SCLC's webinar series is integral to the technical assistance provided by the SCLC. Nationally recognized smoking cessation experts offer the latest information related to smoking cessation (including effective interventions) for the general and the behavioral health populations.

The Goals of SCLC’s Webinar Series:

  • Provide training and technical assistance to raise awareness of the many benefits smoking cessation efforts and to increase understanding of effective smoking cessation strategies.
  • Implement or enhance existing tobacco cessation services using evidence-based practices.
  • Ensure that consumers and staff have access to smoking cessation services and support to promote health and wellness.
  • Establish partnerships between behavioral health and nicotine cessation organizations to increase available tobacco cessation resources in communities. 

SCLC has over 100 webinars covering the latest topics on tobacco addiction and recovery


Current Webinars

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


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.

Upcoming Webinars

Enhancing Recovery by Addressing Smoking During Addiction Treatment, co-hosted by the American Society of Addiction Medicine


Brian Hurley, MD, MBA, DFASAM

President-Elect, American Society of Addiction Medicine, Medical Director, LA County Department of Public Health’s Substance Abuse Prevention and Control, and, Volunteer Assistant Clinical Professor of Addiction Medicine,UCLA

Brian Hurley, MD, MBA, DFASAM is an addiction physician and the Medical Director of the Division of Substance Abuse Prevention and Control in the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. He is the President-Elect of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and gives presentations around the world regarding addiction medicine. He co-chairs the SafeMedLA Medications for Addiction Treatment Action Team and is the Clinical Director of the Addiction Treatment Starts Here program through the Center for Clinical Innovation, focused on increasing the delivery of medications for addiction treatment in California’s community health centers. He is a senior researcher at the Friends Research Institute and is a primary investigator on a Tobacco Related Disease Prevention Program-funded project integrating smoking cessation services into community mental health centers and patient-centered medical homes and is the grant lead for three Medications for Addiction Treatment Access Points projects funded by the Sierra Health Foundation supporting access to medications for addiction treatment across Los Angeles County. He is also a co-investigator for several Rand Corporation projects evaluating the integration of substance use disorder and mental health treatment within community health settings.

Webinar Objectives

  1. Recognize two disparities in the prevalence of tobacco use disorder experienced by people with other addictions as compared with the general population.
  2. Explain one way recovery from tobacco use disorder enhances recovery from other addictions.
  3. Identify and implement three best practices for treating tobacco use disorder in addiction treatment settings.
  4. Explain how one tobacco-free campus policy can improve clinical outcomes and improve the health of individuals in addiction treatment settings.