Addressing Tobacco in Co-Occuring Conditions


90 Minutes

Webinar Speakers

Cathy McDonald, MD, MPH

Cathy McDonald, MD, MPH is the Project Director for the Alameda County Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Provider Network funded by the Alameda County Tobacco Control Coalition thru Tobacco Settlement Funds.

She is a pediatrician and medical consultant at Thunder Road Adolescent Drug Treatment Program a tobacco-free therapeutic community for teens. She has 16 years of experience working in Alameda County Tobacco Control efforts, 13 years as ATOD Project Director, directing the program, developing evidence-based training curricula, providing evidence-based technical assistance, and serving as the lead trainer.

She has provided tobacco training and technical assistance for over 2000 staff in over 80 substance abuse and mental health agencies in the Bay Area. The ATOD Provider Network works collaboratively with Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services and has been funded by this agency since 2008.

She is a certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist and has led cessation groups for adults and youth in the past and provides one on one tobacco counseling. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. The Project staff consulted on the new Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Provider Tobacco Policies and Consumer Treatment Protocols. The network has contributed to changing the cultural norms and helped shift attitudes and behaviors around addressing tobacco in clinical treatment settings in Alameda County and many other Bay Area and N.CA counties.

She works collaboratively with Judy Gerard who has been the Project Manager for the ATOD Provider Network since its inception in 1998.

Webinar Objectives
  • This webinar will address smoke-free policies in behavioral health settings, techniques for helping staff and consumers quit smoking, and key steps for integrating cessation into county-wide behavioral health programs including co-occurring initiatives.