Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) has introduced legislation to enable behavioral health professionals to participate in the electronic health records meaningful use program and other programs under the HITECH Act, such as regional extension centers and Beacon Communities.

The Behavioral Health IT Coordination Act of 2013, S. 1685, would cover clinical psychologists in public and private psychiatric hospitals, community mental health centers, and residential or outpatient mental health or substance abuse treatment facilities. The bill was referred to the Senate Finance Committee, of which Portman is a member.

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