Office Based Addiction Treatment Training and Technical Assistance (OBAT TTA)

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Massachusetts Office Based Addiction Treatment (OBAT) ECHO®

Boston Medical Center's (BMC) 12-part Massachusetts Office Based Addiction Treatment ECHO® (MA OBAT ECHO®) offers training and support in addiction treatment, with a focus on comprehensive care for patients with substance use disorders (SUDs). The free, case-based tele-education program is designed to increase the capacity of health care providers to implement high-quality addiction treatment within primary care settings in Massachusetts.

Comprehensive care to serve patients with SUD entails a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach, which may need to include physicians, psychiatrists, mental health counselors, nurses, patient navigators, clinic support staff, and others depending on each patient's unique needs. The MA OBAT ECHO® encourages participation from all members of the team caring for patients with SUDs and is an interdisciplinary learning community. All participants will be given access to education about addiction treatment and have the opportunity to learn from experts in the field of addiction as well as from one another. Free CME, CE, and CEU credit is available to participants.

The OBAT ECHO® uses a simple videoconferencing platform (Zoom) to link participants from primary care clinics across Massachusetts and the MA OBAT ECHO® Hub Team at BMC. Primary care teams have the opportunity to learn from each other and to receive specialist input from the interdisciplinary Hub team. The foundation of the teleECHO® clinic is case-based learning, in which participants discuss real patient cases in de-identified format. Each MA OBAT ECHO® session will include a brief didactic relevant to the treatment of patients with addiction. Subjects addressed in the MA OBAT ECHO® will include:

BMC's MA OBAT ECHO® will take place from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM ET on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Cycle 5 began on May 12, 2020, and will run through October 27, 2020.

For more information or to register, email the BMC OBAT ECHO® team.

Project ECHO® at BMC


Project Director

Colleen LaBelle

Colleen LaBelle, MSN, RN-BC, CARN, Program Director, MA State Technical Assistance Treatment Expansion of Office Based Addition Treatment (STATE OBAT), Boston Medical Center

Medical Director

Annie Potter

Annie Potter, MSN, MPH, NP, CARN-AP, Clinical Educator, MA STATE OBAT, Boston Medical Center

Clinic Coordinator/Co-Facilitator

Danna E. Gobel

Danna E. Gobel, LCSW, Education Program Manager, Office Based Addiction Treatment, Boston Medical Center

Addiction Psychiatrist

Mark Albanese

Mark Albanese, MD, Director, Adult Outpatient Psychiatry & Addictions, Cambridge Health Alliance; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Nurse Care Managers

Justin Alves

Justin Alves, RN, ACRN, CARN, Clinical Nurse Educator, MA STATE OBAT, Boston Medical Center

Social Worker and OBAT Operations Specialist

Lexie Bergeron

Lexie Bergeron, Office Based Addiction Treatment, Boston Medical Center

Operations and IT

Cara McKinney

Cara McKinney, ECHO® Project Assistance, Office Based Addiction Treatment, Boston Medical Center

OBAT TTA is a program of Boston Medical Center (BMC), a 514-bed academic medical center located in Boston's historic South End and the largest safety-net hospital in New England.

Funding for OBAT TTA is provided by:

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS)
GE Foundation

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