ECHO-Chicago: Behavioral Health Integration

June 15, 2016 to January 25, 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 phyisicians and allied healthcare professionals in the internal medicine, family medicine, and behavioral health specialties and those with an interest in improving the behavioral health of patients.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Define the role of a care manager for behavioral health care in the primary care setting;
  • Relate how to enter and track patients with depression or anxiety using a shared registry;
  • Select the most appropriate common assessment scale to use for screening depression, trauma, alcohol and drug dependence based upon the environment, the given circumstances, and available resources;
  • Identify management tools, evidenced-based approaches to treatment, and community resources for treating mental illness in the primary care environment;
  • State how to apply processes for documentation and billing in collaborative care models.




Additional information
ACGME/ABMS Core Competencies: 
Patient Care and Procedural Skills
Medical Knowledge
Practice-based Learning and Improvement
Interpersonal and Communication Skills
Systems-based Practice
For more information, please contact:
CME Coordinator Contact Name: 
Isa Rodriguez
CME Coordinator Contact Email: 
CME Coordinator Contact Phone: 
Available credit: 
  • 16.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 16.25 Participation
Event starts: 
06/15/2016 - 8:30am
Event ends: 
01/25/2017 - 9:00am
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 
Online Webinar
Chicago, IL
United States
  Doriane Miller, MD
  Associate Professor of Medicine
  University of Chicago


  Daniel Johnson, MD
  Director ECHO Chicago
  Associate Chair for Clinical Services
  Section Chief of Academic Pediatrics
  Associate Professor of Pediatrics
  Comer Children's Hospital

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 16.25 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. 

For more information about ECHO, visit the program website below.



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