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Mental Health REACH Initiative

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Upstate Mental Health REACH Initiative is an educational activity founded by the Department of Psychiatry in 2022 and funded by the Patrick Lee Foundation and the Mother Cabrini Foundation. REACH Initiative aims to increase the competencies of primary care providers in diagnosing and treating mental health disorders most commonly seen in their practice. Each REACH cycle consists of a one-day intensive workshop followed by 10 weekly ECHO sessions. The program is FREE for all participants, and the intensive workshop is awarded 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each ECHO session is awarded 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. In the past two years, over 240 participants from 43 counties in the state of New York have attended our program.


Please find below part of the testimonial provided by one of the family nurse practitioners (FNP) who attended our program:


“I first attended the REACH workshop in October 2022. The providers presenting during the workshop offered a great overview of psychiatric illnesses, evaluation tools and treatment recommendations. The access to the information via the online platform, made it very easy to attend. The ability to ask for clarification, or ask for case-specific recommendations, encouraged me to continue to attend the ECHO sessions afterwards. Given that these sessions were scheduled during lunch hour, provided a great opportunity to learn, without taking time away from patient care. Increasing the awareness of treatment options for mental illness, within the primary care space, leads to a more holistic care approach that benefits the patient. This is what The Upstate Mental Health REACH Initiative has helped to foster. I can now, more confidently, initiate care for several common mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, insomnia, without the need for initial evaluation by Psychiatry. If I still feel that Psychiatry evaluation and treatment is warranted, I better know how to risk assess for conditions such as suicidality, and am able to then refer to the appropriate level of care. I highly recommend the REACH Initiative to any provider looking to offer a more well-rounded approach to care. The Upstate Mental Health REACH Initiative is truly breaking down the silos of healthcare, and bridging a gap for patients in need.”



Nevena Radonjic, MD, PhDNevena Radonjic, M.D. Ph.D.

Dr. Radonjic is an Assistant Professor and Interim Vice Chair of Education at the Department of Psychiatry, SUNY Upstate. Dr. Radonjic has been devoted to education over the past 20 years and has been privileged to teach students and residents in various academic settings and develop educational programs. She is currently the director of Grand Rounds for the Department of Psychiatry, organizing presentations on the latest updates in clinical treatments and scientific research in mental health. The focus of her clinical work is Reproductive Psychiatry and mental health care of Indigenous Americans. Her current research is focused on the impact of sex steroid hormones on human brain development. Dr. Radonjic has authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications in prestigious journals such as CNS Drugs, Molecular Psychiatry, Cell Reports, and Cerebral Cortex, written chapters for educational textbooks, and presented her work internationally.


Marcy GuzikMarcy Guzik 

Marcy is a graduate of Drexel University with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. She joined SUNY Upstate in 2021 as a coordinator for the Psychiatry Residency where she collaborates daily with residents. Marcy holds a key role in coordinating the continuous medical education program for Departmental Grand Rounds. From January 2022, Marcy has taken the role of coordinator for Upstate Mental Health Initiative REACH.




Rosemarie EarleRosemarie (Ro) Earle

Ro joined SUNY Upstate in 1989 in the Office of Student Admissions.  In 2018, she joined the Psychiatry Department as Administrative Assistant to the Chair of the Department. In 2024, she took on the role of a Co-Coordinator for the Upstate Mental Health Initiative REACH. 





Mental Health REACH Workshop Saturday March 16th 2024 at the Inns of Aurora

Project ECHO

Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a well-established model pioneered from the University of New Mexico. Project ECHO has had a national and international reach for the past 19 years. The ECHO model breaks down the barriers between specialist and primary care. Our experts at SUNY Upstate will function as the hub to deliver education, knowledge and best practices to the primary care clinicians in the Central New York region and beyond. Using videoconferencing technology, we will be connecting our team of interdisciplinary experts with primary care providers. By utilizing this teleconferencing technology, we are able to enhance medical resources in rural and medically underserved areas in Upstate and Central New York.