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Mental Health: Leveling the Playing Field

  • Authors: Napoleon B. Higgins, Jr, MD; Sanjay Gupta, MD; Petros Levounis, MD, MA
  • CME / ABIM MOC / CE Released: 7/8/2022
  • Valid for credit through: 7/8/2023
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    Physicians - maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

    ABIM Diplomates - maximum of 1.00 ABIM MOC points

    Nurses - 1.00 ANCC Contact Hour(s) (0 contact hours are in the area of pharmacology)

    IPCE - 1.00 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit

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Target Audience and Goal Statement

This activity is intended for psychiatrists, primary care physicians (PCPs), pediatricians, nurses, nurse practitioners (NPs), and physician assistants (PAs).

The goal of this activity is that clinicians will be better able to screen, diagnose, and manage mental health disorders in unique populations.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will:

  • Have increased knowledge regarding the
    • Evidence-based strategies for improving mental health outcomes for patients from communities of color
    • Unique mental health challenges in the LGBTQ community
  • Demonstrate greater confidence in their ability to
    • Incorporate interprofessional strategies to reduce barriers to optimal mental health care to improve equity


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Session Chair

  • Sanjay Gupta, MD

    Chief Medical Officer
    BryLin Behavioral Health System
    Buffalo, New York
    Medical Director
    Geriatric and Adult Psychiatry
    Endeavor Clinic
    Buffalo, New York
    Consulting Psychiatrist
    DENT Neurological Institute
    Amherst, New York
    Clinical Professor
    Department of Psychiatry
    SUNY at Buffalo
    Clinical Professor
    Department of Psychiatry
    SUNY Upstate Medical University at Syracuse
    Syracuse, New York


    Sanjay Gupta, MD, has the following relevant financial relationships:
    Consultant or advisor for: Intra-Cellular Therapies
    Speaker or member of speakers bureau for: AbbVie; Alkermes; Intra-Cellular Therapies; Janssen; Neurocrine; Otsuka; Sunovion


  • Napoleon B. Higgins, Jr, MD

    President and CEO
    Bay Pointe Behavioral Health Service, Inc.
    South East Houston Research Group, Inc.
    Houston, Texas


    Napoleon B. Higgins, Jr, MD, has the following relevant financial relationships:
    Consultant or advisor for: Lundbeck; Otsuka; Sage
    Speaker or member of speakers bureau for: Lundbeck; Otsuka; Supernus
    Research funding from: Pfizer, Inc
    Contracted researcher for: Elligo

  • Petros Levounis, MD, MA

    Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, and Associate Dean
    Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
    American Psychiatric Association
    Newark, New Jersey


    Petros Levounis, MD, MA, has no relevant financial relationships.


  • Clinton W. Wright, Pharm.D., BCPP

    Medical Education Director, Medscape, LLC


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Compliance Reviewer/Nurse Planner

  • Stephanie Corder, ND, RN, CHCP

    Associate Director, Accreditation and Compliance, Medscape, LLC


    Stephanie Corder, ND, RN, CHCP, has no relevant financial relationships.

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This activity has been peer reviewed and the reviewer has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

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Mental Health: Leveling the Playing Field

Authors: Napoleon B. Higgins, Jr, MD; Sanjay Gupta, MD; Petros Levounis, MD, MAFaculty and Disclosures

CME / ABIM MOC / CE Released: 7/8/2022

Valid for credit through: 7/8/2023


Contents of This CME Activity

All sections of this activity are required for credit.

Breaking Down Barriers to Mental Health Care for Minority Communities

Learn more about minority community barriers to mental health and how to overcome them.
Napoleon B. Higgins, Jr, MD

Approaching LGBTQ+ Mental Health Status and Care: Are We Narrowing the Gap?

What is the mental health status and care of the LGBTQ+ community?
Petros Levounis, MD, MA

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