The mission of Project ECHO® 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.
Project ECHO® is funded in part by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and has received support from the New Mexico Legislature, the University of New Mexico, and the New Mexico Department of Public Health.
Community Addictions Recovery Specialist (CARS) Training Program
The Community Addictions Recovery Specialist (CARS) training program is part of the Integrated Addictions and Psychiatry Clinic. CARS trains and mentors paraprofessionals - medical assistants, community health workers, health educators, and peer support specialists - to provide clinical support, health education and evidence-based behavioral interventions for patients in recovery or seeking treatment for addictions, with a focus on alcohol and opiate addiction. Download information and registration for CARS trainings in March 2012.
The Integrated Addiction & Psychiatry TeleECHO Clinic was created to expand access to high-quality and effective treatment for addiction in communities throughout New Mexico. The program focuses on both the medical and behavioral treatment of addiction, and addresses psychiatric problems that frequently occur with addiction. The program has trained and obtained certification for more than 100 physicians to use the medication buprenorphine for treatment of opiate addiction, and weekly tele-video conferences provides ongoing training to clinicians at all levels that treat addiction.
The clinic supports primary care clinicians by presenting them with a knowledge network that helps them to identify and treat addiction and psychiatric illnesses in their patients, and supplies the groundwork that is essential to the use of buprenorphine and other medications for the treatment of addiction.
Through didactic presentations, on-site training of office staff, production of educational DVD’s, and provision of funding that allows indigent patients to be treated with buprenorphine; Project ECHO™ takes a multifaceted approach to promoting addiction treatment.
New Mexico on forefront of dispersing Narcan (Bruce Krasnow, The New Mexican; July 17, 2010)
Jeanne Block, RN, and Dominick Zulro discuss the importance of Narcan and harm reduction in New Mexico and the impact this is having on potential overdoses across the state.
The Taos News
The two articles below are a series and feature Dr. Jaye Swaboda from Questa.