The trainings focused on the special tobacco-cessation needs and opportunities among people with mental illness or substance-abuse disorders.
In California, 27.7 percent of people who experienced serious psychological distress between 2011 and 2012 reported smoking, compared with 12.6 percent of the general population. To address the needs of this at-risk population, the CTCP surveyed county and private behavioral health care programs to assess their readiness for adopting tobacco control strategies at behavioral health treatment facilities. Themes that emerged from surveys of key informants guided 2012 regional behavioral health care trainings. Training provided evidence-based guidelines, and participating agencies created rapid improvement plans for implementing tobacco control strategies.
According to the report, between baseline and follow-up surveys, researchers found a decrease in the number of organizations at thinking about making changes and an icrease in those actually making or maintaining changes. Significant obstacles remain to implementing policy, and many agencies have concerns about going tobacco-free. But significant progress has been made, as evidenced by new policies and a growing number of tobacco-free coalitions consisting of public health agencies, behavioral health care agencies, and local hospitals.
Article: Collaboration With Behavioral Health Care Facilities to Implement Systemwide Tobacco Control Policies – California, 2012, Chad D. Morris, PhD, Behavioral Health and Wellness Program, University of Colorado, Preventing Chronic Disease, published 5 February 2015.