ECHO-Chicago: Behavioral Health Integration
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.
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.
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.
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Chicago
Director ECHO Chicago
Associate Chair for Clinical Services
Section Chief of Academic Pediatrics
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Comer Children's Hospital
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 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.