CA Behavioral Health & Wellness Initiative

California Behavioral Health & Wellness Initiative

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.

For technical assistance please contact (877) 509-3786 or [email protected].
Past Trainings

Our third "Community of Practice" collaborative quarterly call allowed for the opportunity to interact with and learn from your fellow cohort members.  Robin Corelli, PharmD, Professor of Clinical

SCLC co-hosted a Behavioral Health Regional Training with San Mateo County on June 12, 2019.

SCLC hosted an Advisory Council Meeting for the California Behavioral Health and Wellness Initiative (CABHWI) on May 22, 2019.

Our Webinar Series

June Webinar: Tobacco Free Policies and Interventions in Behavioral Health Care Settings

This webinar discussed how to identify proven steps toward bringing a behavioral health care facility tobacco free and how to effectively enforce a tobacco free grounds policy. Speakers included Chad Morris, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado- School of Medicine, and Director of the Behavioral Health & Wellness Program and Tim Stacey, LPC-S, Integrated Care Systems Program Manager at Integral Care, the Local Mental Health Authority in Austin, TX.

Listen to the recording here.

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.

View more information and register for upcoming webinars