Leadership and Policy Academies

State Leadership Academy for Wellness and Smoking Cessation

SAMHSA over the last several years has conducted a series of policy academies to help state, local, tribal, and federal entities to improve services to people with and at risk for substance use and mental health disorders. Similarly, SCLC has conducted dozens of summits to encourage various groups to help smokers quit. As part of the second and third phases of the ongoing SAMHSA-SCLC partnership to foster tobacco-free living in behavioral health settings, partners have combined elements of both approaches to create a plan for a series of state-level Leadership Academies for Wellness and Smoking Cessation.

The goal of the Leadership Academies is to create a state-wide collaboration among public health, tobacco control, mental health, and addiction treatment departments, who will be charged to produce an action plan to reduce smoking rates among behavioral health consumers and staff and foster smoke-free living.

18 states thus far have been selected and supported with technical assistance to design and conduct one- to two-day leadership academy summits that follow the Performance Partnership Model. The model answers four questions that serve as the backbone of a comprehensive action plan:

  • Where are we now? (Baseline)
  • Where do we want to be? (Target)
  • How do we get there? (Multiple Strategies)
  • How do we know we are getting there? (Evaluation)

State Summits

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Hawaii
  • Kansas 
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts 
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina 
  • Texas 

As the Initiative has grown our collaboration efforts have also expanded to support the next batch of leaders. If your state is interested in holding a state academy, please contact Christine Cheng, Partner Relations Director.

To learn more about the state summit model, please view the toolkit Enhance Your State's Tobacco Cessation Efforts Among the Behavioral Health Population.

The AJPH article, "From the Sidelines to the Frontline: How the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Embraced Smoking Cessationis another resource to help understand the academies.

SCLC is proud to be named the first SAMHSA Center of Excellence for Tobacco Free Recovery. 

State Policy Academy on Tobacco Control and Behavioral Health

The Policy Academy aims to further educate state leaders about the epidemic of tobacco use and behavioral health, and to provide statewide collaboration that addresses tobacco use by those with mental and substance use disorders. Ultimately, the Academy strives to prepare states to convene a local State Leadership Academy for Wellness and Smoking Cessation.

During the Academy, state leaders worked collaboratively to identify prospective solutions tailored to their specific state populations that will work to reduce the prevalence of tobacco use. Each state created an action plan that included baseline and target measures, assigned roles for implementation, community outreach efforts, and identified potential partners and stakeholders to implement a successful local effort.

2014 Policy Academy

  • Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and West Virginia

2015 Policy Academy

  • Indiana, Kentucky, Montana, Ohio, and Wyoming