State mental health agencies (SMHAs) are responsible for funding and providing mental health services to more than 6 million persons every year. The SMHAs have information technology systems that are used to identify and count mental health clients and measure system performance. However States’ information technology systems vary widely in terms of the types of information collected and their ability to link data between hospitals and community mental health providers. This report reviews the current status of mental health IT in the States and their efforts to improve these crucial systems.
Date Added: 3/15/09
Inventory #: SMA08-4361