• Mental Health Awareness Month: Now More Than Ever We Need Change

    May 18th, 2020

    by David Bucciferro It’s May and like every year, Mental Health Awareness Month is here. This is an unprecedented time in our history where the avenues for social supports have been redefined by social distancing rules and stay-at-home orders. For many, these social supports are a critical component of their wellness and in a blink […]

  • Opioid Abuse Statistics: Standardizing Data Collection to Support Clinicians

    February 21st, 2019

    Volunteers on Electronic Health Record Association’s (EHRA) Opioid Crisis Task Force have made great strides in the past year in our efforts to identify the policy changes and adoption patterns needed to maximize the capacities of health IT to combat the opioid crisis. When we began our work in early 2018, we were surprised to […]

  • THINK TANK | Preparing For Value-Based Reimbursements

    February 18th, 2019

    Under the banner of value-based care (VBC), federal officials have touted the “triple aim” as the effort to improve the quality of healthcare and health outcomes while bending the cost curve. The Herculean effort needed to achieve this will require regulators and purchasers of healthcare to move toward a value-based reimbursement (VBR) structure, which at […]

  • THINK TANK | Changes to Meaningful Use Could Bring New Opportunities

    June 1st, 2018

    For followers of health information technology news, there has been considerable buzz about the overhaul of Meaningful Use. I first heard about the change in March at the HIMSS18 Global Conference & Exhibition. In an address to the audience, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma, and the director of The White […]

  • NASUAD HCBS Conference: Person-Centered Planning and Value-Based Payments

    October 5th, 2017

    The fall conference season has started in full earnest and one of my first stops this year was the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Conference. For those of you unfamiliar with the group, NASUAD represents the nation’s 56 state and territorial agencies on aging […]

  • Direct Support Professional Recognition Week

    September 14th, 2017

    Across the country, different states, politicians, and associations are celebrating and declaring this week as Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week. We think that’s awesome. We join the chorus of voices celebrating the important work of DSPs, and we’re sharing a few ways some of our partners are celebrating. No matter what you do this […]

  • THINK TANK | Spring Travels Illuminate Common Themes

    June 8th, 2017

    Healthy Agencies Create Healthy Communities Every spring and fall, my calendar fills with travel to various regional and national behavioral health conferences. On some stops, I’m presenting workshops with colleagues and on other stops I’m there to learn and share my expertise. It’s always a very enriching experience. As I enter the summer months, I […]

  • NJAMHAA News Spotlights Foothold Technology’s Commitment to Supporting Human Service Agencies

    March 28th, 2017

    Foothold Technology is a proud partner of NJAMHAA and a long-time member of NJAMHAA’s Information Technology (IT) Council. As a vendor, we partner with associations like NJAMHAA throughout the country to provide their members with AWARDS, our web-based software for human services. With AWARDS, agencies have an easy, efficient way to document services and support, […]

  • THINK TANK | Three Lasting Impressions from HIMSS17

    March 9th, 2017

    Last month I had the pleasure of spending four days at HIMSS17, the annual conference of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. Nearly 50,000 clinicians, IT professionals, educators, researchers, government officials, and vendors were in attendance. The conference offers attendees time to see and hear the latest and greatest in healthcare technology. Innovative ideas […]

  • National Recovery Month

    September 30th, 2016

    Recovery Can Be An Every Day and Every Month Effort For me, the most important awareness efforts, National Recovery Month, occurs each September and has been part of the behavioral health landscape for over 25 years. According to SAMHSA, over 23 million people in America are in recovery from addiction and over 38% of adults […]