Five States Selected to Participate in SAMHSA’s 2015 State Policy Academy on Tobacco Control and Behavioral Health

Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (SCLC) are pleased to announce the states selected to participate in SAMHSA’s 2015 State Policy Academy on Tobacco Control and Behavioral Health: Indiana, Kentucky, Montana, Ohio and Wyoming.

A collaboration between SAMHSA and SCLC, the Policy Academy provides an opportunity for state leaders to learn about the epidemic of tobacco use and behavioral health and what works to reduce prevalence; to understand a statewide collaborative process used to address tobacco use by those with a behavioral health disorder; and to prepare to convene a local State Leadership Academy for Wellness and Smoking Cessation.

States were selected after an application process which included a readiness survey, commitment from state leadership and representation from multiple state agencies including mental health, substance abuse, public health, tobacco control, and cancer control.

The 2015 Policy Academy will be held on June 18 and 19 at SAMHSA’s headquarters in Rockville, MD.

For more information about the Policy and Leadership Academies, visit: http://smokingcessationleadership.ucsf.edu/leadership-and-policy-academies