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Behavioral Health Work Group Minutes - April 6 2011 

April 6, 2011

ILHIE Behavioral Health Work Group Members (by phone):

  • Attendees (all by phone)
  • Connie Christen, Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS)
  • Kathye Gorosh, New Age Services Corporation
  • Krysta Heaney, Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT)
  • Jim Hobbs, Department of Human Services (DHS)
  • Marvin Lindsey, Community Behavioral Health Association of Illinois
  • Rick Nance, DHS
  • Mike Ouska, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
  • Jay Ready, Chicago Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights & Healthcare Consortium of Illinois
  • Tom Remakel, Metropolitan Family Services

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

In the absence of Mark Chudzinski, Krysta Heaney and Rick Nance updated the group. Krysta reported that the Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT) is working on a Request for Proposal for the technical infrastructure for a statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE) and said that it will be complete soon.

Rick reported that the ILHIE Substance Abuse Legal Work Group developed an analysis worksheet pertaining to various statutes and regulations. Comments to the document are due April 12, 2011. Marvin will send a copy to the Work Group.

Krysta said that OHIT reached out to their counterparts in Oregon about what their strategies were for reaching out to the behavioral health community. Oregon staff said that in their Strategic and Operational Plan, they indicated that they were going forward with an EHR network solution for their state's behavioral health providers. The discussion included how they got to that point, strategies for stakeholder engagement and the barriers they encountered were identified. OHIT proposed to the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) the possibility of starting a community of practice around behavioral health and how it relates to HIE.

Marvin Lindsey commented that as Oregon developed their HIE, they knew funding issues around behavioral health enters did not receive enough funds. The funding received went to state-run facilities. A pilot project with Oregon and SAMSHA was done to show a less expensive way for community health providers to develop Electronic Medical Records (EMRs).

S. 539 – The Behavioral Health Information Technology Act of 2011

Marvin reported that S.539 bill was established which will expand the types of providers receiving the provider incentive funding. The expansion includes substance abuse facilities and community health.

Federal Health IT Strategic Plan: 2011-2015

Marvin said that the federal Health IT Strategic Plan specifically mentions behavioral health. The public comment period goes through April 22nd. SAMSHA and the ONC support exploring ways that the incentive program can support the adoption of EMR's in the behavioral health community. One of those is the Oregon pilot project.

Discussion on the Consent Survey

Mike Ouska updated the group saying that the first step with the work group is to concur on the survey results. The results were full of data, some unexpected, and there were a large number of respondents to the survey to make the data valid. Mike would like the work group to develop recommendations based on the survey results.

Mike reviewed the summary results from the Executive Summary handout. Discussion took place on the distribution of the survey and the low response rate. Mike requested that everyone review the survey results and let him know at the next meeting if he left out anything in the analysis. He would also like everyone to prepare for the next meeting, a list of recommendations and what the next steps should be.

Next Meeting

The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 4, 2011, from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Meeting adjourned.