APA is implementing a number of educational initiatives which provide high-quality and innovative medical education for psychiatrist and other mental health clinicians with the ultimate goal of advancing the care of patients. Below you will find additional information in regards to these unique opportunities.
Teaching Collaborative Care as part of CMS’ Effort to Transform Clinical Practice
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI) in order to provide more than 140,000 clinicians with tools and support to improve quality of care. TCPI supports 29 Practice Transformation Networks (PTNs) and 10 Support and Alignment Networks (SANs).
As a SAN awardee, APA received $2.9 million over four years to train 3,500 psychiatrists in integrated behavioral health programs. APA will train psychiatrists in collaboration with the AIMS (Advancing Innovative Mental Health Solutions) Center at the University of Washington through online modules and in-person trainings.
PCSS-MAT Program to Support Education on Medication-Assisted Treatment for Substance Use Disorders
The Providers’ Clinical Support System for Medication-Assisted Treatment (PCSS-MAT) is a national training and mentoring project. The goal of PCSS-MAT is to make available effective medication-assisted treatments to patients in a variety of settings, including primary care, psychiatric care and pain management settings. This collaborative project is funded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and led by the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry in partnership with APA, the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine and the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
APA offers monthly webinars presented by nationally recognized clinical experts, researchers and government officials. Each session is FREE, and CME credit is available to webinar participants.
NIDA Model Curriculum in Substance Use Disorders
APA's’s council on Addiction Psychiatry and Council on Medical Education has formed a workgroup for the purpose of identifying, evaluating and developing a curriculum on substance use disorders. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and APA will develop educational activities that will enable learners to manage psychoactive substance intoxication associated withdrawal and evidence-based psychotherapy and psychosocial interventions that include cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing.
Patient Safety in Psychiatry
APA, in collaboration with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, has developed provides a patient safety in psychiatry course that fulfills an MOC requirement of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. This comprehensive program is mandated by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) as a necessary component of maintenance of certification (MOC). The program includes two interactive video lectures, four case vignettes and a multiple choice quiz. The program is available for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ through March 1, 2018 and up to four MOC points can be earned.