Project ECHO: Behavioral Health in Primary and Family Practice

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Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a collaborative model of medical education developed by the University of New Mexico that empowers clinicians to provide better care locally by increasing access to specialty treatment in rural and underserved areas. It focuses on providing front-line clinicians with knowledge and support for managing patients with complex conditions using a peer-to-peer hub and spoke model of continuous learning, partnering primary care physicians in outlying areas with specialist mentors at the academic medical center hub. Primary care practices have the opportunity to get expert advice about their most challenging patients in virtual Grand Rounds.

The mission of Project ECHO® at the Center for Regional Healthcare Innovation (CRHI) of Westchester Medical Center is to develop the capacity to safely and effectively treat chronic, common and complex diseases in rural and underserved areas and to monitor outcomes of this treatment. In pursuit of this mission, Project ECHO® faculty, staff, and partners at CRHI and WMC have dedicated themselves to share knowledge in order to expand access to best-practice medical care across the Mid-Hudson region.

Benefits of Becoming a Partner in the ECHO® Movement

Other Project ECHO® sites have found an overwhelming rate of retention among participants due to the robust discussions and shared information. Specifically you would:

  • Receive training in mental health and substance use (and potentially other topics in the future) that is relevant to caring for patients in your own primary care practice
  • Expand the network of providers with whom you can share discussions about complex care
  • Receive CMEs for your teams at no cost to you; 1 hour = 1 CME credit conducted via videoconference
  • Better access for rural and underserved communities
  • Reduced disparities
  • Better quality and safety
  • Rapid dissemination of best practices
  • Promote consistency in care and practice
  • Greater efficiency

CME Accreditation Statement:

New York Medical College is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

New York Medical College designates this Live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

What Type of Commitment Will My Practice Have To Make?

Your commitment would be to participate in 60-90 minutes of teleconferencing approximately 16-24 times per year. All team members-- physicians, NPs, PAs, nurses, case/care managers, clinical assistants, behavioral specialists, community health workers, support staff, and administrators-- are encouraged to participate.

Current Partners

  • A S Gill Medical Services – Primary Care
  • Boston Children's Hospital - Primary Care
  • Greater Hudson Valley Health System - Catskill Regional Medical Group – Multi-Specialty Medical
  • Health Alliance – Hospital
  • Hudson River Housing – CBO
  • Maternal-Infant Services Network - CBO
  • Open Door Family Medical Centers - FQHC
  • Planned Parenthood of the Mid-Hudson Valley – Multi-Specialty Medical
  • Refuah Health Center - FQHC
  • Rehabilitation Support Services, Inc. - Multi-Specialty Medical
  • HONORehg, Inc. - Multi-Specialty Medical


Behavioral Health in Primary and Family Practice including mood and anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, and attention deficit disorder in children and adolescents

CRHI-WMCHealth Project ECHO® Staff

Clinical Leadership Team

Andrew P. Levin, MD, Psychiatrist, Clinical Director of ECHO PSYCH
Nicholas Batson, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, MD
Kimberly Robinson, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, MD
Lisa Batson, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, MD
Boris Rubinstein, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, MD
Fredrick Dombrowski, PhD, LMHC
Shonny Capodilupo, LCSW
Lynn Gonzalez, LCSW
Timothy Brennan, MD
Nasir Naqvi, MD
Grace Pinto-Britton, MD
Pharmacist (TBD)

Non-Clinical Leadership Team

Janet Sullivan, MD - Medical Director and VP, CRHI
Thao M. Doan, MPH, Dr.PH - Principal Investigator; Director, Health Services Research, CRHI
Maureen Doran, MBA, MS - VP, Integrated Care Network, CRHI
Karen Berger - VP, Clinical Services, Behavioral Health Center, WMCHealth
Elaine Hutchinson, MSIS - Senior Manager, IT, CRHI
Caile Marville, MPA – IT User Support Analyst, CRHI
Sean Allen, Project Coordinator, CRHI
Marie Dessanti, Research Analyst, CRHI

Tentative Schedule 2018-2019

Please CLICK HERE for the Tentative Didactive Schedule (pdf), along with topics and presenters.


Become a CRHI-WMCHealth Project ECHO® Partner/Participant CRHI-WMCHealth Project ECHO® uses plug-and-play technology; all you need is a computer, a webcam, and a broadband internet connection. There is no cost to participate in ECHO sessions. Participating providers will be asked to complete pre-session and post-session surveys to evaluate changes in knowledge and self-efficacy.

To contact us by email please click here. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

The project described was supported by Funding Opportunity Number CMS 1G1CMS331402 from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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