What Works: Developing Effective Partnerships to Treat Tobacco Addiction in Behavioral Health Settings

90 minutes

Christian Barnes-Young, MS, LPC

Assistant Deputy Director, Division of Community Mental Health Services, South Carolina Department of Mental Health

Christian Barnes-Young is the Assistant Deputy Director of Community Mental Health Services at the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH). In this role, he oversees many statewide programs, including Housing and Homeless Programs, School Mental Health, Community Crisis Programs, Employment Services, Trauma-Related Training Programs, and Co-Occurring Services. Prior to serving as the Assistant Deputy Director, Mr. Barnes-Young was the Executive Director of Tri-County Community Mental Health Center—one of SCDMH’s 16 community mental health centers.

Mr. Barnes-Young earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Coastal Carolina University and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Francis Marion University. He is a licensed professional counselor in South Carolina and certified in primary behavioral health care integration by the University of Massachusetts, School of Medicine. Prior to joining SCDMH, Mr. Barnes-Young worked as a master’s-level psychologist with the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. He also held positions at the South Carolina’s Governor’s Office: Continuum of Care for Severely Emotionally Disturbed Children.

Heath Holt Hayes, MA

Chief Communications Officer, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Heath Holt Hayes resides in Oklahoma City and serves as the Chief Communications Officer for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Heath’s responsibilities are focused on leading a cross-functional team engaged with strategic initiatives that include policy implementation, program development, and service delivery, as well as community organizing, governmental affairs, and public relations. Heath is a nationally recognized leader helping others embrace lived experience with mental health and has successfully integrated recovery-oriented, holistic, and person-driven continuums of care at the local, state, and national levels.

In addition, Heath is a member of the American Psychiatric Association’s Policy Advisory Board, Co-Chairs the National Association State Mental Health Program Directors’ Division of Recovery Support Services and is alumni of the National Council for Behavioral Health’s Addressing Health Disparities Leadership program. Heath received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma and several graduate degrees from the University of Oklahoma in Human Relations, Administrative Leadership, and a Women’s and Gender Studies.

Regina Smith, MS

Director of Health Systems and Tobacco Cessation, Indiana Department of Health

Regina F. Smith is a well-rounded administrator with experience spanning multiple systems to include public health, child welfare, non-profits, behavioral health, and healthcare systems. In her current role as Director of Health Systems and Tobacco Cessation with the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Division at Indiana Department of Health (IDOH), Regina oversees the health systems change strategies for the state to include the health system change grants, forming state agency partnerships and the Indiana Tobacco Free Recovery Leadership Academy. In addition, Regina provides oversight of the Indiana Tobacco Quitline (ITQL) program services. In a previous role, Regina was the Integrated Healthcare State Director for the Division of Mental Health and Addiction where she designed and implemented the state’s integrated care model. Regina has presented nationally on integrated care and served as the lead facilitator for stakeholder meetings and workgroups. She holds a Master of Science degree in Community Psychology from Martin University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Studies from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Webinar Objectives
  • Describe two novel ways to develop key partnerships (Division of Mental Health and Addiction, Indiana Medicaid and Managed Care Entities) that will help move health systems change forward, expand reach and increase access toward tobacco treatment and recovery.
  • Identify two challenges faced by a statewide system of Community Mental Health Centers as they transitioned to becoming tobacco free facilities.
  • Explain two ways that nicotine replacement therapies have been implemented in tobacco recovery services by Community Mental Health Centers.
  • Describe two methods in Oklahoma’s approach to integrating tobacco cessation across a behavioral health system.
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The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

UCSF designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the webinar activity.

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California Psychologists: The California Board of Psychology recognizes and accepts for continuing education credit courses that are provided by entities approved by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM is acceptable to meeting the CE requirements for the California Board of Psychology. Providers in other states should check with their state boards for acceptance of CME credit.

California Behavioral Science Professionals: University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for behavioral health providers. UCSF maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Course meets the qualifications for 1.50 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Provider # 64239.


The UCSF office of continuing medical education is accredited by the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP), to provide continuing education credit for California addiction counselors. UCSF designates this live, virtual activity, for a maximum of 1.50 CCAPP credits. Addiction counselors should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Provider number: 7-20-322-0722.


This UCSF CME activity was planned and developed to uphold academic standards to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor; adhere to requirements to protect health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA); and include a mechanism to inform learners when unapproved or unlabeled uses of therapeutic products or agents are discussed or referenced.

All speakers, planning committee members and reviewers have disclosed they have no relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Christian Barnes-Young, MS, LPC, Anita Browning, Christine Cheng, Brian Clark, Heath Holt Hayes, MA, Jennifer Matekuare, Ma Krisanta Pamatmat, MPH, Jessica Safier, MA, Catherine Saucedo, Steven A. Schroeder, MD, Regina F. Smith, MS, and Aria Yow, MA.

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