Public health professionals have the opportunity to partner with behavioral healthcare organizations to build capacity for system-wide, sustainable initiatives that will reduce tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure among employees, clients/patients, and visitors.
Promoting comprehensive, evidence-based tobacco-free programs and treatment that works along with providing technical assistance to the staff of behavioral health organizations is crucial to integrating services that effectively reduce the toll of tobacco use in this population group.
To best support tobacco control program staff and other public health professionals, the Lung Association has identified resources that highlight effective training programs, practice recommendations, resources and toolkits aimed at behavioral health care teams.
Explore resources for behavioral health care and wellness teams:
Conduct an assessment of a behavioral health clinic/system and develop an action plan to address the current gaps with these resources to support you:
Implement and strengthen tobacco-free organizational policies
- Sample Policy Language from the American Lung Association in Minnesota’s Toolkit to Address Tobacco Use in Behavioral Health Settings
- NAMI-Kansas and Public Health Law Center, Kansas Tobacco Guideline for Behavioral Health Care: An Implementation Toolkit
- Infographic on How To Implement a Tobacco-Free Policy from CU Anschutz Medical Campus- Behavioral Health and Wellness Program
- American Lung’s Tobacco-Free Facility Signs
- California Behavioral Health & Wellness Initiative Tobacco-Free Toolkit for Behavioral Health Agencies (2019)
- CDC — Tips From Former Smokers® — Campaign Resources
- Journal Articles to support evidence for tobacco treatment in behavioral health settings
- NIDA/SAMHSA Infographic Smoking Cessation Therapies Benefit Substance Use Disorder Clients
- American Lung Association’s training and resource collection for behavioral health care teams (2021)
- UCSF SCLC — Destination Tobacco Free: A Practical Tool for Hospitals and Health Systems, see: “tobacco-cessation benefits or services for employees”
Page last updated: August 18, 2021