HHS' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration announced that 29 grant recipients will receive a total of $25 million to expand the use of health information technology and improve access to behavioral health services.
SAMHSA announces $25 million in health IT grants
As part of SAMHSA's Strategic Initiative on Health Information Technology, the grants are intended to use technology to improve access and coordination in treating mental and substance-use disorders especially among underserved populations and in rural areas. The grants will vary in amount by grantee, and funding came from the agency's fiscal 2012 budget. Each recipient could receive as much as $280,000 per year over a three-year period, according to SAMHSA.
In an announcement about the funding, the agency noted that Web-based services, smartphones and behavioral health electronic applications are some of the tools to promote better communication between patients and their providers.
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