Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced that $6,081,700 will be awarded to 122 behavioral health providers that offer children’s services to improve or develop their technological infrastructure. Some $697,900 will go to the Finger Lakes region.

The funds, awarded statewide, will be used by providers to implement new technologies to launch or update their Medicaid billing infrastructure. Local providers receiving the funds include the Wayne County Community Service Board and Wayne County Action Program Inc.

“This administration is committed to providing the best possible health care environment for our state’s children,” Cuomo said. “As we transform and modernize the behavioral healthcare system, this funding will help providers utilize technology to streamline services and continue to improve the lives of young people across the state.”

The one-time funding will be used by providers to purchase technological infrastructure upgrades including electronic health record or billing software and new servers to support database systems as well as computers, routers and other hardware. The funding will also be used to educate staff on how to operate these new systems. Each selected provider will receive $49,850, and is under the jurisdiction of the Office of Mental Health and Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

“Upgrading technology will lead to new and improved services for children in New York state,” said Dr. Ann Marie Sullivan, commissioner at the New York State Office of Mental Health. “The transition to managed care and development of new home and community based services will expand the variety and scale of service options available to children with behavioral health service needs. It is of the utmost importance that the providers that comprise our system are well equipped to serve the children and families who rely upon their expert care.”

“Ensuring that our addiction treatment providers have up-to-date technology is vital to our mission of serving young people and families who are battling addiction,” said Arlene González-Sánchez, commissioner at the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. “As our treatment providers transition to managed care, these new funds will help our providers continue operations without interruption so that they can focus on provision of quality substance use disorder services and supports.”

The funding comes in addition to the $10 million in health information technology upgrades that the governor recently announced for nonprofit organizations statewide. Additional health information technology awards are expected to be made in the upcoming fiscal year.