Be the Change: Enhance Tobacco Use Recovery Among Individuals with Behavioral Health Conditions

Apr 14, 2021 Mental Health

Be the Change: Enhance Tobacco Use Recovery Among Individuals with Behavioral Health Conditions


As part of the NC Medicaid Transformation, all physical and behavioral health facilities that contract with Medicaid must be tobacco-free by July 1, 2022 - is your facility ready? Are you interested in supporting your behavioral health organization in going tobacco-free and expanding tobacco use treatment supports? Need assistance in taking the next steps around policy and implementation? Learn from experts how to successfully transition your facility and enhance your tobacco cessation treatment services.

This continuing education program is supported by a health equity grant from public health Region 2 of the NC Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch via the Henderson County Department of Public Health.

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By registering for this continuing education event, you are granting permission for limited participant information to be shared with representatives from public health Region 2 of the North Carolina Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch.

Target Audience

Behavioral health providers, including administrators, NC licensed clinical mental health counselors, psychologists, social workers, substance use counselors, behavioral health nurses, and other professionals interested in this subject


Upon conclusion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe trends in tobacco use including e-cigarettes and emerging products
  • Discuss the known health effects of e-cigarette use
  • Relay the alarming rates of tobacco use among populations with behavioral health conditions and how to take action to reduce this public health crisis
  • Implement tobacco treatment interventions to help those with behavioral health conditions
  • Describe ways of talking with individuals about how to quit
  • Recognize evidence-based strategies for integrating tobacco use treatment services into their current treatment services
  • List nicotine replacement therapy types and pharmacological supports, and identify the two most likely to be effective medication regimens that help people quit
  • Utilize QuitlineNC to refer clients
  • Describe steps to becoming a tobacco-free facility that meets Medicaid's standard for 100% tobacco-free campuses


  • Karen E. Caldwell, MS
  • Brian Coon, MA, LCAS, CCS
  • Stephanie Gans, LCAS, LCSWA, CTTS
  • Jim D. Martin, MS


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