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Opioid Response Network: The Mental Health Complexities of Opioid Use Disorders

Activity Type:

  • On Demand Plus

Release Date: 5/4/2020

Expiration Date: 7/14/2020

  • AMA PRA Category 1: 8
  • Participation: 8



This 8-week virtual learning collaborative is designed to give participants advanced skills and knowledge on identification and treatment of co-morbid mental illnesses and substance use disorders, primarily opioid use disorder. Content will include a review of psychiatric diagnoses and symptoms along with comorbid medical conditions and complications of patients with serious mental illnesses and opioid use disorder. Discussion of assessment and monitoring strategies for medical and psychiatric diagnoses will enhance the understanding and skills of participants. The applied skills and knowledge obtained in this course will provide a basis for establishing effective care that will identify and address a variety of health care problems related to substance use and risks encountered in patients with serious mental illnesses and support opioid use disorder patients in recovery.

If you'd like to join us on this learning experience, please fill out the intake form at

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

  • Develop an understanding of the relationship between mental health disorders and opioid use disorders and the impact mental health disorders can have on opioid use disorder treatment.
  • Improve a provider's competence and confidence in making a mental health diagnosis in the context of an opioid use disorder.
  • Improve a provider's competence and confidence in treating co-occurring mental health disorders within office-based opioid treatment programs.
  • Identify systems-based strategies for treating co-occurring mental health disorders in your office-based opioid treatment program.

Target Audience

Psychiatrists, Residents/Fellows

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 8 weeks; 8 hours
Program Begin Date: May 11, 2020
Program End Date: July 5, 2020
Credit Claim End Date: July 14, 2020

(Note: This is an 8-week scheduled course that runs from May 11, 2020 to July 5, 2020. Credit must be claimed within 10 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 8 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

  • Mark Duncan, MD, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Program Planners

  • Tristan Gorrindo, MD, Director, Division of Education, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Alex Scordato, Program Manager, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Accessibility for Participants with Disabilities

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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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