CBHI CANS Interface Development Grant Program

This grant program provides incentive funds to qualified behavioral health Electronic Health Record (EHR) system vendors to develop, test, and implement an HL7 interface that will automatically extract data from the EHR system, compile it according to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services’ (EOHHS) Children's Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI) interface specification, and submit it to the Commonwealth’s system. The awarded vendors must implement this interface in production at three Massachusetts organizations, unaffiliated with each other, providing behavioral health services in the Commonwealth and provide support services to those organizations for at least two years following the successful submittal, in production, of patient data to CBHI. 

MeHI awarded 4 EHR system vendors a total of $193,000 to development technology to improve the efficiency of submitting CANS assessment data to the state's CBHI program. A press release announcement was published in August 2017.

Grantee EHR System Vendors

Award Amount

BH Partner

eHana

$54,000

1. Bay State Community Services
2. CHD (Center for Human Development)
3. Eliot Community Health (MSPCC)

Netsmart Technologies (MyEvolve)

$54,000

1. The Edinburg Center
2. Gosnold on Cape Cod
3. The Home for Little Wanderers

PsyTech Solutions

$31,000

1. Amesbury Psychological Center
2. Multicultural Wellness Center
3. Jewish Family and Children's Services

Qualifacts Systems

$54,000

1. Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc.
2. Family Services Association of Fall River
3. BHN, Inc.

Incentive Payments

MeHI will award up to three incentive payments upon achievement of successive milestones. Vendors are expected to successfully reach Milestone 2 by June 30, 2017 and to successfully reach Milestone 3 by December 31, 2017. 

Milestone 1 – 50% for an interface developed and tested with EOHHS’ test system. The vendor must coordinate testing with EOHHS. Payment will be made once there is sign-off by EOHHS that the interface has successfully tested and is error free.

Milestone 2 – 25%, for the first identified unaffiliated behavioral health provider organization customer successfully submitting to the production CBHI application. The vendor must coordinate customer testing and the move to production with EOHHS. Payment will be made once the State certifies that a transaction from the customer has been received and successfully loaded into EOHHS’ database.

Milestone 3 – 25%, for the Third unaffiliated behavioral health provider organization customer successfully submitting to the production CBHI application. The vendor must coordinate customer testing and the move to production with EOHHS. Payment will be made once the State certifies that a transaction from the customer has been received and successfully loaded into EOHHS’ database.