California Behavioral Health & Wellness Initiative


In California, the smoking rate is 11%, however, 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, pronounced "cabby") will help create equal access to cessation services for all smokers in the state, specifically those with a behavioral health condition (mental health diagnosis or substance use disorder).

Through this initiative, UCSF's Smoking Cessation Leadership Center provides customized, technical assistance, and social marketing for behavioral health agencies, providers, and the clients they serve throughout California.

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Did you miss our Behavioral Health Statewide Training?

Attendees learned how to:

  • Advance tobacco-free policies within the behavioral health community
  • Encourage systems-change within the area of tobacco cessation
  • Further train providers to successfully incorporate motivational interviewing techniques into tobacco assessments
  • Explain how to effectively optimize nicotine replacement therapy and pharmacological supports

Listen to the recorded breakout sessions here:


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CA Dept. of Health: 30 years of Tobacco Control Efforts

The California Department of Health has released a video chronicling 30 years of Tobacco Control efforts. Watch it here

Senate Bill

Governor Newsom Signs AB-541

This bill requires a licensed facility or a certified program to assess a patient or client for use of all tobacco products at the time of the initial intake and take certain actions if the patient or client has tobacco use disorder. Read more

Resources For CA Providers

Check out all the resources FREE for use on your organization's website and social media channels at
The 2020 version of the CABHWI Tobacco-Free toolkit is now available. This resource is a guide for behavioral health agencies to use in adopting a tobacco-free policy for their facilities and campuses. It provides information on tobacco use among the behavioral health population, as well as a step-by-step guide to becoming a tobacco-free facility and treating tobacco use in clients and staff. This toolkit also suggests ways of incorporating a larger program of wellness that not only supports smoking cessation, but improves overall health. Download the CABHWI Toolkit.
Soon to be KickItCalifornia, the California Smokers' Helpline (1-800-NO-BUTTS) offers a free two-week starter kit of nicotine patches to eligible smokers.

Webinar Collections

Webinar Collections are also available for credit so that you can learn at your own pace
Check out our past webinars here