ISLIP, N.Y., March 28 /PRNewswire/ -- CMHC Systems, Inc. (CMHC), Netsmart Technologies, (Nasdaq: NTST), through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Creative Socio-Medics, Inc. (CSM), and Intellipsych, LLC announce the formation of a joint venture company called LifeOptions Network, LLC aimed at providing a suite of Internet Services to Behavioral Health Providers. The initial offering from LifeOptions Network is a compelling re-brandable consumer healthcare portal, called CenterSite(TM) (http://www.centersite.net) that will initially allow the CMHC and CSM customer base the ability to deliver comprehensive consumer behavioral health information via the web. CMHC and CSM are two of the largest and most respected providers of IT products and services to the human services industry whose combined customer base employs more than 100,000 behavioral health practitioners. Intellipsych brings to LifeOptions Network the LifeNet platform a secure universal payer/universal provider connectivity solution, content from Lifescape.com, and a wealth of Internet technology expertise specifically focused on the needs of behavioral health providers. The joint venture will begin by selling within the combined customer base of its three constituent companies, but plans to quickly branch out to cover the entire industry through developing partnerships with provider associations, payers, and the public sector. CenterSite(TM) is based on the combined resources of two outstanding established websites, Mental Health Net and Lifescape.com. For the past 5 years, CMHC Systems, Inc. has sponsored and operated the award-winning Mental Health Net website (http://www.mentalhelp.net). Mental Health Net currently receives 500,000 visits and delivers more than 1.5 million pages of information every month. Lifescape.com (http://www.lifescape.com) is recognized as one of the premier sources of clinically vetted behavioral health information on the Web. The combination that CenterSite(TM) represents is unparalleled in the industry in depth, breadth, and quality. "LifeOptions signals a different way of doing business, as we work to make Web technology and its benefits accessible to our broader customer base," notes John Paton, President of CMHC Systems. "The combined knowledge of the behavioral health industry and resources of this joint endeavor is unique, something no one of us alone could bring to this effort, and clearly represents a commitment to succeed. We are especially pleased to be a part of this endeavor, which enables us to offer new services and value to these customers, based on the experience and good will we have gained in sponsoring Mental Health Net for the past five years." Jerry Koop, CEO of Creative Socio-Medics (CSM) stated, "The CenterSite platform completes the final link for the web portal business model. The site is supported by the combined strength of the largest suppliers of IT services in the behavioral health market, CSM and CMHC, and the leading connectivity platform in LifeNet. By pooling these resources, CenterSite becomes the ideal vehicle to distribute customized web sites and scalable practice management solutions to each partner's respective client base. A new age solution has been added to an established and successful business model." John L. Koontz of Intellipsych offered, "What differentiates LifeOptions from all of its processors is that we're enhancing all facets of a provider's professional relationships, with content facing the consumer and through LifeNet transactions facing the payer. We facilitate better clinical care via high quality information and interactive features, while not losing site of the importance of the business side with prompt eligibility, authorization and claims functionality." Paul Duck of Intellipsych added, "Given the spate of recent withdrawals from the provider IT field, and the rash of dot-com failures, we're soon going to be one of the few viable options in this space. LifeOptions, given the background and competence of its founding partners, is positioned on firm ground both technologically and fiscally for the long term." Mike McDonald, formerly the CFO of CMHC Systems, and responsible for the Mental Health Net website, has been named COO of the new venture. "We are very excited about this partnership and our first service offering. CenterSite gives providers a unique opportunity to reach out to their communities in a way that has not been possible before. Forward-thinking behavioral healthcare centers recognize they need an online presence to better fulfill their care-giving and educational missions, and to enhance their standing within the communities they serve. We provide them a complete website with thousands of pages of information and thousands of useful links to other sites. Most importantly, our editors constantly update the content with the latest news and information giving consumers a reason to visit the site again and again. Centers can add pages of information specific to their center, including staff, programs, locations, hours, and more. All of this material is presented as the center's web site under the center's name and logo. We already have several agencies signed up for the service and we expect it to ramp up rapidly." About CMHC Systems, Inc. CMHC Systems (http://www.cmhc.com) has been a recognized leader in the development and delivery of information technology to the healthcare and human services industries for more than 22 years. Integrating clinical, financial, demographic, and staff data, the CMHC/MIS permits total management of information and works with all major network architectures. CMHC has helped provide information management solutions to more than 500 organizations with 650 sites in 41 states. About Netsmart Netsmart (http://www.netsmartech.com), through its wholly-owned subsidiary Creative Socio-Medics (CSM), has been a leading supplier of enterprise-wide software solutions for human services providers for the past 30 years. CSM (http://www.csmcorp.com), with over 500 behavioral healthcare clients nationwide, including 15 state agencies, provides enterprise-wide solutions for behavioral healthcare providers. Avatar Practice Management and the Avatar Clinician WorkStation, CSM's core products, are full-featured information systems that operate on a variety of operating systems, hardware platforms, and have unlimited scalability. The Company's new SmartMed smart card will be applied to the e-commerce requirements of the human services Internet applications. About Intellipsych Intellipsych is a payer-backed venture that focuses on the behavioral health care provider community. The mission of Intellipsych is to provide a "universal payor/universal provider" connectivity solution in LifeNet, that improves the efficiency and effectiveness of the delivery and management of behavioral health care services.
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