You Are Invited!

The California Department of Public Health California Tobacco Control Program, Pajaro Valley Prevention and Santa Cruz County Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services invite you to attend A FREE one-day training event entitled, A Strategic Approach to Tobacco Recovery in Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Programs. It will be held Thursday, June 21, 2012 at the Civic Plaza Community Room in Watsonville. (Breakfast & lunch will be provided.)

Who should attend?

All those who provide treatment, care, and/or support for persons living with mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders – including but not limited to:

  • Behavioral health program administrators, board members, and other key policy makers
  • Drug, alcohol, and mental health treatment providers and counselors
  • Housing providers including residential treatment, transitional, and board & care
  • Health care providers

The training is designed to:

  • Advance smoke-free policies with mental health and substance abuse facilities.
  • Provide information on special cessation needs and opportunities for cessation among persons with mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders.
  • Make system changes in the treatment of nicotine dependence within the mental health and substance abuse treatment fields.
  • Create successful working partnerships between county-level tobacco control and mental health programs to achieve sustainable outcomes.

This training will also target the creation of partnerships between governmental and non-governmental organizations that set policy, articulate standards, and influence the culture and practice of treatment.  

Keynote speaker:

Chad Morris, PhD, Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and Director of both the Behavioral Health & Wellness Program and Wellness Leadership Institute. Dr. Morris is the principal investigator of many studies exploring the effectiveness of psychosocial and pharmacologic tobacco cessation for persons with behavioral health conditions across the age range. Dr. Morris has provided policy and programmatic consultation across 25 states, as well as internationally. He currently sits on the American Psychological Association Council of Representatives, as well as Boards of the North American Quit line Consortium and Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence.

Guest speakers:

  • Elisa Laird-Metke, ChangeLab Solutions
  • Vanessa Marvin, The Center for Policy & Organizing
  • Kirsten Hansen, The Center for Tobacco Cessation/California Smokers’ Helpline

Six hours of Continuing Education credit have been approved for this training; please visit the Continuing Education Units page for more information.

We look forward to your participation!