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Training Primary Care Physicians and Nurse Practitioners in Psychiatry to meet the Mental Health Needs in Rural Missouri. Syed Arshad Husain, M.D., FRC Psych, FRCP (C) Professor and Chief of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry School of Medicine University of Missouri-Columbia

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Training Primary Care Physicians and Nurse Practitioners in Psychiatry to meet the Mental Health Needs in Rural Missouri

Syed Arshad Husain, M.D., FRC Psych, FRCP (C)

Professor and Chief of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

School of Medicine

University of Missouri-Columbia

Columbia, Missouri USA

Letter to President George W. Bush

“America’s mental health service delivery system is in shambles”

(Michael F. Hogan, Ph.D., Chairman, President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, October 29, 2002)

Current Status of Mental Health Delivery System in the USA

  • The number of individuals with Severe Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) has reached epidemic proportion.

  • The shortage of psychiatric hospital beds is endemic.

  • Severe shortage of general and child psychiatrists in all locations, including rural areas.

Current Status of Mental Health Delivery System in Rural Missouri

  • Individuals needing psychiatric services are unable to find a trained psychiatrist in a timely fashion.

  • This situation often leads to first line psychiatric care being provided by PCP’s who are generally untrained.

Survey of PCP’s in Rural Missouri

  • Geographic Location: 13 most underserved counties in Southwest Missouri

  • Number of PCP’s Surveyed: 52

    • Physicians: 23

    • Nurse Practitioners: 29

How many psychiatric patients do you currently see in your practice weekly?

Average was 36 patients

18 Male

18 Female

What diagnostic categories of psychiatric patients are you currently seeing?

  • Anxiety Disorders-92.3%

  • Bi-Polar Disorder-84.8%

  • Major Depression-84.5%

  • ADHD-77.4%

  • Substance Abuse-73.8%

  • PTSD-67.7%

  • Schizophrenia-45.5%

  • ODD/Conduct Disorder-40.8%

What kind of treatment do you provide to your psychiatric patients?

  • Medication follow-up-85.9%

  • Individual Psychotherapy-24%

  • Family Therapy-7.9%

What type of psychotropic medications do you often prescribe?

  • Antidepressant/SSRI’s – 83%

    • Zoloft-88.1%

    • Paxil-83%

    • Prozac-78%

  • Atypical Antipsychotic – 55%

    • Zyprexa-61%

    • Risperdal-55%

    • Seroquel-48.9%

  • Anti-anxiety – 52.7%

    • BuSpar-73.5%

    • Ativan-45.7%

    • Valium-38.8%

  • Mood Stabilizer – 44.8%

    • Depakote-57.2%

    • Lithium-39.7%

    • Tegretol-37.4%

How many psychiatric patients, in a month, do you refer to the mental health professionals?

Average – 7 patients

What are the common reasons for referral of psychiatric patients to other resources?

  • Treatment Failure

  • Suicidal Ideation

  • Diagnostic Questions

  • Need for Inpatient Care

  • Significant Drug Dependence

  • Patients on Multiple Psychotropic Medications

What percentage of your general medical patients have mental health issues?

Approximately – 40%

Our Solution

Lessons Learned from the War Zones and Disaster Areas

  • During the siege of Sarajevo, there were only 100 mental health professionals who could provide psychological help to 60,000 children living in Sarajevo. This disparity between the providers and the consumers, created a need to train indigenous workers in Trauma Psychology. Thus, “Teachers As Therapists” program was created.

Teachers As Therapists

  • We trained 2,000 teachers as “lay-therapists”. Who provided psychological help to over 20,000 children and their families in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

  • Since then, this strategy has been successfully used in Kosovo, Chechnya, Palestine, Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan, 11 Republics of former Soviet Union, Gujrat, India, tsunami stricken Sri Lanka and Banda Ache, Northern Pakistan and now in Katrina affected areas in the USA.

Application of “Teachers As Therapists” Model in Rural Missouri

  • To combat the shortage of Psychiatrists in Rural Missouri, we proposed to train primary care practitioners (PCP’s) in psychiatry and psychopharmacology and developed a project entitled “Training Enhancement in Rural Mental Health” (TERMH).

Training Enhancement in Rural Mental Health(Project TERMH)

  • The US Department of Labor supported Project TERMH and awarded a three-year grant of 2.7 Million Dollars to train primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, and other physicians in Rural Missouri.

  • Under this project, PCP’s were offered 84 hours of didactics and practicum in psychiatry, child psychiatry, and psychopharmacology.

