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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Resources

on Wed, 05/07/2014 - 02:16

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Regional Administrators, continue to collaborate in an effort to provide timely and relevant behavioral health integration information to our partners and stakeholders.  Tobacco use is a preventable cause of premature death and disease, and is a particularly significant issue for those with behavioral health disorders. 

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SAMHSA over the last several years has conducted a series of policy academies to help state, local, tribal, and federal entities to improve services to people with and at risk for substance use and mental health disorders.  Similarly, the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (SCLC) has conducted dozens of summits to encourage various groups to help smokers quit.  As part of the second and third phases of the ongoing SAMHSA-SCLC partnership to foster smoke-free living in behavioral health settings, partners have combined elements of both approaches to create a plan for a series of state-level Leadership Academies for Wellness and Smoking Cessation.  To date there are eight State Academies, starting with New York and moving on to Arizona, Oklahoma, Maryland, North Carolina, Texas, Arkansas, and Mississippi.  The goal of the Leadership Academies is to create a state-wide collaboration among public health, tobacco control, mental health, and addiction treatment departments, who will be charged to produce an action plan to reduce smoking rates among behavioral health consumers and staff and foster smoke-free living.  Following are links to smoking cessation resources available through the SAMHSA-SCLC:


1.      The SAMHSA SCLC Leadership Academies Web site  – includes each of the State Academy Action Plans.

2.      Three new SCLC resources for the SAMHSA Academy States including:

a.      The Tobacco Epidemic Among People with Behavioral Health Disorders:  Facts and Resources

b.      Pharmacologic Product Guide to FDA Approved Tobacco Treatment Medications, Rx for Change, 2013

c.       Drug Interactions with Tobacco Smoke, Rx for Change, 2013

3.      The Smoking Cessation Leadership Center’s WEBINAR SERIES , including a link to access the archive of webinar recordings

4.      Link to the webinar recordings offering CME/CEUs

5.      Link to the latest edition of SCLC’s e-Newsletter, the Communiqué, highlighting the Mississippi State Academy for Wellness and Smoking Cessation


6.      Access the private online Academy Leadership Forum webpage here for custom resources


7.      Contact list for State Academy Leaders


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