Behavioral Health in Primary Care Program
Led by a panel of mental health experts, learn best practices for treating common mental health conditions, connect with peers from around the state to discuss what really works and get feedback on difficult patient cases. These sessions create a dialogue among providers to discuss best practices and resources for identifying and treating behavioral health issues.
- Primary Care Providers (MD, DO, PA, NP, RN, etc.)
- First and third Wednesday from 12-1 p.m. MT.
- Participants who attend all sessions in a module and present a patient case will receive a certificate of completion.
- Each ECHO session participants can earn free Continuing Professional Development credit.
- Participants in past sessions can fill out the CME Survey to receive their credit.
- Please complete the form to sign up.
What People are Saying
Improve community behavioral health outcomes
Andrew Baron, MD, ECHO Idaho Participant
About 80 percent of family doctors’ patients will have some sort of psychological or psychiatric condition, according to Andrew Baron, MD.
“You can’t ignore it. It’s there. They’re your patient, so let’s figure out how we can help this patient,” he said. “In the public, mental health is everywhere. There are very few families that have not been touched by some sort of mental health or substance abuse disorder. It affects all of us.”
Baron is the chief medical officer at Terry Reilly Health Services, and an active member of Project ECHO Idaho.
He said Project ECHO Idaho is a chance for healthcare providers across the state to honor their Hippocratic oath, and in his own community health center he encourages all his physicians to participate. Through continued medical education, these providers improve the care patients in Idaho are going to receive.
And it’s convenient to participate.
“I look forward participating in Project ECHO. I sit down. I eat my lunch. I turn on my computer. I see everyone’s face on the screen in the room where the facilitators are and where we do a didactic session, and we learn about a particular issue or condition. Then we do case discussions,” Baron said.
For Baron, it provides an outlet to discuss complicated cases where he’s not sure what to do next. In a safe setting, he and others around the state have the opportunity to discuss the appropriate course of action for real-world conditions.
But it’s more than an opportunity for medical education; it’s ultimately a support network by doctors for patients.
ECHO Idaho is led by the University of Idaho and WWAMI. ECHO Idaho’s Behavioral Health in Primary Care Program is also supported in part under grant number SM081387 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.