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

Journey to a Tobacco-free Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC): A Conversation, co-hosted with NBHN


Mary Pat Angelini, MPA

CEO, Preferred Behavioral Health Group

Mary Pat Angelini is CEO of Preferred Behavioral Health Group since 2013. Prior to her current role at PBHG, she served as Executive Director of Prevention First since 1992. Both non-profits have been the recipient of many awards under her leadership. Mary Pat served in NJ’s General Assembly from 2008-2016 as Deputy Conference Leader and ranking member of the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee as well as the Assembly Human Services Committee. While in the Legislature, Ms. Angelini sponsored legislation to improve the conditions at state psychiatric hospitals, and to address underage drinking and drug abuse. Mary Pat has received numerous awards over her career including NJAMHAA’s “Legislative Champion for Improving Treatment” and was chosen by the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County to receive the “Tony Dowling Child Advocacy” Award. Most recently she was named by NJBIZ as “Best 50 Women in Business”. Mary Pat earned a Bachelor of Social Welfare from East Tennessee State University and a Master of Public Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is a Certified Prevention Specialist.

Jack Todd Wahrenberger MD MPH

Chief Medical Officer at Pittsburgh Mercy Health System

Jack Todd Wahrenberger is a Family Practice physician who works in Pittsburgh, Pa. as the Chief Medical Officer at the Pittsburgh Mercy Health System. He studied Medicine and Public Health at the University Of Pittsburgh School of Medicine where he obtained an MD and MPH degree. Dr. Wahrenberger co-founded the North Side Christian Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center that serves uninsured and underserved persons in the inner city of Pittsburgh. He served as the Medical Director of this FQHC for 16 years. In 2012, Dr. Wahrenberger joined Pittsburgh Mercy Health System to start a fully integrated primary care clinic that serves as the medical and mental health home for over 5,000 individuals as part of SAMHSA’s PBHCI grant program. In 2017, Dr. Wahrenberger became the Chief Medical Officer and oversees a medical staff consisting of 15 Psychiatrist, 8 CRNP’s and 5 Primary Care Providers. Pittsburgh Mercy is a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic, which provides a wide array of services including 4 ACT teams, a crisis center, partial hospitalization programs, adult, child and adolescent outpatient mental health, outpatient primary care, street medicine, as well as services for those with intellectual disabilities. Dr. Wahrenberger also serves on the Medical Director Institute at the National Council for Behavioral Health.

Clement Nsiah, Ph.D., M.S

Project Director Practice Improvement and Consulting at the National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Clement Nsiah, Ph.D., M.S., is the Director of the CCBHC-E National Training and Technical Assistance Center. He joined the National Council from BestSelf Behavioral Health where he led the agency’s Population Health and Evaluation team. At BestSelf, Dr. Nsiah oversaw the agency’s population health initiatives and projects implemented to improve the health outcomes of patients who visited the agency’s community-based clubhouses and clinics. Dr. Nsiah also served as a member and advisor to the agency’s Quality Improvement department. Over the years, Dr. Nsiah’s primary focus has been on leading the execution and performance monitoring of population health strategies and clinical priorities. He has partnered with healthcare leaders to improve health outcomes and contribute to sustainable medical cost trends through access to safe and effective healthcare. Throughout his career, Dr. Nsiah has authored several manuscripts and continues to focus on his doctoral research study of health insurance's impact on successful tobacco cessation outcomes.

Hope Rothenberg

Project Manager, Practice Improvement and Consulting at the National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Hope Rothenberg currently serves as Project Manager, Practice Improvement and Consulting at the National Council for Mental Wellbeing. In this role, Hope leads project activities for CDC-funded initiatives including the National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco & Cancer Control (NBHN) which is 1 of 8 CDC National Networks committed to eliminating tobacco and cancer-related disparities and advancing health equity. In 2019, she graduated magna cum laude from the George Washington University with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Public Health and a major in psychology. Prior to her role at the National Council, she served as the Coordinator of Education at the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, where she provided technical assistance to international healthcare philanthropists. Hope has extensive experience in event coordination and project management and is passionate about improving access to and quality of mental health and substance use treatment services.

Webinar Objectives

  1. Describe the continuum of comprehensive tobacco control efforts in CCBHCs
  2. Explain the three reasons for tobacco–free Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs)
  3. Identify two insights and strategies to implement tobacco–free policies

Upcoming Webinars

E-cigarettes and Novel Tobacco Products: Use and Cessation, co-hosted by ATTUD


Pamela M. Ling, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, University of California, San Francisco

Pam Ling is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education. Her research is on tobacco, media, and social marketing with an emphasis on young people. She focuses on understanding how tobacco marketing encourages youth and young adults to initiate tobacco use, and counter-engineering these strategies to improve tobacco control programs. She conducts research on marketing of smokeless tobacco products and other new and alternative tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes. The goal of this work is to use market research strategies to improve clinical, policy, and public health interventions. She also directs the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Training Program and sees patients as a primary care provider.

Michael Steinberg, MD, MPH, FACP

Professor and Chief Division of General Internal Medicine Vice-Chair for Clinical Research Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Medical Director; Rutgers Center for Tobacco Studies

Dr. Michael Steinberg is Professor and Chief in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Medical Director of the Rutgers Center for Tobacco Studies. His ongoing efforts include NCI-funded research on tobacco use behaviors, treatment, and physician communication regarding e-cigarettes. He also coordinates the 11 New Jersey tobacco Quitcenters, is project lead for the NCI C3I tobacco initiative at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and directs the Screen NJ Lung Cancer Screening program.

Webinar Objectives

  1. Interpret understanding of the changing landscape of tobacco and nicotine products when assessing patients
  2. Assess the latest evidence on e-cigarette safety, health impact and cessation efficacy
  3. Describe the unique aspects in assessing use behaviors and nicotine dependence for ENDS users
  4. Develop evidence-based strategies to assist with cessation of ENDS themselves for dependent users