Clinician Assisted Tobacco Cessation Curriculum
A comprehensive tobacco cessation education tool that provides not only clinicians and students, but also clinical staff, and peers with the knowledge and skills necessary to offer comprehensive tobacco cessation counseling to patients, clients and consumers who use tobacco. It covers information about the epidemiology of tobacco use, pharmacotherapy, and brief behavioral interventions.

The following versions are also available:

    • The 5 A’s
    • Ask-Advise-Refer
    • Psychiatry
    • Cancer Care Providers
    • Cardiology Providers
    • Mental Health Peer Counselors
    • Surgical Providers


Behavioral Health Care Provider and Peer Consumer training

The Behavioral Health and Wellness Program (BHWP) conducts training and education for healthcare providers (primary care, behavioral health, and psychiatry residents) and Peer Consumers (people with mental illnesses and/or substance use disorders) regarding wellness initiatives for persons with behavioral health issues. Multiple training curricula have been developed to address the role of wellness in recovery, integrating wellness into behavioral health treatment, and the unique needs of this population. For more information on the provider training or the Peer-to-Peer training, please contact: Mandy Graves May, MPH Director of Training and Outreach (303) 724-3713 or visit


Counseling Points - Treating Tobacco Dependence in Persons with Mental Illness.

The Counseling Points program Breaking Barriers and Implementing Change is designed to build nurses' knowledge of tobacco dependence interventions and the issues around integrating these interventions into clinical practice, with attention to the integral role that nurses play in lowering the rates of tobacco use and promoting health in persons with mental illness and/or substance use disorders. The Significance of Tobacco Dependence in Persons with Mental Illness is part 1 of the 3-part series. Published and mailed to American Psychiatric Nurses Association members in July 2010, this training is now available for a small fee to non-members online!


Provider Training and Resources

from the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), Tobacco Independence: Freedom from a deadly addiction


CHOICES: Consumers Helping Others Improve Their Condition by Ending Smoking

CHOICES is an exciting consumer-driven program for smokers with mental illness in New Jersey. Our goal is to increase awareness of the importance of addressing tobacco use and to create a strong peer support network that encourages mental health consumers to make a positive healthy lifestyle change by addressing smoking and tobacco use.

CHOICES is innovative because it employs mental health consumers, called Consumer Tobacco Advocates, to deliver the vital message to smokers with mental illness that addressing tobacco is important and to motivate them to seek treatment. The Consumer Tobacco Advocates provide their peers with information about the consequences of smoking, issues regarding smoking and mental illness, and options available to make quitting easier. They visit mental health centers, self-help centers and health fairs to communicate with and educate consumers about their smoking. They also provide resources about places in New Jersey where smokers with mental illness can receive tobacco dependence treatment.

As the Consumer Tobacco Advocates increase awareness among consumers about the relationship between smoking and their overall wellness, many consumers have come to terms with their desire to quit. Their clear message about the need for tobacco-cessation services and treatments will drive public policy on this issue more than any other force.


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