Netsmart-hosted solution to support delivery and management of
coordinated behavioral healthcare for nation’s largest county
OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
and the Los
Angeles County Department. of Mental Health (LACDMH) have reached a
major milestone with the initial launch of the Integrated Behavioral
Health Information System (IBHIS).
IBHIS is LACDMH’s comprehensive behavioral health clinical,
administrative and financial information system through which LACDMH
coordinates behavioral health services for a county with a population of
nearly 10 million.
“After intensive preparation and teamwork from everyone at LACDMH and
our partners at Netsmart, we’re extremely pleased to have IBHIS up and
running,” said LACDMH Director Marvin Southard, D.S.W. “This huge leap
forward will create never-before-seen capabilities to quickly access and
share information critical to the support and care of our clients and
The initial phase will be followed by additional LACDMH
directly-operated clinics and contracted providers going online. During
the next several months, more than 3,000 users and over 600 contracted
providers will be using IBHIS information in real time, providing
coordinated care through real-time access to authorized health record
information key to continuity of care.
IBHIS uses Netsmart’s myAvatar™
CareRecord™ as its foundation electronic health record (EHR), which
interfaces with contracted provider EHRs and will interface with other
Los Angeles County information systems to improve overall care
coordination. The system is hosted by the NetsmartPlexus™
Cloud secure hosting service in the company’s SSAE16-certified, ISO
27001/27002-compliant data center.
When fully deployed, LACDMH will manage approximately one-third of
California MediCal (Medicaid) claims dollar volume using IBHIS.
“We’re pleased to play a key role in the development and launch of a
system that will help transform the way LACDMH delivers behavioral
health services to people in the nation’s largest county,” said Netsmart
CEO Michael Valentine. “This implementation brought predictability to a
complex process and helped structure a true partnership between Netsmart
and LACDMH. And this is just the beginning…a foundation for the future.
LACDMH is a leader and innovator, and together we’re poised to have a
positive impact not only for those served by LACDMH, but for the larger
behavioral health community.”
Netsmart is the knowledge and technology partner for nearly 480 county
behavioral health providers nationwide, including 18 counties in
California. Netsmart has received the Premier Partner of the Year award
from the National Association of Counties (NACo) for its commitment to
empower counties, county employees and communities while developing
public-private solutions and relationships.
The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health is the largest
county-operated mental health department in the United States, directly
operating 75 program sites and more than 100 co-located sites. Each
year, it contracts with approximately 600 agencies and individual
practitioners to provide a spectrum of mental health services to more
than 250,000 residents of all ages. The Department’s mission – enriching
lives through partnership to strengthen our community’s capacity to
support recovery and resiliency – is accomplished by working with
stakeholders and community partners to provide clinically competent,
culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate mental health
services to clients in the least restrictive manner possible.
Netsmart is committed to helping health and human services providers
deliver effective, outcomes-based care with NetsmartCareFabric™,
a tightly woven framework of innovative clinical and business solutions
and services that supports integrated, coordinated delivery of health
services across the spectrum of care.
More than 23,000 client organizations, including 450,000 care providers
and more than 40 state systems use Netsmart solutions to help improve
the quality of life for more than 25 million people each day. Netsmart
clients include mental health and addiction services agencies, health
homes, psychiatric hospitals, private and group mental health practices,
public health departments, social services and child and family health
agencies, managed care organizations, and vital records offices.
Netsmart is pleased to support the EveryDay Matters Foundation, which
was established for behavioral and public health organizations to learn
from each other and share their causes and stories. Organizations can
also request grants for their cause or to help fund technology that
advances the way care is delivered. For more information, visit www.everydaymatters.com/foundation.
Learn more about how Netsmart and CareFabric are changing the face of
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Dave Kishler, 614-764-0143, Ext. 7252