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

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New England Office Based Addiction Treatment (OBAT) ECHO®

As of January 2020, The NEW ENGLAND OFFICE BASED ADDICTION TREATMENT (OBAT) ECHO® clinic has completed its clinical component and is in the evaluation phase.

The evaluation phase of the NE OBAT ECHO® will continue through June 2020. All individuals who participated in NE OBAT ECHO Cycles 1 and 2 are highly encouraged to continue to participate in the evaluation component, which is vital to this research project and was part of participant consent at the time of enrollment.

If you have any questions about the evaluation component of the NE OBAT ECHO, please contact:

Alicia Ventura, MPH
Director of Special Projects and Research
Office Based Addiction Treatment
NE OBAT ECHO Research Team
T: 617-414-6914

Please be sure to check our website for other ECHO programs that are available for registration.

The New England OBAT ECHO® (NE OBAT ECHO) will focus on the provision of comprehensive care for patients with substance use disorders (SUDs). Unique to this ECHO series, is an opportunity to contribute to the science on ECHO efficacy and help determine the ECHO's impact on patient care and provider behavior at the clinic level.

What is the New England OBAT ECHO®?

Curriculum topics include:

  • Harm Reduction Philosophy and how informs practice
  • Alcohol Use Disorder and Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)
  • Post Incarceration Care
  • Safer Injection Practices
  • New Buprenorphine Formulations and Injectables
  • Cocaine and SUD
  • Pain and Addiction
  • Trauma-informed care and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • Legal Issues and the use of policy to improve population health in SUD
  • Interpreting Urine Toxicology Screens


  • Improve healthcare providers' knowledge, competence, and performance regarding evidence-based treatments for OUDs
  • Improve healthcare providers' knowledge, competence, and performance regarding effective risk reduction practices
  • Improve healthcare providers' confidence, attitudes, and job satisfaction related to caring for patients with OUDs
  • Reduce health care providers' stigma related to addiction
  • Improve clinical quality measures

Project ECHO® at BMC


Program Director

Colleen LaBelle

Colleen LaBelle, MSN, RN-BC, CARN, Program Director, STATE OBAT and Boston Medical Center OBAT

Medical Director

Rachel King

Rachel King, MD, Medical Director, Community Health Outreach, BMC OBAT Training and Technical Assistance

Clinic Coordinator/Co-Facilitator

Danna E. Gobel

Danna Gobel, LCSW, Program Manager, BMC OBAT ECHO and New England OBAT ECHO

Addiction Psychiatrist

Tae Woo (Ted) Park

Tae Woo (Ted) Park, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine

Nurse Practitioner

Kristin Wason

Kristin Wason, MSN, NP-C, CARN-AP, Clinical Educator, BMC OBAT Training and Technical Assistance

Evaluation Team

Angela Bazzi

Angela Bazzi, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health

Matt Heerema

Matt Heerema, Research Assistant, BMC OBAT Training and Technical Assistance

Alicia Ventura

Alicia Ventura, MPH, Director of Special Projects and Research, BMC OBAT Training and Technical Assistance

IT Support

Cara McKinney

Cara McKinney, Operations and IT, BMC OBAT Training and Technical Assistance