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.

Subscribe to our list for future opportunities. For technical assistance please contact (877) 509-3786 or [email protected]


Did you miss our Behavioral Health & Tobacco Use Statewide Training?

Check out the following recordings from the experts who presented at the breakout sessions:

  • Breakout Session A: Pharmacotherapy for tobacco cessation with Frank Vitale, National Director, Pharmacy Partnership for Tobacco Cessation; Clinical Assistant Professor, Purdue College of Pharmacy
  • Breakout Session B: Motivational Interviewing 101 with Jason Satterfield, PhD, Academy Endowed Chair for Innovation in Teaching, Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of California San Francisco

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Demonstrate one way to implement systems-change within the area of tobacco cessation
  • Develop a tobacco-free policy for the behavioral health community
  • Explain to providers two ways to successfully incorporate motivational interviewing techniques into tobacco assessments
  • Identify one way to effectively optimize nicotine replacement therapy and pharmacological supports
  • Identify and describe the new Assembly Bill 541 that requires all behavioral health agencies to screen and assist with tobacco use disorder

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Current Newsletter Feature

Four Years, Countless Journeys: SCLC's Jessica Safier Talks About Managing CABHWI

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Read what others have done successfully on their journeys to become tobacco-free.

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CA Tobacco Facts and Figures 2021

This report presents the most recently available data on tobacco use behavior, attitudes, and local tobacco control policies in the state. Read the report

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

FREE resources from our new social media campaign to promote the mental health benefits of cessation are available at

The CABHWI Tobacco-Free Toolkit is a helpful guide for taking your facility tobacco free in California complete with step-by-step recommendations and examples to help you get started.

In addition to offering free NRTs, Kick It California has a wealth of free resources for health care providers including videos.

We host regular webinars with CEU credits, free for CA providers. Check out what's coming up as well as webinar collections with free CME credits! California providers, please use code CADPH23 to access these collections webinars for free!

Check out our past webinars in the archive