Project ECHO on Substance Use Disorders and Pain

Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is an opportunity for prescribers across the state to get specialist knowledge, clinical advice, and recommendations from prescribers with expertise in treating patients with pain and substance use disorders in a virtual learning network. ECHO sessions are targeted to all prescribers interested in learning more about the treatment of patients with pain and substance use disorders. Each ECHO session includes a presentation from one of our experts followed by an opportunity for the audience to present patient cases to our entire panel of experts. Consultations with our team of experts are also available outside of the trainings.

Each one-hour Project ECHO session counts towards the eight hours of required training on opioid and substance use disorders for your DEA license.

For questions or more information, contact Will Schmeeckle, Project Coordinator at NMA at

Upcoming trainings on treating patients with substance use disorders and pain:

July 12, 2024
7:30 am CDT
The Sinclair Method: Prescribing Naltrexone for Patients with Alcohol Use
Nathan “Ed” Kaiser, APRN
July 26, 2024
7:30 am CDT
Treatment Approaches for Patients with Cannabis Use Disorder
Gayle Keller, APRN
August 9, 2024
7:30 am CDT
Treatment Approaches for Patients with Methamphetamine Use Disorder
Stephanie Bennington, DO
August 23, 2024
7:30 am CDT
Case Studies Involving Alcohol, Cannabis, and/or Methamphetamines
Project ECHO Team

Project ECHO Expert Panel

Name Specialty Location
Stephanie Bennington, DO Addiction Psychiatrist Omaha, NE
Janet Bernard, MD Family Physician North Platte, NE
Nathan ‘Ed’ Kaiser, APRN Family Nurse Practitioner Omaha, NE
Gayle Keller, APRN Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Falls City, NE
John Massey, MD Pain Medicine Specialist Lincoln, NE
Todd Stull, MD Addiction Psychiatrist Lincoln, NE

Each activity is designated for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. You will receive a link to complete the CME evaluation after each session in order to claim CME credit.

Policies and standards of the Nebraska Medical Education Trust require that speakers and planners for continuing medical education activities disclose any relevant financial relationships they may have with commercial interests whose products, devices or services may be discussed in the content of a CME activity. The speaker and planning committee have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. The Nebraska Medical Education Trust designates each live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The Nebraska Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Nebraska Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Training is Being Provided in Partnership with the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services
This project is funded in full from the State Opioid Response Grant #H79TI085774 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for Substance Abuse Treatment subgranted through the Nebraska Department of Health and Services, Division of Behavioral Health.