The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is awarding up to $750,000 to help enable opioid treatment programs to develop electronic health record systems. These systems will allow the opioid treatment programs to fulfill their regulatory requirements, achieve certified status and become interoperable with other patient health record systems. Overall these enhancements will enable opioid treatment programs to provide better service and behavioral health outcomes for their patients.
"Treatment programs for people with opioid addictions must be able to exchange essential health care information in order to provide their patients with comprehensive, effective care," said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde. "These grants will help more treatment programs develop the state-of-the-art information systems which improve patient care and the likelihood of full recovery."
SAMHSA will award 15 one-year grants of up to $50,000 to treatment programs across the nation. Actual award amounts may vary, depending on the availability of funds. The grantees include:
Grantee Award Amount
Seven Hills Behavioral Health, New Bedford, Mass. $50,000
Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, Inc., Kansas City, Mo. $50,000
Community Health Resources, Windsor, Conn. $50,000
Narco Freedom, Inc., Bronx, N.Y. $50,000
University of Colorado/ Denver, Denver, Colo. $50,000
Community Healthlink, Inc., Worcester, Mass. $50,000
Therapeutic Health Services, Seattle, Wash. $50,000
Drug Abuse Comprehensive Coordinating Office, Tampa, Fla. $50,000
WellSpring Resources, Alton, Ill. $50,000
AltaMed Health Services Corporation, Los Angeles, Calif. $49,888
Hartford Dispensary, Manchester, Conn. $50,000
United Community Services, Inc., Des Moines, Iowa $50,000
North Philadelphia Health System, Philadelphia, Pa. $49,876
VIP Community Services, Inc., Bronx, N.Y. $50,000
Spectrum Health Services, Inc., Worcester, Mass. $48,211
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.