The Training Curriculum


  • Classification system in psychiatry.

  • Multi-axial System

  • Diagnostic & Statistical Manual-IV

  • Psychiatric Assessment

  • History taking

  • Mental Status examination

    iii. Mini-mental status

    iv. Diagnostic formulation

    v. Multi-axial diagnosis

  • Small groups, practice of interview


  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

    i. Assessment in children

    ii. Resiliency factors

    iii. Co-morbidity

    iv. PTSD in the elders

The Training Curriculum (cont.)

Topics (cont.)

  • Psychiatric Conditions in children

    and adolescents

  • Externalizing Disorders


    ·       Conduct Disorder

    ·       Oppositional Defiant Disorder

  • Internalizing Disorders

    ·        Depressive Disorders

    ·        Anxiety Disorders

  • Psychopharmacology

  • Principles of Chemical and Electrical


  • Anxiety Disorders

  • Utilization of Screening

    Instruments in Primary

    Care Settings

  • Mood Disorder in Children

    and Adolescents

    (Major Depressive

    Disorder, Bi-Polar

    Disorder, Substance

    Induced Mood Disorder)

The Training Curriculum (cont.)

Topics (cont.)

  • Interview Technique for Child and Adolescent Patients

  • Diagnosis and Management Mood Disorders in Adults I

  • Interviewing Adult Patients

  • Diagnosis and Management Mood Disorders in Adults II

  • Interviewing Depressed Adults and Elderly

  • Diagnosis and Management of Schizophrenia and other Psychotic Disorders

  • Interviewing Psychotic Adult (Small group practice)

  • Substance Use Disorders

  • Interviewing Chemically Dependent Patients

  • Management of ADHD and Depression in Children and Adolescent

  • Demonstration of ADHD, ODD, and Anti-Social Aggressive Teenager

The Training Curriculum (cont.)

Topics (cont.)

  • Identifying Psychiatric Emergencies in a Primary Care Setting

  • Principles and Technique of Psychotherapy

  • Demonstrating Psychotherapy Techniques

  • Principle of Case Management and Concept of Integrated Mental Health Team

Outcome Study


  • A Pre and Post Training test, consisting of 110 multiple choice questions, covering all topics included in the curriculum, were administered to each participant

  • A control group of fourth and fifth year psychiatric residents was also given the same test.

Outcome Study Results

  • Pre-Test Average : 45.14%

  • Post-Test Average : 63.88%

  • Control Group Average – 76.4%

“Integrated Mental Health Team”

  • Upon completion of the training, the participants were invited to join the “Integrated Mental Health Team”

Integrated Mental Health Team

Out Reach


Out Reach



Case Manager 1

Case Manager 2

Case Manager 3










* The Psychiatrist may be in contact with any member of the Integrated Mental Health

System in the interest of treating a patient based on a referral or the need of a PCP.

Benefits of the “Integrated Mental Health Team”

  • 24/7 hotline for consultation

  • Immediate access to a psychiatrist

  • Medication guidance

  • Inpatient hospitalization, if needed

  • More intense out-patient options

Non-Accredited Fellowship in Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry

  • Due to the success of Project TERMH, the US Department of Labor awarded a second grant to support the “Non-Accredited Fellowship in Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry”.

  • This fellowship represents an expansion of Project TERMH to 120 hours of training, with 56 hours of didactics and 64 hours of practicum in an inpatient setting.

  • This training is available for general practitioners, nurse practitioners, family physicians, and pediatricians.

  • A child psychiatry track will be offered to general psychiatrists and pediatricians.

DSM-IV: A Multi-axial System for Psychiatric Diagnosis

Psychiatric Assessment

Mental Retardation and Autism

Child and Adolescent Development & Disorders

Delirium, Dementia, and Mental Disorders Due to General Medical Condition

Depression & Bi-Polar Disorder in Adults

Psychosis & Schizophrenia

Anxiety Disorders & PTSD

Substance Related Disorders

Theories of Child Development:

Attachment & Bonding


Moral & Religious Development

Classification of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Diagnostic Assessment in Children

Interview Techniques with Children & Adolescents

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Conduct Disorder

Depression and Anxiety Disorders in Children

Psychiatric Treatment of Children: Pediatric Psychopharmacology

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Group Therapy

Risk Assessment of Suicide:


Children & Adolescent

Assessment & Treatment of Sleep Disorders

Principle & Practice of Psychopharmacology in Psychiatry

Geriatric Psychiatry

Didactic Requirements Total Hrs: 56

Practicum Requirements: Total Hrs: 64

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