Essentials of Behavioral Health in Primary Care 2021

Saturday, October 16
Virtual CME Conference

Community Health Network of Connecticut, Inc.® (CHNCT) in partnership with the Connecticut Behavioral Health Partnership/Beacon Health Options is pleased to announce a free behavioral health educational program for Connecticut Medical Assistance Program (CMAP) enrolled primary care providers on October 16, 2021.

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Primary care settings are an entry point for many individuals with behavioral health and substance use disorders seeking treatment. Primary care providers are often managing chronic medical conditions along with behavioral health and substance use disorders. Additionally, evidence has shown that integrated behavioral healthcare improves health outcomes and patient experience and reduces unnecessary costs and delays in treatment. As a result of these changing roles and responsibilities, additional training in behavioral health for primary care providers is often needed.

This activity is jointly provided by Medical Education Resources (MER) and CHNCT.

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by MER and CHNCT. MER 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.

Medical Education Resources designates this activity for a maximum of 4.0 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:
  • Treatment of Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Children and Adolescents
  • Treatment of Anxiety and Depression in Children and Adolescents
  • Pharmacologic Treatment of Tobacco, Alcohol, and Opioid Use Disorders
  • Treatment of Anxiety and Depression in Adults

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This activity is jointly provided by Medical Education Resources and CHNCT.

This activity is fully supported by CHNCT.


Marybeth Ellison, MD

Associate Clinical Professor, Yale School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
Board-certified, American Board of Pediatrics
Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
Member, Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Dr. Ellison is a physician who has been passionately involved in both pediatric medicine and education for her entire career, which has shaped her life. In 1995, she had a daughter who had developmental disabilities, and was subsequently diagnosed with autism. As a professional, she has worked in clinical medicine since the 1990s, and has spent much of that time in the area of developmental and behavioral pediatrics. Dr. Ellison has trained clinically with specialists in this field, as well as child psychiatry, psychology, speech and language pathology, special education, and occupational therapy; and, became certified in psycho-educational testing and developmental evaluations. Although she sees and evaluates children with many developmental disabilities, she specializes in children and adolescents with ADHD and high functioning autism spectrum disorders, as well as special education services.

Dr. Ellison was the Medical Director of the ProHealth Physicians/CT Center for ADHD in Middletown, CT for more than 10 years. She now has a part-time private practice, Sunflower Developmental Pediatrics in Essex, CT.

Dr. Ellison also works at Yale University School of Medicine teaching in several capacities to medical students, resident physicians, and DBP fellows. She directs the Department of Pediatrics ADHD Clinic, and co-directs the Clinic for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Fair Haven Community Health Center (FHCHC).

Her main passion is working with children with challenges and disabilities and their families to help them reach their potential. She enjoys sharing her energy and knowledge in this field with others, as well as capacity building across an array of clinicians and educators in our state. Dr. Ellison has spoken widely on the topics of ADHD, autism, and special education in myriad formats throughout the region.

Andrew Lustbader, MD, FAAP

Child, Adolescent, Adult Psychiatrist and Pediatrician

Dr. Andrew Lustbader completed his pediatric and general psychiatric residencies and his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the Yale University School of Medicine. He is an Associate Clinical Professor at the Yale University School of Medicine and the Yale Child Study Center. He also serves on the clinical faculty in the Department of Pediatrics at Yale New-Haven Hospital and has been on the faculty of the Yale School of Nursing. He is the medical director of the Prospects Extended Day Treatment Program at the Mid-Fairfield Child Guidance Center in Norwalk, CT, and is the director of a large private practice group in Westport, CT.

Dr. Lustbader has a depth of knowledge and vast experience regarding the interface between psychiatry and primary care as he practiced as a pediatrician prior to becoming a child and adolescent psychiatrist. He has developed collaborative office rounds (CORs) with pediatricians in lower Fairfield county, co-located mental health nurse practitioners into five pediatric practices, and continues to serve as a physician educator of primary care practitioners on children’s mental health topics. Additionally, he consults the Yale hub of the ACCESS-Mental Health program – a program designed to offer primary care providers immediate support for their patients with mental health concerns. He has also led a multidisciplinary taskforce creating a blueprint for how to build a mental health system providing affordable access to care for all of Connecticut’s children, using current resources. He serves on the Health Care Access and Economics Committee at The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, in an effort to help find affordable access to quality children’s mental healthcare. He also serves on the Board of The Austen Riggs Center, a mental health hospital delivering long-term care for treatment resistant patients in Stockbridge, MA.

Joseph Donroe, MD, MPH

Joe Donroe attended Tufts University School of Medicine where he received his MD and MPH degrees. During that time, he was an NIH Fogarty Scholar and spent two years working in Lima, Peru. He went on to complete a combined residency in internal medicine and pediatrics followed by a chief residency year with the Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program before joining as a core faculty member and subsequently becoming board certified in addiction medicine. His interests include medical education, clinical skills development, point of care ultrasound, and caring for people with substance use disorders. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine, core faculty for the Yale Primary Care Residency Program and Program in Addiction Medicine, Director of Point of Care Ultrasound for the Yale Primary Care and Hospitalist Programs, and Director of the Physical Exam Course for Yale School of Medicine.


Melissa Welby, MD

Melissa Welby, MD, is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist in private practice specializing in adult ADHD, depression, and anxiety. She is an active leader, writer, and award-winning social media presence who advocates for her patients and profession and spreads evidence-based mental health information. Her blog can be found at


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