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Using the Collaborative Care Model In Populations with Serious Mental Illness


This 12-week learning collaborative will serve as a virtual community for participants to gain knowledge and skills in implementing the collaborative care model for their patients with serious mental illnesses.     

Participants will learn practical skills for implementing collaborative care in their patients with SMI.  These will include:   

  1. How to implement measurement-based care to improve care for your patients with serious mental illness. 
  2. Developing a registry to follow a panel of patients over time. 
  3. Choosing the best outcome measures to track improvement in major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and whole-person health. 
  4. Optimizing care management to improve access and coordination of care for populations with SMI 
  5. Building a business case and understanding new reimbursement models for supporting collaborative care in SMI. 

Program Schedule  

The facilitated 12-week syllabus will be held from March 11 to June 9, 2024. No content will be released during the week of May 6, 2024. 

Please note you must complete all 7 modules in order to claim credit for this course. 


Module Content 

Module Opens 

Live Session (ET) 


Welcome and Introduction  

Mar 4 



Overview of Core Principles of Collaborative Care 

Mar 11 

Tues, Mar 12 @ 2:00-2:30 pm ET 


Collaborative Care for Major Depression 

Mar 25 

Tues, Mar 26 @ 2:00-2:30 pm ET 


Collaborative Care for Bipolar Disorder   

Apr 8 

Tues, Apr 9 @ 2:00-2:30 pm ET 


Collaborative Care for Schizophrenia 

Apr 22 

Tues, Apr 23 @ 2:00-2:30 pm ET 


Collaborative Care for Whole-person Health in SMI 

May 13 

Tues, May 14 @ 2:00-2:30 pm ET 


Financing and Sustaining Collaborative Care in SMI 

May 27 

Tues, May 28 @ 2:00-2:30 pm ET 


Program Schedule/Syllabus Ends 

Jun 9 



FREE - $0 

Learning Objectives:  

  • Establish knowledge about the evidence base and key principles underlying the collaborative care model  
  • Practice skills in applying the Collaborative Care Model depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and whole health 
  • Review financing and sustaining the collaborative care model in health care clinics and organizations 

Target Audience  

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

Instructional Level  


Estimated Time to Complete 

Estimated Duration: 15.0 hours  

Program Begin Date: March 11, 2024 

Program End Date: June 9, 2024 

Credit Claim End Date: August 8, 2024 

Note: This course has a 12-week syllabus. Credit must be claimed within 60 days of the last session. 

How to Earn Credit 

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, CE credit for social workers, or a certificate of participation may do so by completing the course modules, participating in live group meetings, and completing the evaluation. Participants claiming CE credit for social workers must have full attendance at each live meeting to claim credit for that meeting. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians), CE certificate (social workers) or certificate of participation (other disciplines) showing the event dates and hours earned. 

Continuing Education Credit 

In support of improving patient care, the American Psychiatric Association is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.  


The APA designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 15.0AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Social Workers 

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) designates this activity for 15.0 continuing education credits. Social workers should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

Faculty and Planner Disclosures 

The American Psychiatric Association adheres to the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Medical Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CME activity — including faculty, planners, reviewers or others — are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (commercial interests). All relevant conflicts of interest have been mitigated prior to the commencement of the activity.  

Continuing education requirements vary from state to state. Many state boards grant reciprocity with national accrediting organizations and other state boards. It is the responsibility of each professional to understand the requirements for license renewal or check with the state or national licensing board and/or professional organization to become more familiar with their policies for acceptable continuing education credit. Social workers and Psychologists should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. 


Benjamin Druss MD, MPH is a Professor of Health Policy and Management and Rosalynn Carter Chair in Mental Health at Emory University. Dr. Druss’s 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 has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 


  • Teri Brister, PhD, LPC, National Alliance on Mental Illness. Dr. Brister has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 
  • John Torous, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Torous has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 
  • Sherin Khan, LCSW, Thresholds. Ms. Khan has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.    

Accessibility for Participants with Disabilities 

The American Psychiatric Association is committed to ensuring accessibility of its website to people with disabilities. If you have trouble accessing any of APA’s online resources, please contact us at 202-559-3900 for assistance.  

Availability: On-Demand
Expires on Aug 08, 2024
Credit Offered:
15 CME Credits
15 SW CE Credits
15 COP Credits
Contains: 13 Courses
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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