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Office of Mental Health

Behavioral Health Information Technology (BH-IT)

As part of the behavioral health transition to managed care, New York State has designated providers to offer Adult Behavioral Health Home and Community Based Services to individuals within Health and Recovery Plans (HARP) who have been qualified to receive Adult BH HCBS. For providers engaging in (Adult BH HCBS) to remain viable during the behavioral health transition to managed care, providers must be able to:

  • Input data into Electronic Health Records (EHRs)
  • Access data from EHRs
  • Share health information among providers to improve integrated services, sustain financial viability, and reduce health care costs via reduction in Emergency Room/Inpatient services
  • Align with:
    • Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Performing Providers System (PPS)
    • Health Homes (HH)
    • Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIO)
    • State Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY).

To assure that all Adult BH HCBS providers are ready for Medicaid Managed Care services upon implementation of 1115 Waiver services, NYS created a Behavioral Health Information Technology Grant Program (BH-IT). Grant priority is given to HCBS providers most in need of supports. These grants help providers with:

  • Health Information Technology (HIT) scoping and vendor qualifications.
  • Initial purchase of licenses, system upgrades, and/or implementation and technical assistance for Electronic Health Records (EHR) and/or Electronic Billing Systems (EBS).

Resources:

RHIO Webinar Series PDF Document

BH-IT Program Guidelines PDF Document

June 18, 2015 – BH-IT Steering Committee Kickoff Meeting in NYC.

July 31, 2015 – BH-IT Steering Committee

HIT Grants Spending Guidance:

Spending Down Leftover Funding PDF Document

Please see below a memo and guidance that went out for Adult Behavioral Health - Home and Community Based Services (BH-HCBS) provider agencies that have received multiple Health Information Technology (HIT) grants or are eligible to participate in HIT support programs.

  1. Multiple HIT Grants Spending Guidance Memo PDF Document
  2. Final Guidance for Recipients of Multiple HIT Grants PDF Document