Meeting Veterans’ Needs With Expert Behavioral Health Collaboration

The Rural Veterans Behavioral Health ECHO meets the unique needs of veterans in rural areas by educating and supporting providers in the delivery of effective, quality behavioral health care. This ECHO convenes from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday of the month starting October 9th. It is supported by a federal Health Resources and Services Administration grant awarded to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.



  • Improve the assessment of psychiatric illnesses that impact veterans through a behavioral health care toolkit.
  • Better address and treat psychiatric illnesses and co-morbid conditions.
  • Improve screening of cognitive changes and identification of traumatic brain injury and early stage dementia.
  • Distinguish what can be treated in the clinic versus what is available and appropriate for referral.

Curriculum for Case-Based Learning and Discussion

  • Military Culture
  • Suicide
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Trauma
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Substance Use
  • Psychosis/Bipolar
  • ADHD
  • Personality Disorders
  • Aging/Dementia

Meet the Expert Team

John Lauriello, MD, Psychiatrist, University of Missouri

Lindsey Schrimpf, MD, Psychiatrist, University of Missouri

Eric Hart, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist, University of Missouri

Roger Sommi, PharmD, Pharmacist, University of Missouri-Kansas City/MU

Matthew Porter, MD, Family Practice, Your Community Health Center

Brett Hartley, Community Resource Specialist, Your Community Health Center

Jim Craig, Military Faculty and Resource, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Jon Sabala, Veterans Resources, Missouri Department of Mental Health

Previous Webinars

“Military Culture” by Jon Sabala, Veterans Services Director, Missouri Department of Mental Health

CME Information

The Office of Continuing Education, School of Medicine, University of Missouri is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Office of Continuing Education, School of Medicine, University of Missouri designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.