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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 1st and 3rd 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

Pediatric Mental Health (PEDS)  

The Pediatric Mental Health teleECHO™ Clinics will meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month from 12:00pm – 1:30pm.

The PEDS ECHO clinical team:

  • Board certified child psychiatrist
  • Expert psychotherapist 
  • Psychiatric pharmacist

The mission of the Pediatric Mental Health (PEDS) ECHO Clinic is to support the delivery of mental health services for children and adolescents by primary care clinicians.


Montana Obstetrics & Maternal Support (MOMS) 

Participation in MOMS TeleECHO clinics is free. Clinics occur the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm MST over Zoom.

MOMS Project ECHO clinics provide specialty perinatal medical and behavioral health education and training to primary care providers across Montana and to help build their capacity to provide high quality care for perinatal and postpartum patients, thereby increasing access to maternal healthcare in rural Montana. We have collaborated with providers across the state who represent various sectors of maternal health including maternal fetal medicine specialists, OB-GYNs, psychiatric specialists, pharmacists, nurses, midwives and social workers. This panel of experts — our “hub” — will consult on the various topics and cases presented during MOMS TeleECHO clinics and provide real-time recommendations on managing complex maternal health cases/conditions.   

Integrated Addictions and Psychiatry (IAP) 

The Integrated Addictions and Psychiatry (IAP) teleECHO™ Clinics, hosted by Billings Clinic, take place the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month from 12:00pm - 1:30pm.

*1st Wednesday of each month: Integrated Behavioral Health

*3rd Wednesday of each month: Addictions

The IAP ECHO clinical team

  • Board-certified psychiatrist
  • Expert psychiatrist
  • Expert psychotherapist
  • Psychiatric pharmacist

IAP 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 IAP 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

** NEW ** AHRQ ECHO National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network

Project ECHO is actively recruiting nursing homes in Montana and Wyoming to join an interactive community of practice to advance improvements in COVID-19 preparedness, safety and infection control. This 16-week series starts on Thursday, Nov. 12.

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

Project ECHO

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