• Sponsor: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
  • Introduced: 03/16/2016
  • Summary: The Integrating Behavioral Health through Technology Act of 2016 (S. 2691) establishes a pilot program in up to 5 states, where incentive payments may be made to eligible professionals and eligible behavioral health facilities for the adoption and use of certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology, with preference given to states that have a statewide health information exchange (HIE) that includes behavioral health data. 
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115th Congress

Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2013
(H.R. 3717)- EHR Section

  • Sponsor:  Rep. Murphy (R-PA-18)
  • Introduced:  12/12/2013
  • Summary:  Corrects oversight in HITECH Act to include behavioral and mental health care providers, substance abuse professionals, psychiatric hospitals, certain community mental health centers, and residential or outpatient mental health or substance abuse treatment facilities. 
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To Amend Title XI of the Social Security Act to promote testing of incentive payments for behavioral health providers for adoption and use of certified electronic health record technology (H.R. 3331)

  • Sponsor:  Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA-6) and Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS-2) 
  • Introduced: 7/20/2017
  • Summary: Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation will add to existing policy to test models to provide incentive payments to behavioral health providers for adoption and use of certified electronic health record technology.
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Behavioral Health Information Technology
Coordination Act of 2013  (H.R. 2957)

  • Sponsor:  Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA-18)
  • Introduced:  08/01/2013
  • Summary:  Corrects oversight in HITECH Act to include behavioral and mental health care providers, substance abuse professionals, psychiatric hospitals, certain community mental health centers, and residential or outpatient mental health or substance abuse treatment facilities. 
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Behavioral Health Information Technology
Act of 2013  (S. 1517)

  • Sponsor:  Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
  • Introduced:  9/18/2013
  • Summary:  Corrects oversight in HITECH Act to include behavioral and mental health care providers, substance abuse professionals, psychiatric hospitals, certain community mental health centers, and residential or outpatient mental health or substance abuse treatment facilities. 
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Strengthening Mental Health in our Communities Act of 2014 (H.R. 4574)- EHR Section

  • Sponsor:  Rep. Barber (D-AZ-2)
  • Introduced:  5/6/2014
  • Summary:  Corrects oversight in HITECH Act to include behavioral and mental health care providers, substance abuse professionals, psychiatric hospitals, certain community mental health centers, and residential or outpatient mental health or substance abuse treatment facilities. 
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Behavioral Health Information Technology
Coordination Act of 2014  (S. 1685)

  • Sponsor:  Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH)
  • Introduced:  11/12/2013
  • Summary:  Corrects oversight in HITECH Act to include behavioral and mental health care providers, substance abuse professionals, psychiatric hospitals, certain community mental health centers, and residential or outpatient mental health or substance abuse treatment facilities.  Bill includes a pay-for.
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Improving Access to Behavioral Health Information Technology Act (S. 1732) 

  • Sponsor: Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) 
  • Introduced:  8/3/2017
  • Summary: Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation will test models to provide incentive payments to behavioral health providers for: (1) adopting electronic health records technology, and (2) using this technology to improved the quality and coordination of care
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Integrating Behavioral Health Through Technology Act of 2016 (S. 2691)

Helping Families In Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015 (H.R. 2646)

113th Congress

114th Congress

SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6 Section 6001)


  • Sponsor: Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR-2) 
  • Introduced: 6/13/2018
  • ​Summary: Medicare provisions are including testing of incentive payments for Behavioral Health Providers for adoption and Use of Certified Electronic Health Record Technology. H.R. 3331 and S.1732 contained specific language and priorities for the House and Senate. Ultimately, both bills were integrated into H.R. 6, which was signed into law by President Trump on 10/24/2018.
  • Public Law No: 115-271 
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  • Sponsor: Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA-18)
  • Introduced: 06/11/2015
  • Summary: Improves the integration between behavioral and primary care treatment by extending the  health information technology for mental health providers to coordinate care with primary care providers using electronic health records.
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