Essentials of Behavioral Health in Primary Care 2018

Saturday, September 15, 2018
Hilton Garden Inn, Wallingford, CT

Community Health Network of Connecticut, Inc. in partnership with Beacon Health Options is pleased to announce a free behavioral health educational program for Connecticut Medical Assistance Program (CMAP) enrolled primary care providers on September 15, 2018.


While integrating behavioral health care with primary care is now widely considered an effective strategy for improving outcomes for patients with behavioral health conditions, many primary care providers are often the first to recognize the presence of behavioral health issues. Improving the skills of primary care providers in addressing behavioral health conditions will allow patients early access to treatment by providers with whom they already have established relationships. This, combined with a growing need for behavioral health providers, is requiring many behavioral health conditions to be managed in a primary care setting.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and polices of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Medical Educational Resources (MER) and Community Health Network of Connecticut, Inc. (CHNCT).

MER is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Medical Education Resources designates this activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Conference will cover:
  • Adult, adolescent, and child psychopharmacology
  • Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
  • Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
  • Crisis prevention and intervention
  • Integrating behavioral health services in a primary care practice

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Meet our speakers

Lisa B. Namerow, MD

Dr. Lisa B. Namerow is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and completed a five year integrated residency program in pediatrics, adult psychiatry and child/adolescent psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical Center. She is board certified in pediatrics, psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry and has over 25 years of diverse experience providing ambulatory, emergency and inpatient psychiatric services to pediatric and adolescent patients.

Dr. Namerow currently works as Medical Director for the Institute of Living ACCESS Mental Health CT hub consultation team. ACCESS Mental Health CT provides free telephone consultation and behavioral health education and training to pediatricians. She also serves as the Director of Consultation Liaison Services of Pediatrics at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Prior to this, Dr. Namerow was the Division Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Hartford Hospital.

A published author, Dr. Namerow has written for journals including Seminars in Pediatric Neurology, the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Namerow is a member of the Behavioral Oversight Committee for Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and is heavily involved in the development of clinical pathways and protocols. She is currently the principal investigator in a clinical study Enhancing Treatment of Depression in Child and Adolescence Using P450 Guidance, funded by Hartford Hospital.


Surita Rao, MD

Dr. Surita Rao is an associate professor and director of the Psychiatry Residency Training Program at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Dr. Rao completed residencies in psychiatry at Saint Vincent’s Medical Center of Richmond and the Yale University School of Medicine followed by a post-graduate fellowship in addiction psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine. She is board certified in psychiatry and addiction psychiatry and has over 31 years of diverse experience. Dr. Rao has been on the faculty at both Yale and Emory Universities, and has been on the UCONN School of Medicine faculty since 2008.

Dr. Rao has previously served as the medical director for the Whiting Forensic Division of Connecticut Valley Hospital, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and as chair and director of behavioral health services at St. Francis Care. Upon completing her fellowship training, Dr. Rao worked as the medical director of the Methadone Maintenance Clinics at Yale University School of Medicine. She has worked with impaired physicians and other health care professionals.

Dr. Rao is on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and is vice chair of their national membership committee. She is past president of the Connecticut chapter of ASAM. Dr. Rao was chair of the physicians’ health committee at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. She also serves on the board of the Hartford Dispensary.


Philip Blumenshine, MD

Dr. Philip Blumenshine obtained a Master of Science in Medical Anthropology from the University of Oxford and a Master of Advanced Science in Clinical Research from the University of California, San Francisco. He received his medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College, where he was awarded the Richard N. Kohl Prize for excellence in psychiatry and the George G. Reader Prize in public health. He completed his residency at the New York State Psychiatric Institute/New York-Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia campus), where he was a chief resident.

Dr. Blumenshine is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut. He teaches and supervises residents and medical students; is the medical director of the psychiatry emergency service; and sees private patients for psychotherapy and medication management. A published author, Dr. Blumenshine has written for journals including Academic Psychiatry, Maternal and Child Health Journal, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and Emerging Infectious Diseases.


