CHICAGO, April 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the National Institute of Mental Health, one in four adults, or approximately 57.7 million Americans, experience a mental health disorder in a given year. In recognition of National Everyday Matters Day, being celebrated Monday, April 16, visit www.EverydayMatters.com, become part of the movement to take action every day by making every minute of every day matter, and share the website with four friends in hope of offering the site as a resource and outlet for those coping with mental illness in their lives.
National Everyday Matters Day this year coincides with the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare's 42nd Mental Health and Addictions Conference, held April 15-17 in Chicago.
The first of what will be an annual event,National Everyday Matters Day was established to build awareness, help debunk stigma and encourage open and honest dialogue about mental health issues, as well as promoting the coordination of care between mental and physical health.
Netsmart, the leading provider of clinical solutions for health and human services organizations nationwide, is proud to sponsor the day and the promotions around it. Netsmart sponsored the launch of www.EverydayMatters.com earlier this year to provide an online community for those who are cause-connected, passionate and vision-driven about the opportunities in the behavioral and public health community. The site is an interactive, informational forum for clinicians, practitioners and consumers to share stories, celebrate successes, become enlightened and inspired, and debunk myths and stigma about mental health and public health issues in an effort to highlight the positive clinical and financial impacts provided by the behavioral and public health community.
"We're excited to celebrate National Everyday Matters Day," said Michael Valentine, chief executive officer, Netsmart. "Response to www.EverydayMatters.com has been strong, and we are encouraged by the conversations the site is generating, the information the community is sharing and the insight it is providing to all who visit. By uniting through a common movement, we can erase the stigma associated with discussing mental health issues and start a process that provides opportunities toward hope, healing and health."
To further support Everyday Matters, Netsmart is in the process of forming a 501(c)(3) called Everyday Matters Foundation. It will be initially funded with $25,000 from Netsmart. Organizations will be able to request funds for their cause or to help fund technology that advances the delivery of care.
"The National Council conference is an ideal location for us to launch National Everyday Matters Day," said Tom Herzog, executive vice president, Solutions and Operations, Netsmart. "The Council's mission is to champion opportunities that advance their members' ability to deliver proactive and holistic healthcare services. Through www.EverydayMatters.com, we want to show that health involves whole body wellness – both mental and physical health – so that holistic approach is the core of truly wanting to impact healthcare."
Netsmart Technologies helps health and human services organizations transform care through the collaborative, coordinated management and exchange of clinical data across the care spectrum and through effective practice management that improves revenue cycle management. More than 18,000 client organizations, including 350,000 care providers and more than 40 state systems, use Netsmart products to help improve the quality of life for tens of millions of people each year. Netsmart clients include mental health and substance use treatment agencies, psychiatric hospitals, private and group mental health practices, public health departments, social services and child and family health agencies, vital records offices, and managed care organizations. Netsmart's products are full-featured information systems that operate on a variety of operating systems, hardware platforms, and mobile devices, and offer unlimited scalability.
Netsmart provides the solutions and expertise that help its clients meet all the criteria for Meaningful Use of an Electronic Health Record (EHR) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.
Building upon Netsmart's Complete ARRA-Certified EHRs, Netsmart clients can also create a complete connected care environment encompassing e-prescribing and order entry, sharing clinical information and lab results, and using Web portals to provide secure and private consumer access to care information.
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