The BHIT Coalition and partners submit letters of support and comments to Congressional Committees, Congressman, and Federal Agencies.





Policy Agenda

The BHIT Coalition promotes a mental health and addiction policy agenda that strongly supports interoperable, electronic health records for both primary and behavioral health care providers as follows:

  • ‚ÄčThe inclusion of behavioral health information technology incentives in the implementation of the Medication Assisted Treatment bundled care demonstrations, as authorized in the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (P.L. 115-271). These three demonstrations, totaling over $610 million dollars of new, federal spending expanding access to MAT will not be properly implemented without a set-aside for adoption of EHR systems for participating providers. 
  • The recognition that these providers are not post-acute, and patients will only receive effective, high-quality care from well-trained and licensed mental and behavioral health professionals in a setting designed to meet their specific and unique needs if EHR systems are present in their health care setting.


July 22, 2014 Senate Staff Briefing

"Behavioral Health Information Technology: A Tool to Save Money and Improve Quality Care"


March 12, 2013 Senate Staff Briefing

"Behavioral Health Information Technology: A Tool to Save Money and Improve Quality Care"


July 20, 2011 Senate Staff Briefing

"Saving Money and Lives: A Briefing on Behavioral Health Information Technology"




Letters of Support/Comments

Legislative History: 

  • SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6 Section 6001) sponsored by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR). 

  • Improving Access to Behavioral Health Information Technology Act (S. 1732) sponsored by Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). 

  • To Amend Title XI of SSA to promote testing of incentive payments for behavioral health providers for adoption and use of certified EHR technology (H.R. 3331) sponsored by Reps. Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)

  • Integrating Behavioral Health Through Technology Act of 2016 (S. 2691)  sponsored by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).

  • Behavioral Health Information Technology Coordination Act of 2013 (S. 1685) sponsored by Senator Rob Portman (R-OH).

  • Behavioral Health Information Technology Act of 2013 (H.R.2957) sponsored by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA-18).

  • Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2013 (H.R. 3717) (BHIT section) sponsored by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA-18).

  • Behavioral Health Information Technology Act of 2013 (S. 1517) sponsored by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).

December 3, 2014 Senate Staff Briefing

"Behavioral Health Information Technology: A Tool to Save Money and Improve Quality Care"




Thank you to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA-6), and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK-2) for their leadership in the inclusion of S. 6001 of the SUPPORT Act, urging CMMI to provide BHIT Incentives!