ECHO-Chicago: Serious Mental Illness

August 31, 2022 to December 21, 2022
An estimated 526,000 adults in Illinois (5.4% of the adult population) had a serious mental illness (SMI) in 2012, which is higher than the national rate of 4%. People with SMI carry significant rates of morbidity and mortality. It is estimated that people with SMI die about 25 years earlier than the general population, and 60% of this excess mortality is due to chronic conditions. Individuals with SMI experience significantly higher prevalence rates for chronic conditions including metabolic disorders, cardiovascular disease, chronic pulmonary disease, gastrointestinal disorders, chronic viral infections, and obesity. 
The goal of this curriculum is to provide community-based primary care providers with advanced training, skills, and knowledge to screen, diagnose, and manage serious mental illness (SMI) to improve the overall well-being of patients living in the U.S. who otherwise may have trouble accessing care for serious mental illness.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for community-based primary care providers dedicated to providing high levels of care in the screening, diagnosis, and management of serious mental illness at FQHCs, safety net hospitals, free & charitable clinics, or other community care centers.

Learning Objectives

After this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Identify challenges faced by SMI patients in primary care;
  • Outline screening procedures for SMI in a primary care setting and indicate the use of quality improvement process to improve screenings; 
  • State registry components of population health management and how they can be used to track SMI patients;
  • Define how screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) can be used to treat SMI patients;
  • State the best practices for behavioral management including treating comorbid problems like pain and other substance use disorders;
  • Summarize how to use motivational interviewing for self-management support of SMI patients;
  • Discuss how the recovery model can be used to treat SMI patients;
  • State the best practices for treating psychotic disorders;
  • Examine the primary care challenges faced when treating affective disorder and appropriate psychological interventions.
Additional information
ACGME/ABMS Core Competencies: 
Patient Care and Procedural Skills
Medical Knowledge
Interpersonal and Communication Skills
Systems-based Practice
For more information, please contact:
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Available credit: 
  • 15.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 15.00 Participation
  • 15.00 Social Work CEU
Event starts: 
08/31/2022 - 8:00am
Event ends: 
12/21/2022 - 9:00am
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 

Agenda subject to change.

Online Webinar
Chicago, IL
United States
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The University of Chicago reserves the right to cancel or postpone this conference due to unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event this activity must be cancelled or postponed, the registration fee will be refunded; however, The University of Chicago is not responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses to participants, including fees assessed by airline/travel/lodging agencies.

  Professor of Medicine
  Director, Center for Community Health and Vitality
  Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
  Interim Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

Disclosure Declarations
As a provider accredited by the ACCME, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine asks everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial 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.

Physician Credit
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 
Social Worker Credit
University of Chicago Medicine is a Registered Social Work Continuing Education Sponsor through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and will offer continuing education units for the ECHO-Chicago: Serious Mental Illness for LSW and LCSW social workers in the state of Illinois.
15 social work continuing education units are provided for this live activity.
Other Healthcare Professional Credit
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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