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Behavioral Health HIT Workgroup

Behavioral Health HIT Workgroup

In 2017, the Office of Health Information Technology conducted a Behavioral Health HIT Scan to gain a better understanding of the HIT/HIE landscape among behavioral health organizations, including their adoption and use of electronic health records (EHRs) and health information exchange (HIE). In 2018, HITOC chartered the Behavioral Health HIT Workgroup to prioritize the recommendations identified in the Behavioral Health HIT Scan report.

OHA staff and Workgroup members presented its work to HITOC in December 2018. The Workgroup’s Report supports OHA’s current efforts and provides additional recommended actions. The work informs HITOC about the behavioral health system’s ongoing foundational needs. The Workgroup will continue meeting in 2019 to further develop its recommendations and inform OHA’s HIT/HIE efforts impacting behavioral health.


Workgroup Charter

Behavioral Health HIT Workgroup Charter (last updated September 2018)


Kacy Burgess, Clinical Information Systems Analyst at Deschutes County Health Services
Jeremiah Elliott, Senior Administrative Services Manager at Marion County Health & Human Services
Wayne Haddad, Chief Information Officer, Central City Concern
Ashley Furrer, Behavioral Health Data Analyst at PeaceHealth Medical Group
Vanessa Heckman, Director of Information Technology at Morrison Child and Family Services
Denise Olson, Treatment Services Supervisor at Josephine County Community Corrections
Craig Rusch, CIO at Albertina Kerr
Steve Sanden, Executive Director at Bay Area First Step
Shelly Uhrig, COO at Options For Southern Oregon, Inc.
Juliana Wallace, Director, Unity Services at Unity Center for Behavioral Health
Jill Whiteford, Director of Quality and Program Evaluation at Catholic Charities of Oregon

Staff contact

Jessi Wilson, Meaningful Use Program Manager:

Next Meeting

2020 Meetings

2019 Meetings

2018 Meetings

Past Events

Behavioral Health Learning Collaboratives 

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) was proud to sponsor two virtual Behavioral Health Learning Collaboratives in September 2020. The events provided an opportunity to collaborate and to provide behavioral health organizations with technical assistance around the adoption or upgrade of electronic health record (EHR) systems and the adoption and use of health information exchange (HIE) tools. The collaboratives brought a variety of subject matter experts and behavioral health stakeholders together to discuss topics related to behavioral health and health IT. Funding for these events was provided through a SAMHSA block grant, and content was developed through the recommendations of the Health Information Technology Oversight Council Behavioral Health HIT Workgroup. Please see the attached agendas and read the overviews for additional details about each event. 

Behavioral Health HIT Learning Collaborative – September 1st 2020

HIT Commons Behavioral Health Collaborative – Connecting the Dots: HIT/HIE Tools for Behavioral Health – September 21st 2020