SMI and COVID: Successful Models and Protocols
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Expires on Mar 09, 2025
Credit Offered
1 COP Credit

This free webinar will focus on successful models and protocols for treating patients who have both serious mental illness (SMI) and COVID in inpatient and residential settings. This training is suitable for all mental health professionals, particularly hospital and clinic administrators. The event features a 45-minute panel discussion, followed by 15 minutes of audience Q&A.  

The discussion will address: 

  • How has the workforce been rearranged to support the models, and in turn what support is provided to sustain the workforce?  
  • What are considerations for treating symptomatic vs. asymptomatic patients? 
  • What are best practices for handling patients in day treatment programs?  
  • What protocols or models have not been successful, and why?  


Recorded webinar, non-interactive, self-paced distance learning activity with post-test.

This presentation was recorded on March 9, 2022.

Target Audience

Counselor, Nurse/Nurse Practitioner, Pharmacist, Psychiatrist, Physician (Non-psychiatrist), Physician Assistant, Psychologist, Social Worker, Peer Specialist/Peer Support 

Instructional Level

Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced

Estimate Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1.0 hour
Program Start Date: March 9, 2022
Program End Date: March 9, 2025

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn a certificate of participation may do so by viewing the live presentation and completing the evaluation. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official certificate of participation showing the event date and hours earned.  

Faculty and Planner Disclosures


  • Jeffrey Fetter, MD, is Chief Medical Officer of New Hampshire Hospital. Dr. Fetter is responsible for oversight of clinical services. He participates in educational programs for trainees and staff and in the past year has been active in the NH state mental health system’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Fetter is currently Principal Investigator on a study to increase COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake among NH Hospital patients.   
  • James Ashworth, MD is Executive Vice Chair, Vice Chair of Clinical Services, and Medical Director of Psychiatric Services at Huntsman Mental Health Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was instrumental in leading efforts within the HMHI health system to develop new protocols for inpatient units during the COVID-19 pandemic.  
  • Ben Druss, MD is Professor of Health Policy and Management and Rosalynn Carter Chair in Mental Health at Emory University. Dr. Druss’ work focuses on improving health policies and systems of care for people with serious mental illness, with a particular focus on integration between mental health, physical health, and public health. Dr. Druss is a member of SMI Adviser’s Clinical Expert Team.  

Accessibility for Participants with Disabilities

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Technical Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using any of the following:

  • The latest and 2nd latest public versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari
  • Internet Explorer 11+

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Optimal System Configuration:

  • Browser: Google Chrome (latest and 2nd latest version), Safari (latest and 2nd latest version), Internet Explorer 11.0+, Firefox (latest and 2nd latest version), or Microsoft Edge (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows versions 8.1+, Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) +, Android (latest and 2nd latest version), or iOS/iPad OS (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC: Windows 8.1 or higher; 1 GB (for 32-bit)/2 GB (for 64-bit) or higher RAM; Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher with latest updates installed; Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor; 512 MB or higher RAM; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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Funding for SMI Adviser was made possible by Grant No. SM080818 from SAMHSA of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, SAMHSA/HHS or the U.S. Government.
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