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SAMHSA News Release

Date: 9/23/2011 12:00 PM
Media Contact: SAMHSA Press Office
Telephone: 240-276-2130

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:

Grantees

Award Amount

 

Community HealthLink, Mass.

$199,999

Tarzana Treatment Center, Calif.

$200,000

Prestera Ctr. for Mental Health Services, WV

$200,000

Shawnee Mental Health Center, Inc., Ohio

$200,000

Human Service Center, Ill.

$200,000

Oklahoma. Dept. of Mental Health/Subs Abuse

$200,000

Coastal Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. Fla.

$200,000

Asian Counseling and Referral Service, Wash.

$200,000

Southeast Center, Inc., OH

$200,000

Centerstone of Indiana, Ind.

$200,000

Lifestream Behavioral Center, Inc., Fla.

$200,000

Native American Rehabilitation Assn., Ore.

$199,997

Bridges, A Community Support System, Inc., Conn.

$200,000

CODAC Behavioral Health Services, Inc., Ariz.

$200,000

Providence Center, Inc., R.I.

$200,000

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, N.J.

$199,099

Postgraduate Center for Mental Health, N.Y.

$200,000

Bronx-Lebanon Hops. Ctr., N.Y.

$200,000

Care Plus NJ, Inc., N.J.

$200,000

Washtenaw Community Health Org., Mich.

$199,987

Glenn County Health Services Agency, Calif.

$200,000

Community Health and Counseling, Maine

$200,000

Apalachee Center, Inc., Fla.

$200,000

Downtown Emergency Service Ctr., Wash.

$200,000

Miami Behavioral Health Ctr., Fla.

$200,000

Weber Human Services, Utah

$200,000

Community Rehabilitation Ctr., Fla.

$200,000

Southlake Community Hlth Ctr., Ind.

$200,000

Milestone Centers, Inc., Pa.

$200,000

Community Mental Health Affiliates, Inc, Conn.

$200,000

ICD-International Ctr. For the Disabled, N.Y.

$200,000

Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Ser., Ohio

$199,360

Kent Ctr. For Human and Org. Develop, R.I.

$199,266

Family Services, Inc., Md.

$200,000

Heritage Behavioral Health Ctr., Ill.

$200.000

Asian Community Mental Health Services, Calif.

$200,000

Adult and Child Mental Health Ctr., Ind.

$199,966

Montrose Counseling Ctr., Inc. Texas

$200,000

Horizon House, Inc., Pa.

$199,293

San Mateo County Health System, Calif.

$196,684

Pennyroyal Regional MH-MR Board, Ky.

$200,000

Trilogy, Inc., Ill

$199,980

Alaska Island Community Services, Ala.

$200,000

Mental Health Center of Denver, Colo.

$199,619

North Care Center, Okla.

$200,000

Community Council of Nashua, N.H.

$200,000

Center for Families and Children, Inc., Ohio

$200,000

 

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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