Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who this month introduced the Behavioral Health Information Technology Act (S.539), has circulated a letter to his colleagues in the Senate urging their support for the bill. S. 539 would extend financial incentives for the adoption and meaningful use of health IT to include certain mental health and addictions treatment providers and facilities. Under current law, many types of behavioral health providers are not eligible to receive these payments – yet establishing a nationwide interoperable system of electronic health information is critical to coordinating care and improving outcomes.
If you have not done so already, please contact your Senators today and urge them to cosponsor S. 539. For more information about this important legislation, please see the National Council’s fact sheet on behavioral health IT.