Behavioral Health Information Technology (BHIT) Program

Electronic Health Records/Electronic Billing Systems (EHR/EBS) for Adult Behavioral Health—Home and Community-Based Service (Adult BH-HCBS) Providers

About the Program

The Behavioral Health Information Technology (BHIT) Program was launched by the New York State Department of Health (DOH), Office of Mental Health (OMH), and Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) to support Adult Behavioral Health—Home and Community-Based Service (BH-HCBS) providers in the adoption, implementation, and upgrade of certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Electronic Billing Software (EBS) to successfully document and bill for their Adult BH-HCBS services to Medicaid Managed Care.

As of May 31, 2018, the program has ended. 

New York State Approved BH-HCBS Billable Services

 

Psychological Rehabilitation

Family Support and Training

Education Support Services

Transitional Employment

Community Psychiatric Support and Treatment

Short-Term Crisis Respite

Peer Support Services

Intensive Supported Employment

Habilitation

Intensive Crisis Respite

Pre-vocational Services

On-going Supported Employment

Feedback Requested: BHIT Close-Out Survey

The following survey has been created to assess how electronic health records (EHRs) have impacted behavioral health provider organizations and their ability to promote health and wellness across their patient populations. 

 


 

Eligibility

Depending on their current status, Adult BH-HCBS providers will receive either payment assistance and technical support for adopting a BHIT-qualified Electronic Health Record/Electronic Billing Software (EHR/EBS) or, for those with a qualified system, technical support and an upgrade at no cost to the Adult BH-HCBS provider agency.

Eligible Providers WITHOUT an ONC-Certified Electronic Health Records and Billing System

Adult BH-HCBS providers utilizing paper records or an electronic system that has not been certified by ONC for Meaningful Use will be assisted with selection and implementation of an ONC-certified system from a qualified vendor list. This includes:

  • Vendor set up/implementation fees (up to a capped amount)
  • Up to two years of pre-negotiated vendor license fees (up to a capped amount)
  • Training to document Adult BH-HCBS services/member progress as well as successfully conduct Adult BH-HCBS Medicaid Managed Care billing transactions

Eligible Providers WITH an ONC-Certified Electronic Health Records and Billing System

Adult BH-HCBS providers using an ONC-certified EHR/EBS system that meets established BHIT program guidelines will be provided with:

  • A functionality system upgrade at no cost
  • Training to document Adult BH-HCBS services/member progress as well as successfully conduct Adult BH-HCBS Medicaid Managed Care billing transactions