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Important Technology Survey Needs Completion
August 8, 2008

The Pennsylvania Departments of Health (DOH) and Public Welfare (DPW) are interested in determining the existing information technology capacity, as well as the existing technology needs, of drug and alcohol and mental health treatment providers across the commonwealth.

Previously, the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) and the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Programs (BDAP) were asked by the administration to postpone moving ahead with respective data systems in order to work together to examine the current differences of each system and the possibilities of a more seamless process, especially in light of the work being done to advance co-occurring services. The chief information technology staff from DOH and DPW, along with program staff from OMHSAS and BDAP, were charged with examining the implications of the two systems from provider, county, and state levels. In order to assist with this effort providers are being asked to complete a survey.

A joint DOH/DPW letter was distributed electronically earlier this week. The departments requested that associations also distribute the survey to members in order to reach as many providers as possible. PCPA members are strongly encouraged to respond to this request for information as soon as possible, but no later than the deadline of August 22. This will be very important data for the commonwealth and the service delivery system.

Access the questionnaire at www.zoomerang.com/Survey/?p=WEB2282DNC7A2T.

Address questions about the Behavioral Health Provider Technology Questionnaire to Robin Rothermel, DOH, 717-783-8200, or Brenda Uhler, DPW, 717-705-8164.

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