When Searching For Healthcare IT Jobs, Don’t Overlook Behavioral Health!

In yet another boon for Healthcare IT jobs creation, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced this week it is awarding up to 29 new grants, totaling up to $25 million over three years, to expand use of health information technology to increase access to behavioral health services.

According to the SAMHSA Website, this program will leverage technology to improve access and coordination of the treatment of mental and substance use disorders especially for Americans in remote areas or in under-served populations. Web-based services, smart phones, and behavioral health electronic applications (e-apps) will enhance communication between patients and health care providers to improve discussions about treatment options and decisions, and better manage health.

“One of the most important advances in medicine is the application of information technology to health care,” said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde. “Technology now offers substance abuse treatment programs new ways to reach people in need of treatment and recovery support with safe, high-quality care.”

Each grantee may receive up to $280,000 annually over three-years. The actual amounts may vary, depending on availability of funds and progress achieved by the awardees.

Below is a list of awardees and their projected yearly award amounts – savvy job seekers will get in touch with these facilities now to get an early foot in the door!

Grantees City State Yearly Award
Aliviane, Inc. El Paso Texas $280,000
Centerstone of Indiana Columbus Ind. $280,000
Clinical and Support Options, Inc. Greenfield Mass. $280,000
Kentucky River Community Care, Inc. Jackson Ky. $280,000
Human Services Center Peoria Ill. $279,087
Tarzana Treatment Centers Tarzana Calif. $280,000
Wright State University Dayton Ohio $279,990
Preferred Family Healthcare Inc. Kirksville Mont. $273,738
Odyssey House Louisiana Inc. New Orleans La. $280,000
Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System Chattanooga Tenn. $280,000
Health Services Center, Inc. Anniston Ala. $280,000
CETPA Norcross Ga. $280,000
Street Works Nashville Tenn. $280,000
Northern Ohio Recovery Association Cleveland Ohio $280,000
The University of Tennessee Knoxville Tenn. $279, 659
University of KS Medical Ctr Research Institute Kansas City Kans. $280,000
Arapahoe House, Inc. Thorton Colo. $280,000
Loyola Recovery Foundation, Inc. Pittsford N.Y. $273,681
River Edge Behavioral Health Center Macon Ga. $280,000
Aspire Indiana, Inc. Nobelsville Ind. $262,792
Richmond Behavioral Health Authority Richmond Va. $280,000
WestCare Nevada, Inc. Las Vegas Nev. $280,000
Turning Point Paterson N.J. $279,581
Spectrum Programs, Inc. Miami Fla. $280,000
Advocates, Inc. Framingham Mass. $279,970
Nicasa, NFP Round Lake Ill. $267,882
TASC, Inc. Chicago Ill. $267,881
Central Oklahoma Family Medical Center, Inc. Konowa Okla. $262,579
First Call Alco/Drug Prevention & Recovery Kansas City Mo. $265,927

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Gwen Darling

Gwen Darling is a Search Executive specializing in Healthcare IT, the Founder of Healthcare IT Central (the leading online Career Center for Healthcare IT job seekers and employers), and the Former Editor/Founder of Healthcare IT Today. Gwen also is a featured blogger for Healthcare Informatics magazine.