Craving Change: Implementing Tobacco Free Policies in Behavioral Health

90 Minutes

Mary Colleran

MSW Chief Operations Officer

Mary Colleran, MSW
Chief Operations Officer
Mary Colleran became Chief Operations Officer in 2013 after serving as the Director of Grants and Special Projects and Grants Manager since January 2010. Mary is responsible for the development and oversight of Trilogy’s federal and municipal grants, evaluation, quality assurance, and research efforts. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Saint Joseph’s University in 1995, Mary began her career working with a variety of populations in the non-profit sector, including women fleeing domestic violence, homeless families and isolated elderly. Mary received her Masters in Social Work, with a focus on Program Management, from Boston University in 2001. Mary has over ten years experience in nonprofit development and management. In addition, Mary has conducted trainings and lectures on Grant Writing and Program Evaluation.

Sara Gotheridge

MD, Chief Medical Officer, Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. (Illinois)

Sara Gotheridge, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Gotheridge joined the Trilogy team in 2003 in the Psychiatric Services Department and became the agency’s Medical Director in 2007. In addition to managing a private practice, Dr. Gotheridge provides psychiatric consultation and oversight of Trilogy’s Psychiatric Services Department. She also provides direct supervision of Trilogy’s Medical Services Coordinator and the Integrated Healthcare Program as a whole. Dr. Gotheridge is a Board Certified psychiatrist who received her medical training from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She has taught and lectured at Northwestern University and throughout Chicago.

Sherry McCabe

Project Manager with the King County Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division in King County, Washington

Sherry McCabe has worked as a Project Manager with the King County Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division in King County, Washington, for the past 5 years. She recently managed the implementation of a Public Health Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant to integrate tobacco treatment into the clinical care provided by publicly‐funded mental health and substance use treatment agencies within the King County provider network. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Health Practice and is expected to graduate in December.

Alicia D. Smith

MPH, Project Manager, Tobacco Prevention Programs, CADCA

Alicia D. Smith, MPH, CPH serves as CADCA’s Program Manager for CDC Community Transformation Dissemination Grant Program awarded to strategically disseminate evidence-based practices related to tobacco-free living within CADCA’s coalition affiliates and national partner network. As such, she manages the overall implementation of the grant and is responsible for keeping key stakeholders engaged throughout the grant’s lifecycle with the support from the Communications Department. Additionally, Ms. Smith provides expertise on all tobacco prevention efforts, including CADCA’s Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President’s grant awarded to effectively engage community coalitions around tobacco prevention and smoking cessation particularly among at-risk and vulnerable populations. Ms. Smith provides tobacco prevention and cessation editorial pieces for the Strategizer and Coalitions Online, a weekly electronic newsletter subscribed to by 13,000 persons.

Ms. Smith comes to CADCA from a strong background in tobacco prevention out of the state of Oklahoma. While in Oklahoma, she worked as the Outreach Coordinator, Campaign Manager and Communications Liaison for her department at the Oklahoma City-County Health Department. Ms. Smith worked closely with the Oklahoma County Tobacco Use Prevention Coalition, American Lung Association Oklahoma City Chapter, Oklahoma Asthma Initiative, Oklahoma Campus Wellness Coalition, Oklahoma local Chambers of Commerce, Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign, Oklahoma Public Health Association, Expressions (LGBT) Community and several faith-based organizations. As the outreach coordinator, Ms. Smith’s primary responsibilities included: promoting the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline through mass and local media, recruiting nontraditional partners to work with the Oklahoma County Tobacco Use Prevention Coalition and move indicators related to tobacco use prevention, establish tobacco-free worksite policies at local businesses in Oklahoma County, develop and deliver evidence-based presentations to key and at-risk populations and expose the deceptive marketing practices of the tobacco industry through various outlets. Ms. Smith has spent an extensive amount of time researching the tobacco industry’s marketing practices and the harmful effects of tobacco use. She graduated with Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications, advertising and minored in Business Administration, marketing from the University of Oklahoma. She later received her Master in Public Health degree focusing on Health Administration and Policy from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Ms. Smith recently received a post-graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management from Marymount University in Virginia.

Mohini Venkatesh

MPH, Senior Director, Public Policy, National Council for Behavioral Health

At the National Council for Behavioral Health, Mohini Venkatesh conducts systems‐level policy analysis and is the staff policy liaison to the National Council’s network of associations nationwide. In this role, she performs Federal legislative analysis on health reform and other policy issues, and manages several leadership and quality improvement initiatives including learning communities on Addressing Health Disparities, Psychiatric Leadership, and delivery system reform. Ms. Venkatesh currently serves as the Project Director for a CDC‐funded grant aimed at enhancing the capacity of community mental health organizations (CMHOs) to provide CDC‐recommended health interventions to reduce obesity and tobacco use. She also oversees the “Tobacco Recovery and Wellness for the Behavioral Health Community” project, a collaborative effort between the University of Colorado’s Behavioral Health and Wellness Program and the National Council, with support from the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center and Pfizer. Before relocating to the Washington DC area, Ms. Venkatesh worked in an inpatient psychiatric unit in a general hospital in Massachusetts. She also worked in several social service non-profit organizations, including a state association advocating for community behavioral health services. Ms. Venkatesh received her Master of Public Health at Yale University.

Paul Zemann

Health Educator, Public Health – Seattle & King County, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Division (Washington)

Name (s) & Degree/Experience:
Paul Zemann Degree from University of Washington
Over 20 years in Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention
Agency Name:
Public Health - Seattle & King County
Address: 401 5th Ave, Seattle, Wa 98104
Phone & Fax: 206-263-8269
E-mail: [email protected]

Biographical Sketch:
Paul Zemann is a Health Educator/Consultant for Public Health-Seattle & King County. For over two decades he has worked to effect system change throughout the health care system in Seattle, King County and Washington State by strategically promoting the implementation of Health and Human Services Guidelines for Treating Nicotine Addiction. Much of that work has included promoting tobacco free provider policy and providing technical assistance to sites making those changes. Paul has trained and taught at a variety of locations throughout the state -.including hospitals, primary care & family planning clinics, dental clinics, and colleges and universities. The bulk of his current work is dedicated to promoting smoke free policy and comprehensive treatment of nicotine addiction in chemical dependency and mental health. In addition to his work on tobacco prevention and treatment, Paul is working on the development and implementation of regulations of legal marijuana in Washington State.

Webinar Objectives
  • Provide an overview of tobacco use among behavioral health populations and the case for tobacco cessation

  • Compare and contrast two examples of policy implementation strategies from King County, Washington and Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare, Illinois

  • Identify available resources to help behavioral health consumers quit tobacco