Mission Statement

The Behavioral Health ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) exists to create a virtual community of primary care providers throughout Georgia, particularly primary care providers managing behavioral health concerns. The collaborative effort allows for teaching through didactic lecture, peer reviews, and case presentations. The Behavioral Health ECHO strives to support medical providers in Georgia who care for children experiencing depression and anxiety.

Purpose

Currently, a limited number of medical providers in Georgia have access to psychiatric specialty consultation. The providers who care for children experiencing depression often feel they lack access to sub-specialty interaction to discuss the management of behavioral health conditions. The Behavioral Health ECHO seeks to empower physicians as they face the challenges of working in an area experiencing not only an acute need, but also a shortage of providers.

Through the Behavioral Health ECHO, we strive for the collective delivery of best practice behavioral health care to all patients experiencing depression and anxiety. This low-cost, high-impact intervention is accomplished by linking interdisciplinary specialist teams with remote providers through teleECHO clinics. The Behavioral Health ECHO seeks to enable clinicians who have limited access to psychiatrists to be able to discuss their challenging cases and to garner group feedback on patient management.

Through bi-weekly participation, the learner will be able to:

  1. Feel confident in their ability to screen for and diagnose depression, differentiate between depression and other behavioral health concerns, create treatment plans, and manage both pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments and medications.
  2. Benefit from a close network of pediatric psychiatrists and care providers throughout Georgia.

The Behavioral Health ECHO facilitators are staff members of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Consult Psychiatry and Hospitalist practices. ECHO facilitators work to ensure open communication amongst team members and assist in the coordination of activities central to the functioning of the Behavioral Health ECHO and its mission.

The Behavioral Health ECHO utilizes the Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) model. Project ECHO is a collaborative model of medical education and care management that empowers clinicians to provide better care to more people, right where they live. Project ECHO focuses on case-based learning combined with traditional didactic presentations. The Project ECHO model increases access to specialty consultation, facilitates professional interaction with colleagues, and offers Continuing Education Credits.

Meet the Team

Physicians:
Javier Tejedor- Sojo, MD
Kristin Weinschenk, MD
Brad Weselman, MD 

Program Coordinator:
Charlotte Guest