ECHO-Chicago: Serious Mental Illness

February 7, 2018 to May 16, 2018
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%. SMI carries significant rates of morbidity and mortality, including premature mortality of about 25 years compared to the general population. There is a current shortfall of about 2,800 psychiatrists nationally to meet current mental health needs, so solutions aimed at reducing the morbidity and mortality associated with SMI need to focus beyond specialty care. Access to specialty care can be even more challenging for minority populations where the majority of patients are uninsured or under-insured.
This series aims to build capacity at the primary care level to help primary care providers (PCPs) become more competent and comfortable in delivering care to patients with SMI and reducing the burden on specialty mental health care. This series will engage community-based PCPs in advanced training for SMI that builds PCPs’ skills and tools to screen, diagnose, and manage SMI.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed for community-based primary care providers interested in screening, diagnosing, and managing serious mental illness.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify challenges faced by SMI patients in primary care;
  • Outline screening procedures for SMI in a primary care setting;
  • State registry components of Population Health Management and how it 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 dealing with comorbid problems like pain and substance use disorders;
  • Summarize how to use motivational interviewing for self-management support for SMI patients;
  • Discuss how the recovery model can be used in the treatment of SMI patients;
  • State the best practices for treating psychotic disorders;
  • Examine the primary care challenges face when treating affective disorder and  appropriate psychological interventions.


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: 
Kanika Mittal
CME Coordinator Contact Email: 
CME Coordinator Contact Phone: 
Available credit: 
  • 15.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 15.00 Participation
Event starts: 
02/07/2018 - 8:00am
Event ends: 
05/16/2018 - 9:00am
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 

Online Webinar
Chicago, IL
United States
This is an online webinar.
For more information about ECHO Chicago, visit us here.
  Daniel Johnson, MD
  Director ECHO Chicago
  Associate Chair for Clinical Services
  Section Chief of Academic Pediatrics
  Associate Professor of Pediatrics
  Comer Children's Hospital
  Doriane Miller, MD
  Associate Professor of Medicine
  Director, Center for Community Health and Vitality
  Daniel Yohanna, MD
  Associate Professor of Psychiatry
  Vice-Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral

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 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.

Physician Credit
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.
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. 
Other Healthcare Professions Credit
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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