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Project ECHO

Billings Clinic Project ECHO ProgramThe ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) model™ is a medical education and care management collaborative that empowers clinicians in remote settings to deliver better care to more people locally. By putting local clinicians together with specialist teams at larger medical centers in weekly virtual clinics or teleECHO™ clinics, Project ECHO:

  • shares knowledge
  • expands treatment capacity
  • offers peer support to otherwise regionally isolated clinicians.

Project teleECHO™ Clinics

Corrections Collaborative

Corrections Collaborative teleECHO™, hosted by Billings Clinic, take place every Tuesday, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, MST.

Project ECHO Billings Clinic uses this research-validated method to establish an addictions and behavioral health collaborative and peer support for addictions and behavioral health clinicians working within the Department of Corrections to care for offenders who are incarcerated or transitioning back into the community.

As the most comprehensive psychiatric and behavioral health medical practice in Montana, Billings Clinic is leading this initiative, bringing together a psychiatrist, pharmacist, nurse, and social worker. Rimrock Foundation and the Department of Corrections will also supply professional personnel to complete this multidisciplinary team hub.

Project ECHO Billings Clinic offers weekly educational support and 60 minutes of collaborative case review provided by mental health clinicians from the Montana State Prison and Passages. The multidisciplinary team will collectively share strategies, best-practices, and appropriate testing or pharmacy recommendations to best serve the patient.


State of Montana Department of Corrections

Opioid Addiction Treatment (OAT) 

OAT teleECHO™ Clinics, hosted by Billings Clinic, take place the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, MST.

The OAT ECHO clinical team:

  • Board certified addictions psychiatrist
  • Board certified psychiatrist
  • Expert addictions counselor

Our OAT teleECHO™ Clinics, funded through a HRSA grant, will be offered in collaboration with the University of Montana and the University of New Mexico.

OAT flyer


Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) 

Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) teleECHO™ Clinics, hosted by Billings Clinic, take place the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month.

The IBH ECHO clinical team

  • Board-certified psychiatrist
  • Expert psychotherapist
  • Psychiatric pharmacist

IBH teleECHO™ Clinic are funded by Montana Medicaid, the Montana Mental Health Trust, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana, and PacificSource.

We will seek input from participating primary care clinics in designing the curriculum for IBH ECHO. Here are some likely topics to be covered:

  • Suicide risk assessment
  • Unipolar and bipolar depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Child and adolescent psychiatric disorders
  • Basic and advanced psychopharmacology

Pacific Source

Learn more

If you are interested in receiving more information or you would like to enroll in any or all Clinics, please complete this Inquiry Form or call:

Sarah Porter-Osen, Coordinator
406-247-6360
sporterosen@billingsclinic.org

Project ECHO

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