Kentucky Senate OKs Mental Health Record Exchange

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Mental health records for patients in Kentucky are on their way to meeting federal regulations after a bill passed through the Senate Monday, seeking to bring them up to code.

The measure would allow mental health care providers to participate in an electronic information network in order to meet federal requirements.

The bill's sponsor is Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr, a Republican from Lexington.

Kerr says the bill aims to help people by having mental health care providers practice the same information exchange as practiced by physical health care providers.

The measure passed out of the Senate on a unanimous vote of 35-0. It now moves to the House for consideration.

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