DSM Journey 

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With all the news around the ICD-10 implementation and its delay, it seems the DSM-5 snuck into the picture with very little fanfare (not counting the lawsuits). There are very mixed opinions from payers and states, as well as individual agencies, regarding when they will implement DSM-5, and also if they are going to implement it at all.

One agency decided to jump in head first despite the overwhelming amount of ambiguity from the state agencies. Learn why the decision was made, how they transitioned, and what they learned along the way.

Learning Objectives:

  Discuss the actions taken to prepare for DSM-5

  Identify lessons learned during the DSM-5 transition

  Assess the impact a DSM-5 transition may have on an organization

About the Speakers

Josh Longiaru, CHTS-PW
IT Director, United Services, Inc.

Josh Longiaru graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and worked in the corporate IT field until he started his career in healthcare IT in 2006 at United Services. After leading the charge through a successful, agency-wide implementation of an EHR, he took over as IT director.

He was recently named Emerging Professional of the Year by New England HIMSS for his efforts to bring a larger behavioral health component to the organization. Longiaru is a certified healthcare technology specialist in practice workflow and information management redesign and will be testing for his CPHIMSS this year. He also serves on the board of directors for several local area non-profits.


Susan Soares, LCSW
Application Support Manager, United Services, Inc.

Susan Soares is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who currently serves as the Application Support Manager within the IT Department of United Services, Inc. She is responsible for developing efficient workflows, writing technical and clinical procedures, and training clinical staff to enter the highest quality data into the electronic health record.

She has over 20 years of clinical experience in multiple environments within the mental health field and within the last two years transitioned to her current position in IT. She received her certification as a Healthcare Technology Specialist in March of 2013, demonstrating competence in Practice Workflow & Information Management Redesign.