In California, the smoking rate is 11%, however, the behavioral health population is disproportionately affected. The smoking rate among those with poor mental health is 19.4%, almost double the rate of the general population.
The California Behavioral Health and Wellness Initiative (CABHWI) will help create equal access to cessation services for all smokers in California, specifically those with a behavioral health condition.
Through this initiative, UCSF's Smoking Cessation Leadership Center will provide in-person training, customized virtual training and education through webinars, technical assistance, and social marketing targeting behavioral health agencies, providers, and the clients they serve throughout the state of California.
Special note for our CA healthcare providers: As we are starting a new venture in CA helping behavioral health organizations go tobacco-free, we are providing FREE CME/CEUs for all eligible CA providers! Click below to see full details.