Bi-partisan legislation introduced in the U.S. House would permit behavioral health, mental health and substance abuse treatment professionals and facilities to participate in the electronic health records meaningful use program.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) in March 2011 introduced a similar bill, S. 539, in the Senate. The new House legislation has sponsorship from Democrats Tim Murphy (PA) and Tim Ryan (OH), and Republicans Marsha Blackburn (TN), Tom Marino (PA), John Sullivan (OK) and Pat Tiberi (OH).

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