Srinath Gopinath, MD

Dr. Srinath Gopinath is a psychiatrist practicing in Farmington, Connecticut. He attended and graduated from Kakatiya Medical College in 2005. Dr. Gopinath completed his residency in psychiatry at the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center in 2016. Dr. Gopinath also served as chief resident for research and academics, doing advanced neuroimaging and clinical neuroscience training at the Yale University School of Medicine. He is board certified in psychiatry.

Dr. Gopinath has written for journals including the Journal of Affective Disorders, Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience and the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences. Dr. Gopinath is currently involved in the Open Label Multi-Site Study of Safety and Effects of MDMA-assisted Psychotherapy for Treatment of PTSD.

Dr. Gopinath is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, having joined the faculty in 2017.


Rebecca Eleck, MD

Dr. Rebecca Eleck is currently the Primary Care Medical Director of the Wheeler Clinic’s Family Health and Wellness Centers in Bristol, New Britain and Hartford. In her role as medical director, Dr. Eleck oversees the delivery of primary care services for adults, children and families. She provides clinical oversight and management of clinical performance outcomes, directs the supervision of medical practitioners and provides direct care to patients across the lifespan. Dr. Eleck joined Wheeler in 2016 as a family practice physician for the Wheeler Health and Wellness Center in Bristol.

Dr. Eleck attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and completed her residency in family medicine at Middlesex Hospital. She is board certified in family medicine with a special interest in medication-assisted treatment for alcohol and opioid addiction. Dr. Eleck is also concerned with global health and has worked in Haiti, Guatemala and Honduras.


Irfan Munawar, MD

Dr. Irfan Munawar is chairman of behavioral health and physician executive of the behavioral health service line at St. Francis Behavioral Health Group. He has been with St. Francis for more than nine years and provides psychiatric care to pediatric, adolescent and adult patients including those with comorbid substance use disorders. Dr. Munawar also serves as site supervisor for psychiatric residents and medical students from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine.

Dr. Munawar earned his medical degree from Allama Iqbal Medical College and completed an adult psychiatric residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center followed by a post-graduate fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at UCONN Health. He is board certified in psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry and addiction medicine and has over 20 years’ experience. Dr. Munawar has served on expert panels focusing on youth suicide prevention, opioid addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder.


Jeanette M. Tetrault, MD, FACP, FASAM

Dr. Jeanette M. Tetrault is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine at Yale University. She attended Boston University School of Medicine and completed residency in the Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine program, followed by a post-graduate fellowship in ambulatory care at the Clinical Epidemiology Research Center at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System. She is board certified in internal medicine and addiction medicine and has over 17 years experience.

Dr. Tetrault was recently recognized as a Macy Foundation Faculty Scholar and was awarded the New England Regional Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) Clinician Educator of the Year Award in 2013. She is the Program Director for the Yale Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program and serves on the Board of Directors for The Addiction Medicine Foundation and for the Addiction Medicine Fellowship Directors Association. She is a past-president of the New England Region of SGIM and co-chair of SGIM’s Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Use Interest Group.

Dr. Tetrault’s scholarly work focuses on the care of patients with addiction and the medical co-morbidities associated with substance use. She examines epidemiologic factors associated with substance use disorders with a focus on prescription drug misuse. Her work has explored the impact of marijuana inhalation on pulmonary function, the unique features of women with non-medical use of prescription opioids, and the prevalence of substance use disorders in individuals with sexually transmitted infections.

Dr. Tetrault currently works at the Central Medical Unit of the APT foundation providing primary care, addiction treatment and medication-assisted treatment. She is an attending physician at Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH) and is the co-director of the Addiction Recovery Clinic in the Adult Primary Care Clinic at the St. Raphael's Campus of YNHH.


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  • 1181 Barnes Rd, Wallingford, CT 06492
  • 8:00am - 5:00pm