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Behavioral Health Work Group Minutes - February 3 2011 

February 3, 2011

ILHIE Behavioral Health Work Group Members (by phone):

  • Attendees (all by phone)
  • Connie Christen, Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS)
  • Mark Chudzinski, Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT)
  • Kathye Gorosh, New Age Services Corporation
  • Krysta Heaney, OHIT
  • Jim Hobbs, Department of Human Services (DHS)
  • Jessica Ledesma, Department of Public Health
  • Marvin Lindsey, Community Behavioral Health Association of Illinois
  • Rick Nance, DHS
  • Jay Ready, Chicago Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights & Healthcare Consortium of Illinois
  • Meryl Camin Sosa, Illinois Psychiatric Society

Welcome and Review of Minutes

After introductions the minutes were reviewed and approved by the Work Group.

Update on OHIT Activities and Legal Work Groups

Mark Chudzinski updated the group, saying the Governor has not yet appointed the Health Information Exchange (HIE) Authority Board, but is expected to do so soon.

At the Legal Experts meeting, they discussed aspects of behavioral health and substance abuse, but Mark has nothing new to report yet for this group. He indicated that the recommendations to Health and Human Services (HHS) from the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, distributed for this meeting, indicates a growing interest in behavioral health issues.

Krysta Heaney said that the HHS announced two Direct Pilot projects. One is for immunizations (Minnesota), and the other is for care summaries (Rhode Island).

Update on Consent Survey

Jim Hobbs reported that the survey draft was put into the Survey Monkey survey software, he is now testing it. Jim would like this group to take the survey, and provide feedback about it to the group by Monday. Meryl Sosa said that when the survey is complete, she can distribute it to the 1,100 members of the Illinois Psychiatric Society.

Brief Update on FOID and PMP

Jim Hobbs reported that several of his staff have met with the Illinois State Police (ISP) to discuss changes, and improvements, which should be made in the Firearm Owner's Identification System (FOID). ISP is hopeful that funding opportunities will present this coming fiscal year to implement new application development. Improvements will include parts of the DHS legacy system.

Jim also reported that an amendment to the controlled substances statute has been developed, and DHS Legislative Services is working with sponsors at this time. It includes changes that will enhance the Prescription Monitoring Program at DHS.

Marvin inquired about the status of the DHS Framework project. Jim gave an overview, saying that the project is an attempt to develop a single information technology solution to support intake, eligibility determination, case management and administration across all human service agencies. DHS is the lead agency, but all other human service agencies are included on the planning and steering committee membership. The Framework project is still in the initial phases of collecting and analyzing information. Until recently, Greg Wass, State CIO, was lead on this project, with support from DHS project manager, Susan Locke. It is worth noting that the plan will include outreach to end users, and community providers, early in the planning phase of the project. Jim will check to see if Susan can provide updated information at an upcoming meeting.

Discussion on Work Plans for Identified Topics

Marvin Lindsey said the work group will continue to compile information as it is received. As issues are identified, the group will move on to the next issue.

Next Meeting

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 3, 2011, from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Meeting adjourned.