Indian Health Service The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives
RPMS Behavioral Health
RPMS Behavioral Health System v4.0
The Behavioral Health System (BHS) is a module of the Resource and Patient Management System designed specifically for documenting and tracking patient care related to behavioral health. BHS v4.0 is a separate but integrated RPMS application and supports direct provider entry of clinical information. Individual patient encounters, group services, treatment plans, case management information and community-based activities can be documented in the BHS.
RPMS Electronic Health Record and Behavioral Health
Behavioral Health programs have used the RPMS Behavioral Health System (BHS) for electronic documentation of behavioral health (BH) visits for many years. The BHS database (RPMS namespace, AMH) is separate from PCC, although the system can be set up to pass BHS clinical information to PCC. This integration of behavioral and medical information supports coordinated care and improved health outcomes.
Many behavioral health providers expressed a desire to document their visits in the RPMS EHR to take advantage of the improved access to medical information, clinical note templates, and computerized provider order entry. Expanding the use of the EHR to behavioral health providers supports the integration of primary and behavioral health care. With the behavioral health visit functionality, BH face-to-face patient encounters, telephone calls and chart reviews can be entered into RPMS using the EHR. These visits can populate both the PCC and BHS databases. Access to BH clinical notes can be limited through the use of business rules.
If desired, behavioral health providers can use a combination of the EHR and BHS to enter data into RPMS and run reports on BH activities. Facilities are reminded that the export process for BHS data is separate from PCC, so submission of BHS visit and other information, including suicide report form (SRF) data, to Areas and IHS Headquarters requires regular exports from the Behavioral Health System.
BHS v4.0 Exported Data
BHS v4.0 Patch 6 Application Information
- RPMS Program Release Notice AMH v4.0 Patch 6 [PDF - 28 KB]
RPMS Suicide Reporting Form
- RPMS Suicide Reporting Form Presentation [PDF - 351 KB]
- Paper RPMS Suicide Reporting Form [PDF - 71 KB]
Use of RPMS EHR by Behavioral Health Providers