA efforts underway to integrate primary and behavioral health care in community based settings.
“ Electronic health records improve quality, accountability, and cost effectiveness of health care services,” said SAMHSA Administrator, Pamela S. Hyde, J.D. “Persons with behavioral health problems often have significant physical health issues as well.These grants are a critical down payment on the health information technology investment needed to ensure behavioral health service providers are fully interoperable with the general health system.”
“Making meaningful use of EHRs represents the foundation for better health, improved care and lower costs," said National Coordinator for Health IT Dr. Farzad Mostashari. “EHRs offer providers the tools necessary to give patients, including those with mental health and substance use problems, the right care at the right time while protecting patient privacy and security.”
These efforts support SAMHSA’s strategic initiative on Health Information Technology. The actual awards are subject to the availability of funds and the grantees’ performance. The grantees and their award amounts are as follows:
For more information on SAMHSA’s efforts in health information technology, visit SAMHSA’s Health Information Technology Strategic Initiative Webpage.
For additional information about SAMHSA and its programs visit http://www.samhsa.gov/ .
SAMHSA is a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.
Last updated: 9/23/2011 11:15 AM
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