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December 5, 2012

This is a reminder that applications for the National Council for Behavioral Health Health Information Technology Learning Community are due December 5. The six-month learning community will help member behavioral health services providers develop a plan for implementation of an electronic health record (EHR) system. PCPA provided detailed information in a November 20 Info. National Council suggests application to this learning community for mental health and/or substance use providers who have not implemented an EHR or are interested in replacing an inadequate system. More information and the application are available at http://www.thenationalcouncil.org/cs/learning_community. Organizations must commit to organizational and clinical leadership of the process, provision of time and resources for staff participation in the learning community, participation in all six instructional webinars and completion of assigned work products, and payment of required fees, among other provisions. Questions may be addressed to Kirsten Reed (kirstenr@thenationalcouncil.org or 202-684-7457, x234).

In January 2013, the State Association of Addiction Services (SAAS) will begin the BHbusiness: Mastering Essential Business Operations learning community initiative, in collaboration with the National Council for Behavioral Health, NIATx at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Advocates for Human Potential, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This six-month initiative will help behavioral health providers develop competencies in business strategies and processes to prepare for the anticipated influx of individuals needing behavioral health services under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Thirty learning networks nationwide will be supported through this initiative. The initiative is intended to develop a repository of resources and a structured curriculum on essential business operations that behavioral health providers can access as needed. More information is available at http://www.saasnet.org/bhb or by email to info@bhbusiness.org.

National Council has distributed a survey for clinical leaders in member organizations regarding use of new web-based and mobile technologies to deliver behavioral health care. National Council is collaborating with the Center for Technology and Behavioral Health, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College to explore how it can help members prepare for the future by incorporating new treatment tools and technologies into practice. Survey responses will be used to tailor National Council’s initiatives to member needs. Address questions about the survey to Michael Lardiere (mikel@thenationalcouncil.org or 202-684-7457, x273).

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