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Getting Started with Telemental Health for SMI (Spring 2020)

Activity Type:

  • On Demand Plus

Release Date: 3/23/2020

Expiration Date: 7/6/2020

  • AMA PRA Category 1: 12
  • Participation: 12



Registration is now closed. Maximum capacity for this course has been reached. 

This 12-week learning collaborative will introduce participants to telehealth with a focus on how to get started. Telehealth offers a ready to use tool that can increase access to care for mental health and help you connect with new patients and augment care for existing ones. But like all tools, telehealth can at first appear complex to approach and this learning collaborative is designed to give you knowledge and skills to feel confident and ready to begin offering virtual care for patients with serious mental illness.

NOTE: This course does not contain information specific to recents developments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Program Schedule

The facilitated 12-week syllabus will be held from March 30, 2020 to June 21, 2020.

(Biweekly video conferences are scheduled on Thursdays from 12-1pm ET)


FREE - $0

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by Grant No. 1H79SM080818-01 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. 

Learning Objectives

  • Evaluate your personal and organizational readiness for using teleheath with patients with SMI
  • Discuss the legal, regulatory, and financial rules governing telehealth services
  • Identify a variety of available telehealth tools and discuss how to use them to ensure safe, ethical, and effective telehealth services
  • Describe how to build rapport and deliver culturally competent telehealth to patients with SMI

Target Audience

Psychiatrists, Physicians (non-psychiatrist), Psychologist, Nurse/Nurse Practitioner, Counselor

Instructional Level


Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 12 weeks; 12 hours
Program Begin Date: March 30, 2020
Program End Date: June 21, 2020
Credit Claim End Date: July 6, 2020

This course has a 12-week syllabus and is a collaborative learning experience, not independent study. 

Credit must be claimed within 14 days of the end of the last session. 

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course including the evaluation. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the date of completion and hours earned.

Continuing Education Credit

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The APA designates this enduring CME activity for a maximum of 12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

Instructor and Planner

  • John Torous, MD, MBI, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Disclosure: Investigator-initiated research funding - Otsuka. 


  • Tristan Gorrindo, MD, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.   
  • Teri Brister, PHD, LPC, National Alliance for Mental Illness. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Accessibility for Participants with Disabilities

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Hardware/Software Requierments

This course utilizes a variety of online resources and file types for its assignments. Please check that your device and network is compatible with the minimum requirements:

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