The American Lung Association in North Dakota tobacco control program focuses on educating health professionals about treating tobacco dependence in behavioral health settings, which includes mental health and substance use facilities. This education was offered statewide for all behavioral health professionals. The program helped expand the scope of practice for Licensed Addiction Counselors to treat tobacco addictions, and supported the Department of Human Services as they take steps to go tobacco-free in all of their sites and integrate tobacco treatment into their work.
Through this program, the Lung Association provided the following trainings:
- Webinar Series: 5 part webinar series on "Tobacco Interventions for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders" presented by Tony Klein, MPA, NCACII of Rochester Regional Health, NY.
- Statewide Training: Statewide training on "Tobacco Use and Recovery among Individuals with Mental Illness or Addiction," presented by national expert Dr. Jill Williams of Rutgers University Medical School, Division of Addiction Psychiatry.
- 2-Day Training: The Lung Association hosted a 2-day training about "Treating Tobacco Dependence in Behavioral Health Settings" with Dr. Williams and her colleagues from Rutgers, May 9-10 in Bismarck.