ECHO-Chicago: Behavioral Health Integration - Management of Common Psychiatric Issues in Primary Care

February 9, 2017 to May 4, 2017
An estimated 25-30% adults in the United States have a mental illness; with higher rates among those who are publicly insured and racial/ethnic minorities. In the U.S., the primary health care system often functions as the mental health provider for many patients with common conditions like anxiety and depression. However, coordinated behavioral health care in the primary care setting is inconstant and barriers to to care have a direct impact on the patient's ability to manage both their physical and mental health issues. Untreated mental illness has significant economic, social, and personal costs in lost productivity, increased healthcare utilization, and increased morbidity and mortality.
The goal of the ECHO-Chicago: Behavioral Health Integration curriculum is to create a coordinated approach to delivering mental health care within the current primary care environment.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed for physicians and other health care professionals interested in the management of common psychiatric issues.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participatants will be able to:

  • Describe best practices in pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches to treating anxiety and depression;
  • Define trauma-informed care and its role in primary care practice;
  • Identify common symptoms of severe mental illnesses see by primary care practitioners;
  • State the best practices for managing severe mental illnesses including bipolar disorder, personality disorder, and psychosis using both pharmacological and non-pharmacological methods;
  • Summarize how to assess and prescribe for alcohol dependence, tobacco dependence, and other substance use disorders;
  • Outline a course of action when faced with psychiatric crises, including suicidality;
  • List the best non-pharmacological approached to managing chronic pain.


Additional information
ACGME/ABMS Core Competencies: 
Patient Care and Procedural Skills
Medical Knowledge
Practice-based Learning and Improvement
Interpersonal and Communication Skills
For more information, please contact:
CME Coordinator Contact Name: 
Kanika Mittal
CME Coordinator Contact Email: 
CME Coordinator Contact Phone: 
Available credit: 
  • 13.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 13.00 Participation
Event starts: 
02/09/2017 - 8:00am
Event ends: 
05/04/2017 - 9:00am
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 
Online Webinar
Chicago, IL
United States

Jeffrey Rado, MD, MPH
Northwestern University

Will Cronenwett, MD
Northwestern University

Bradley Stolbach, MD
University of Chicago

Daniel Yohanna, MD
University of Chicago

Lauren Shapiro, PsyD
Northwestern University

Molly Hendrickson, PsyD
Northwestern University

Disclosure Declarations
As a provider accredited by the ACCME, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine requires everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with anycommercial interest. This includes any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by or used on patients. The ACCME defines “relevant financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months including financial relationships of a spouse or life partner that could create a conflict of interest. Mechanisms are in place to identify and resolve any potential conflict of interest prior to the start of the activity.

Additionally, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine requires Authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration at first mention and where appropriate in the content.

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Credit Designation Statement 
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 13 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 
Nurses and other healthcare professionals will receive a Certificate of Participation. For information on the applicability and acceptance of Certificates of Participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME, please consult your professional licensing board. 
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