New Opioid Initiative to Launch in Northern Arizona


HCIC Media Contact:

Diana Alvarez
Vice President of Marketing, Training and Community Outreach
Health Choice


New Opioid Initiative to Launch in Northern Arizona
FLAGSTAFF – Health Choice Integrated Care is partnering with Project ECHO® to launch a telementoring program for Northern Arizona physical and behavioral healthcare practitioners. On March 5, 2018, Health Choice Integrated Care will introduce Mountain ECHO, a community collaborative specific to Northern Arizona that will offer training and support to multidisciplinary healthcare providers serving individuals diagnosed with opioid use disorder.  The project is funded by the State Targeted Response grant from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and administered through the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) and is offered at no cost to participants.  The goal of Mountain ECHO is to increase access to medication assisted treatment, the evidence-based best practice for treating opioid addiction.

According to Sunshine Coffman, program manager for Mountain ECHO, “Project ECHO is an ideal model to provide expertise and support to healthcare workers in rural and frontier Northern Arizona because it reduces disparities related to the inability to access specialty care.”

Project ECHO® began at the University of New Mexico in 2003 as a way to connect specialists with community-based physicians in rural and underserved areas. At present, Project ECHO® has 170 sites located in 26 countries that provide specialty support for a myriad of complex conditions.

If you would like more information about Mountain ECHO, please contact Rose Planteen, Mountain ECHO Clinic Coordinator, at 928.214.1186, or by email at You may also visit Health Choice Integrated Care’s website at

About Health Choice Integrated Care

Since October 1, 2015, Health Choice Integrated Care (HCIC) has been the Regional Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA) for Northern Arizona. HCIC is designated by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) as being the managed care organization responsible for the planning, implementation, funding, monitoring and administration of publicly funded comprehensive behavioral health and crisis services to Title XIX eligible children and adults, and non-TXIX adults who qualify as Seriously Mentally Ill (SMI), with behavioral health or substance use disorders. HCIC is also the Integrated RBHA, functioning as the AHCCCS Health Plan for Title XIX eligible (Medicaid) people who qualify as Seriously Mentally Ill (SMI). HCIC is a joint venture between NARBHA and Health Choice, a division of Steward Health Care Network. Learn more at