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State Targeted Response-Learning Collaborative 3: Telepsychiatry and Medication Assisted Treatment

Activity Type:

  • On Demand Plus

Release Date: 12/3/2018

Expiration Date: 5/10/2019

  • AMA PRA Category 1: 12
  • Participation: 12

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This 12-week virtual learning collaborative will explore how telepsychiatry can play a critical role in addressing the shortage of psychiatrists available to provide treatment for patients with opioid use disorders. You will learn about the history of telepsychiatry, state laws, and standards and guidelines. 

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This activity is supported by the States Targeted Response (STR) Technical Assistance (TA) Consortium

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 1H79TI080816-01 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.


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Educational Objectives

1. Learn about the history and laws surrounding the use of telepsychiatry as a tool to expand health services
2. Learn about how telepsychiatry has been used to enhance access to care for the treatment of substance use disorder
3. Discuss Guidelines and Recommendations on telepsychiatry
4. Share resources on telepsychiatry and telehealth programs
5. Describe the interplay of telepsychiatry, MAT, medical management, and counseling in the treatment of substance use disorder

Target Audience

Psychiatrists and addiction care professionals who want to develop a deeper understanding of telepsychiatry and medication-assisted treatment. 

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 12 weeks; 14 hours
Program Begin Date: December 17, 2018
Program End Date: Monday, March 11, 2019 (12-week cohort);

(Note: This is a 12-week scheduled course that runs from December 17, 2018 to March 11, 2019. Credit must be claimed within 60 days post-event)

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course including the evaluation. A multiple choice quiz is provided based on the content. A passing score of 70% must be achieved. Retakes are available for the test. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the date of completion and hours earned.

Continuing Education Credit

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The APA designates this enduring CME activity for a maximum of 14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

Program Presenter
Dr. Hector Colon Rivera is an attending telemedicine physician and participates in a grant funded by the NIH Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) initiative at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, working on an emerging community program to increase rural access to medical assisted treatments (MATs) for patients with substance use disorders. He is an attending psychiatrist at University of Pennsylvania Health System and clinical associate attending psychiatrist in the Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. He is an attending physician at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Inpatient Unit and Behavioral Health Emergency Room, specializing in the acute care of patients with a wide variety of mental health and substance use disorders. He also serves as senior advisor for an STR-TA SAMHSA grant for the expansion of MAT in Puerto Rico.

Program Planners
Tristan Gorrindo, MD, Director, Division of Education, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests
Eunice Maize, Project Manager, STR Grant, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Hardware/Software Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using Internet Explorer 8+, Mozilla Firefox 3+, Safari 4+. This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration:

  • Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 10.3+ 
  • Browser: Firefox (latest version), Internet Explorer 8.0+, Safari 7.0+, Microsoft Edge (latest version) or Google Chrome (latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows XP+ or Mac OS X 10.4+ 
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC: 500-MHz Pentium II; Windows XP or higher; 128 MB RAM; Video Card at least 64MB of video memory; Macromedia Flash Player 10.3 or higher; Sound Card at least 16-bit; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh:Mac OS X 10.4+ or higher with latest updates installed; 1.83MHz Intel Core Duo or faster; RAM: 128MB or more; Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card: at least 16-bit; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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