Using The ECHO Model To Expand Access To Treatment Of Substance Use Disorders

July 12, 2016

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Presenter(s): Miriam Komaromy, MD, FACP, FASAM

Miriam Komaromy, MD, FACP, FASAM | Associate Director, Associate Professor of Medicine
ECHO Institute™, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center

Sponsor: American Psychiatric Association

Webinar Description

Many primary care patients have behavioral health (BH) and substance use disorders (SUDs), yet Primary Care Physicians are inadequately trained in caring for these conditions. Project ECHO aims to develop capacity to effectively treat common, complex diseases in rural and underserved areas. The ECHO model uses videoconferencing to simultaneously connect multiple PCPs with a team of academic specialists, and builds PCPs’ capacity via mentorship and case-based learning.

The Integrated Addictions and Psychiatry (IAP) TeleECHO Clinic was established in New Mexico in 2005 to expand access to evidenced-based treatment for BH and SUDs. This presentation described the ECHO experience with SUDs and the recent replication of teleECHO programs for SUDs in several states and countries. The steps involved in launching an ECHO program to expand access to SUD treatment were described.

Educational Objectives

  • Describe the ECHO model and its applications for increasing access to care and supporting primary care providers
  • Explain how the ECHO model is being applied to expanding access to SUD treatment
  • Identify what is involved in starting a local ECHO program to expand access to SUD treatment

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July 12, 2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Miriam Komaromy, MD, FACP, FASAM
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