Opioid ECHO

3rd Wednesday of each month - November 15, 2023 through June 5, 2024 - 12 -1 p.m.

This ECHO, coordinated by the Department of Psychiatry at SIU School of Medicine, aims to create a network of trained providers with DATA-2000 waivers who will improve access and care for patients with opioid addiction. The Opioid ECHO will also train clinicians who have the DATA-2000 waiver but who are not yet prescribing.

Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a movement to demonopolize knowledge and amplify the capacity to provide best-practice care for underserved people all over the world through three tenets:

  1. Multipoint video conferencing
  2. Best practices protocol
  3. Case-based learning

Clinicians are strongly encouraged to identify local behavioral health partners to participate in the SIU Opioid ECHO with them.


  • Earn up to 10 continuing education credits

  • Present your cases to a panel of psychiatrists and addiction specialists

  • Learn and interact with experts from your phone, computer or tablet. No need to travel!

  • Discuss timely topics, including anxiety, PTSD and opioid abuse

Opioid specialty team

  • Arindam Chakrabarty, MD
  • Ayame Takahashi, MD
  • Ashima Datey-Chakrabarty, MD
  • Kari Wolf, MD
  • Marcella Bland
  • Obiora Onwuameze, MD
  • Stacy Sattovia, MD

Opioid Curriculum Outline 2023-2024

  • November 15, 2023 - Opioid Treatment Medication Essentials
  • December 20, 2023 - Complications of Opioid Medications
  • January 17, 2024 - Neurobiology of Addictions
  • February 21, 2024 - Psychiatric Comorbidity Relevant to Opioid Addiction and Treatment
  • March 20, 2024 - Pain Management and Alternative to Opioids
  • April 17, 2024 - Management Strategies for the Relapsing or Aggressive Patient
  • May 15, 2024 - Compassionate Opioid Tapering
  • June 5, 2024 - Foods and Nutrition Related to Opioids

Continuing education

This ECHO is provided by the SIU SOM with funding provided in whole or in part by the State of Illinois, Department of Human Services. 

As a participant, you will receive 8 (1 hour) sessions at no cost to you or your organization. Each session will include a short didactic on a specific topic related to opioids, a case presentation, and a discussion and recommendations on the case. The number of credits is dependent on the number of sessions attended. ACCREDITATION: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medication education for physicians. CREDIT: The Southern Illinois University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with their participation in the activity. SIU School of Medicine is preapproved as a continuing nursing education provider according to Section 1300.130, subsection c), 1), B), and P) of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Nurse Practice Act. Nurses may receive a maximum of 1.0 contact hour for completing this activity. SIU School of Medicine is a licensed provider for continuing education for nursing home administrators (license #139-000027), social workers (license #159-000106), clinical psychologists (license # 268-000008), professional counselors/clinical counselors (license number 197-000073), and dietitians/nutrition counselors (license #199.000121). This program offers a maximum of 1 CE hour (per session attended).

Questions? Contact our ECHO team. Once registered, you’ll receive a welcome packet from the SIU ECHO team.