The University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine


Primary Care Mental Health Integration

October 21, 2021

All Virtual

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Primary Care Mental Health integration is a cornerstone of advanced population health focused primary care. This year's Primary Care Mental Health conference will enable your team to implement evidence-based screening and behavior change strategies by learning specific problem-based techniques, assessing and changing the culture of your office site and learning how to measure your success.

Patient cases and expert panel discussions will provide an opportunity to practice skills and ask questions relevant to your practice setting.

"Given that over one-half of primary care patients have a mental or behavioral diagnosis or symptoms that are significantly disabling, given that every medical problem has a psychosocial dimension, given that most personal care plans require substantial health behavioral change - a Patient Centered Medical Home is incomplete without behavioral healthcare fully incorporated into its fabric."

--- Baird M, Blount A, Brungardt S, Kessler R et al. Joint Principles: Integrating behavioral
health care into the patient centered medical home. Ann Fam Med. 2014; 12(2):184-185.


FacultyAttendee Registration

Exhibitor Registration

Course Directors:

Logan Hegg, PsyD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry & Pediatrics UVM
UVM Larner College of Medicine
Clinical Educator, UVM Psychological Science
Lead Psychologist, UVM Medical Center

Clara Keegan, MD
Associate Professor, Family Medicine
UVM Larner College of Medicine

Sara Pawlowski, MD
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
UVM Larner College of Medicine

Kerry Stanley, LICSW
Behavioral Health Care Manager
UVM Medical Center, Community Health


Current and Future State of Performance Change

Most practices at this time have access to behavioral health treatment for mental illness through referral to on- or off-site counselors, social workers or health coaches. Uptake of these services is limited unless they are fully integrated into the practice's culture and recognized through value-based payment.

In the future, all advanced primary care should include full, easy on-site and telehealth access to mental health conditions, behavior change counseling for chronic disease management, and substance use disorder care including screening, medication-assisted treatment and counseling.

The primary care team of the future will fully utilize the skills of psychologists, social workers, nurses, and physicians who have a high degree of interprofessional skill that maximizes efficient use of their time, provides the best possible measurable outcomes for patients, high provider satisfaction, and lower costs of care.


  • Gather the information needed to lead their practices toward some degree of integrated behavioral health.
  • Appreciate the role of a team-based approach to integrated behavioral health. Advocate for patients to receive the care they need.
  • (Psychology/mental health clinicians) Learn about the varying roles for BH clinicians within primary care practices.  Identify how to best work collaboratively with referring PC clinicians.


Target audience includes: Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Mental Health Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, and other health care providers with an interest in integrated practice.


Jointly Accredited Provider TMIn support of improving patient care, The Robert Larner MD College of Medicine at the University of Vermont 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 University of Vermont designates this internet live activity for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This program has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 6.25 Nursing Contact Hours.

This program was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 6.25 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, the Robert Larner, MD College of Medicine at the University of Vermont is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The Robert Larner, MD College of Medicine at the University of Vermont maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 6.25 general continuing education credits.

The Vermont Office of Professional Regulation has approved this course for 6.25 hours of continuing education for Allied Mental Health Practitioners.

The Vermont Office of Professional Regulation has approved this course for 6.25 hours of continuing education for Alcohol and Drug Counselors.

The Vermont Board of Psychological Examiners has approved this course for 6.25 hours of continuing education for Psychologists.

Determination of Pharmacotherapeutic Credit is pending.



Fee Summary

 Early RegistrationRegular Registration
Valid through:8/16/2021 - 10/1/202110/2/2021 - 10/21/2021
Physician (MD, DO, ND) and Advanced Professional Providers (NP, PA, RN):$ 165$ 195
Other Health Professionals$ 115$ 145

Refunds may be obtained, less an administrative fee of $50, if notice of cancellation is received in writing by October 1, 2021. No refunds are possible after that date. Please contact the CDE office if you wish to cancel: or 802-656-8407.

Conference Syllabus

The conference syllabus will be available as an electronic download with presentations as PDF files (included with your registration fee). My Credits. You will receive a notification via email a few days prior to the conference with instructions for accessing the presentations and agenda with Zoom links. Please note: printed syllabus, paper copies of evaluations and paper CMIE certificates will not be provided.