About This Program

The goal of this program is to increase knowledge of best practices and evidence-based care for children ages birth to 8 with developmental, behavioral, and mental health concerns.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Developmental delay
  • Disruptive behavior
  • Dysregulation
  • Intellectual disability
  • Special education
  • Trauma/adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)

Participants are expected to submit de-identified patient cases for group discussion and expert consultation.

Hub Team

Amie Bettencourt headshot.

Amie Bettencourt, PhD, MS

Clinical Child Psychologist
Mallory Finn Legg, Esq.

Mallory Finn Legg, Esq.

Special Education Law Attorney
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Mary L. O'Connor Leppert , MB, BCh

Neurodevelopmental Pediatrician

Who Should Participate?

Medical providers (MD, DO, NP, PA), psychologists, social workers, early childhood mental health consultants and early childhood professionals.


Professionals who work on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland (Wicomico, Dorchester, Worchester and Somerset counties).


10 ECHO sessions held virtually
Second Tuesday of each month, beginning September 13, 2022
12:00 – 1:00 PM ET




Pre- and Post-Test

This series will include a pre- and post-test that will be used to understand its effectiveness and for program evaluation.

Those interested in earning ABP MOC Part 2 credits through their participation must complete the post-test questions with a passing score of 75% within 3 attempts.


  • September 13, 2022  Update on the Behavioral Health Crisis in the U.S.
  • October 11, 2022       Considerations in ADHD Medication Management
  • November 8, 2022     Trauma vs. PTSD – When and What to Treat?
  • December 13, 2022    CPS Referrals – Indications, Implications, Benefits
  • January 10, 2023        Filling in Gaps in Mental Health Care for Children in Immigrant Families
  • February 14, 2023      Outcomes of Early Childhood Behavioral Disorders
  • March 14, 2023           Intra Uterine Substance Use: Developmental and Behavioral Outcomes
  • April 11, 2023              Presentation and Screening of Anxiety in Young Children
  • May 9, 2023                Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder – When it isn’t Autism
  • June 13, 2023              Audience Choice – Topic TBD    

Continuing Education Credit Information


This activity is designed to create a learning community for pediatric primary care providers and allied health professionals. It will address the diagnosis, management, and treatment of developmental, emotional, and behavioral health conditions in children ages 0-8. The program’s infrastructure is built on the “hub and spokes” design known as the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) model. Each ECHO session includes case-based learning and didactic instruction in an “all teach, all learn” environment.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists, social workers, early childhood mental health consultants, early intervention specialists, and early childhood professionals.


After attending this activity, the participant will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Recognize the prevalence and comorbidity of developmental, behavioral, and emotional disorders in children ages 0-8.
  2. Identify children at risk for developmental, behavioral, and emotional disorders.
  3. Utilize evidence-based practices in the management of developmental, behavioral, and mental health disorders.
  4. Identify resources to address developmental, behavioral, or mental health concerns in young children.

Accreditation Statement

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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Kennedy Krieger Institute. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement 

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 156 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.   

ABP MOC Statement 

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American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the activity and individual assessment of and feedback to the learner, enables the learner to earn up to 156 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit learner completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABP MOC credit.

Other Credits

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Certification Program AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTMfrom organizations accredited by the ACCME.

National Commission on Certification of Physicians Assistance (NCCPA) PAs may claim a maximum of 156 Category 1 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is authorized by the Maryland State Board of Examiners of Psychologists as a provider of continuing education. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine maintains responsibility for this program. A certificate for 156 CEUs will be awarded upon completion of this activity.

The Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners certifies that this program meets the criteria for 156 credit hours of Category 1 or 156 CEUs of continuing education for social workers licensed in Maryland. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. ​

Policy on Speaker and Provider Discourse

It is the policy of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine that the presenter and provider globally disclose conflicts of interest. The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine OCME has established policies in place that will identify and resolve conflicts of interest prior to this educational activity. Detailed disclosure will be made prior to presentation of the education.

This project is supported by the Maryland Department of Health, Behavioral Health Administration (BHA), Award Number: BH588-TEC-1.