Saving Lives: What You Can Do To Help Reduce Tobacco Use in Community Mental Health Settings


April 11, 2018 – 2-3:30 pm ET

Adults with mental illness and substance use disorders use tobacco at significantly higher rates than others in the population – accounting for 40 percent of all cigarettes smoked. The U.S. Substance and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and national advocacy groups, including the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), are collaborating to provide information, strategies, and resources to reduce tobacco use among people receiving community-based behavioral health services. This webinar described the prevalence of smoking among people involved with the public behavioral health system; successful strategies to reduce smoking in community-based behavioral health settings; and partnerships across service systems to sustain smoking cessation. 


  • Brian Hepburn, M.D., Executive Director, NASMHPD (moderator) 
  • Doug Tipperman, M.S.W., Tobacco Policy Liaison, Office of Policy, Planning, and Innovation, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Steven A. Schroeder, M.D., Distinguished Professor of Health and Health Care, University of California- San Francisco (UCSF) and Director, Smoking Cessation Leadership Center 
  • Mark Hurst, M.D., Medical Director, Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services 

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