Centerstone Research Institute CEO to Testify Before U.S. Congress

Dr. Dennis Morrison to discuss the power and potential of research-based health information technology for behavioral health providers

Bloomington, Ind. and Nashville, Tenn. — Centerstone Research Institute (CRI), a unique not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving mental healthcare through research and information technology, today announced that its CEO, Dr. Dennis Morrison, will provide testimony during a congressional briefing on health information technology and the behavioral health and substance use provider. It will be held Wednesday, June 30, 2010, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Congressional Meeting Room South, in Washington, D.C.

The briefing, sponsored by the Congressional Mental Health Caucus, will cover issues related to federal incentive payments for the adoption of health IT and the need for behavioral health providers to be included in these payments. Dr. Morrison will discuss how CRI’s commitment to research, outcomes, and information technology has resulted in significant cost savings and care improvements. He will also testify as to how the clinical decision support enabled by health IT can improve diagnostic accuracy and promote personalized care.

The Congressional Mental Health Caucus organized the briefing to provide context for HR 5040, the Behavioral Health Information Technology Extension Act of 2010. This bill extends the 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act to include behavioral health providers. The HITECH Act was enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in January 2009. It makes $19 billion available for new Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement incentives to encourage a wide array of providers to use health information technology. HR 5040 supports behavioral health providers in providing electronic health information systems and promoting effective coordination and integration of healthcare.

Other behavioral health leaders testifying at the June 30 briefing include:

  • Joe Parks, MD, Chair, National Association of State Mental Health Program Director’s Medical Council, Alexandria, Va.
  • Jim Balla, MBA, Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, Pacific Clinics, Arcadia, Calif.

About Centerstone Research Institute
Centerstone Research Institute (CRI) is a unique not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving mental healthcare through research, information technology and clinical informatics. CRI conducts service and clinical studies and partners with leading research institutions to advance knowledge of mental health and addiction disorders and discover innovative treatments. The organization maintains an Institutional Review Board and manages the Knowledge Network, a technology-based, partner-driven alliance to facilitate the translation of research to practice. CRI also offers Behavioral Pathway Systems, a best practices benchmarking service. CRI is a recipient of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare’s Innovation Award. For more information about CRI, please visit www.centerstoneresearch.org.