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Utilizing Peers in Tobacco Cessation Recovery: A Discussion

Peer support specialists are certified professionals who provide ongoing support to individuals with mental health and/or substance use (MH/SU) challenges from the perspective of their lived experiences. Integrating peer support specialists into an individual’s tobacco cessation journey can improve overall health outcomes and support recovery.

On Monday, May 22, 3-4 p.m. ET, join the National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco and Cancer Control for Utilizing Peers in Tobacco Cessation Recovery: A Discussion, co-hosted with the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center – a National Center of Excellence for Tobacco-Free Recovery. This engaging panel discussion will feature thought leaders sharing their knowledge and expertise on peer support specialists’ roles in MH/SU treatment organizations’ tobacco cessation and treatment efforts.

Attendees will:
• Understand the role of a peer support specialist.
• Explore strategies to leverage peer support specialists in supporting an individual’s tobacco cessation journey.
• Identify two ways MH/SU treatment organizations can utilize peer support specialists in their tobacco efforts.

Featured speakers:
Heath Hayes, Chief Communications Officer, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
Lonnetta Albright, President and Owner, Forward Movement Inc., Executive Director, John Maxwell Team.
Meghan Hetfield, Nationally Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist, Certified Addiction Recovery Coach, Certified Recovery Peer Advocate, Harm Reduction Works.

Participants who join the live session can earn one hour of free continuing education credit! Instructions for claiming the credit will be included in the post-event email.

This event is co-hosted by the University of California San Francisco’s Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Center of Excellence for Tobacco-Free Recovery, and the National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco & Cancer Control with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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