January 22, 2024 | Low Barrier Models of Care for Substance Use Disorders | ME SUD Learning Community



January 22, 2024 | 12:00-1:00pm


Robert Baillieu MD, MPH, FAAFP will discuss the principles and components of low barrier care, and how low barrier care may be leveraged to overcome substantial gaps in access, while also engaging individuals in treatment.


  • Participants will gain an understanding of low barrier care and be able to describe its principles and components.
  • How low barrier models of care might be leveraged to overcome gaps in access.
  • How low barrier models of care engage individuals in services.

Presenter: Robert Baillieu MD, MPH, FAAFP

Robert Baillieu, MD, MPH, FAAFP serves as a physician and senior advisor at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). He graduated with honors from the University of Sydney Medical School in Australia and completed residency training in family medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where he was also chief resident. Prior to this, Dr. Baillieu lived in Australia where he undertook training in adult internal medicine. He is a board-certified family physician, fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and a former Robert L. Phillips, Jr., Health Policy Fellow at the American Academy of Family Physicians’ Robert Graham Center and the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Primary Care. He holds degrees in medicine, public health, business, and modern languages, and he has experience in health systems research, policy analysis, community organizing, international business, management, public health, education, and medical practice. Dr. Baillieu is also a former assistant professor of clinical family medicine at Georgetown University where he supervised residents and taught classes in policy, advocacy, statistics, and clinical medicine. Dr. Baillieu’s research activities have focused on the primary care workforce, health IT, and the implementation of best practices at the community level. He has presented at national and international meetings and has published in international, peer-reviewed journals.

Prescribing clinicians and their teams

Continuing Medical Education
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 the Maine Medical Education Trust and CCSME. The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Maine Medical Education Trust designates this regularly scheduled series for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

*Nurses and Nurse Practitioners will be awarded a certificate of participation with a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Contact Hours
1 contact hour for social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and behavioral health professionals.
1 Category I contact hour for psychologists. CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.
1 contact hour for Alcohol and Drug Counselors pending approval by the Maine Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors
1 contact hour CHES. CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.