American Lung Association Introduces New Toolkit for Tobacco Treatment Integration in Behavioral Health Systems
The toolkit, Public Health Roadmap: Tobacco Use Disorder (TUD) Treatment Integration in Behavioral Health Settings, is intended for State Tobacco Control Program staff and other public health professionals, working with providers, organizations, agencies and systems serving people with mental health and substance use challenges to treat tobacco use and dependence. Behavioral Health care teams have a critical opportunity to concurrently address tobacco use disorder and offer treatment alongside other services that support people in the community, including people receiving substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and treatment for serious mental illness (SMI). Only about half of mental health and one-third of substance use disorder treatment facilities report having smoke-free campuses and less than half of behavioral health treatment facilities offer comprehensive tobacco treatment services. Download the toolkit below to learn the steps toward achieving Tobacco Use Disorder Treatment Integration in Behavioral Health settings.