National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare survey finds low HIT readiness: To be eligible for incentive payments for adopting electronic health records, organizations must meet federally established criteria for “meaningful use” of health information technology (HIT) to record and report key data and to achieve specific goals in patient care. Data from a recent survey of nearly 500 behavioral health organizations show that only 2% of community mental health and addictions treatment organizations feel ready to meet meaningful use requirements, a much lower proportion than their counterparts providing general medical care. When asked about barriers to implementing HIT, 30% of respondents identified “upfront financial costs” as the leading roadblock, followed by 12% who listed “ongoing maintenance costs.” The 47-page report, HIT Adoption and Meaningful Use Readiness in Community Behavioral Health, attributes the disparity in large part to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which provided more than $19 billion for HIT incentive payments but did not qualify behavioral health organizations to receive facility incentive payments. The report calls on Congress to narrow the digital divide between behavioral health and the rest of health care by passing the Behavioral Health Information Technology Act. The full report is available online at www.thenationalcouncil.org.