National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences


10 ECHO clinics running across Mental Health, Addiction/Substance Use, Psychiatry, Road to Recovery (R2R), Women Mental Health, Drug Addiction, Tobacco Cessation, Integrated Mental Health

About NIMHANS


Addiction is emerging as a serious health problem in India. While there is an explosion in the scientific knowledge in this area, there is a huge gap in the treatment due to lack of skilled resources. There is a significant disparity in the standards of care and underutilization of the available treatment.

The National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), a multidisciplinary institute for patient care and academic pursuit in the field of mental health and neurosciences acknowledges this gap and has partnered with ECHO India Trust to start VKN NIMHANS ECHO clinics. Using the ECHO modelä, NIMHANS aims to expand the capacity to provide best patient care for addiction and mental health among healthcare professionals and assess the outcomes in India.

The VKN NIMHANS ECHO clinic is a weekly clinic adapting a continuous interactive process to help develop the required skills. The key objectives of this clinic are to reduce the variations in standard of care, sharing of “best practice” models, sharing of “wisdom” along with “clinical practice guidelines” and continued handholding and development of a learning loop rather than a single or few sessions.

NIMHANS is currently running teleECHO clinics on various aspects of Mental Health. They have also collaborated with the government of Bihar to mentor the government psychiatrists on a regular basis. The governments of Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Orissa, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are in touch with them to start similar projects with their psychiatrists.

Active Clinics @ NIMHANS


VKN NIMHANS ECHO - Addiction & Mental Health

Mental Health Addiction/Substance Use


Schedule
Weekly
Led by

Dr. Prabhat Chand
Hub Experts
Dr. P. Murthy,
Dr. Vivek Benegal,
Dr. Arun K
Coordinators
Lakshmanan
Program Manager
Kubenthiran
IT

VKN NIMHANS ECHO - Road to Recovery (R2R) Rehabilitation Psychiatry

Mental Health Psychiatry Road to Recovery (R2R)


Schedule
Monthly
Led by

Dr. Deepak J
Hub Experts
Dr. Jagadisha T,
Dr Sivakumar T
Coordinators
Lakshmanan
Program Manager

VKN NIMHANS ECHO - Women Mental Health

Mental Health Women Mental Health


Schedule
Monthly
Led by

Dr. Geetha Desai
Hub Experts
Dr. P. Chandra

VKN NIMHANS ECHO - Bihar Drug II

Mental Health Addiction/Substance Use Drug Addiction


Schedule
Fortnightly
Led by

Dr. Prabhat Chand

Dr. Mallikarjuna
Hub Experts
Dr. P. Murthy,
Dr. Vivek Benegal,
Dr. Arun K
Coordinators
Aurobindo
IT

VKN NIMHANS ECHO - Bihar DMHP

Mental Health


Schedule
Fortnightly
Led by

Dr. Naveen CK
Hub Experts
Dr. Prabhat Chand
Coordinators
Aurobindo
IT

VKN NIMHANS ECHO - GoK Tobacco

Mental Health Addiction/Substance Use Tobacco Cessation


Schedule
Fortnightly
Led by

Dr. Narasimha
Hub Experts
Dr. Prabhat Chand
Coordinators
Mamatha
Program Manager

VKN NIMHANS ECHO - Chattisgarh Integrated Mental Health & Addiction

Mental Health Addiction/Substance Use Integrated Mental Health


Schedule
Fortnightly
Led by

Dr. Prabhat Chand

Dr. Naveen CK




Completed Clinics @ NIMHANS


VKN NIMHANS ECHO - Peri Partum

Mental Health Peri-partum Mental Health


Schedule
Monthly
Led by

Dr. Prabhat Chand

NIMHANS Bihar ECHO

Mental Health Addiction/Substance Use


Schedule
Fortnightly
Led by

Dr. Prabhat Chand

VKN NIMHANS ECHO - Bihar Alcohol I

Mental Health Addiction/Substance Use Alcohol


Schedule
Fortnightly
Led by

Dr. Prabhat Chand
Hub Experts
Dr. Mallikarjuna,
Dr. P. Murthy,
Dr. Jayant A,
Dr. Ashfaq A
Coordinators
Lakshmanan
Program Manager