Mental Illness Cessation Services Increased

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has increased the priority of cessation services for those with mental illness this year based on alarming data reviews. The data indicates nearly half of all cigarettes in the US are purchased by a person with a mental illness and people diagnosed with a chronic mental illness have a 25 year reduction in life expectancy. More quitlines are reporting an increase in callers with mental health concerns and the North American Quitline Consortium has also highlighted increasing services for those with mental illness in the next few years.

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One Response to Mental Illness Cessation Services Increased

  1. Wayne Tormala says:

    As an added note of interest, this is an exciting new front here at ADHS as the Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease is embarking on a collaboration with the Division of Behavioral Health Services to integrate tobacco cessation efforts into the behavioral health system.

    Nationally, the tobacco prevalence among people with mental illness is five times the Arizona prevalence, and the prevalence among behavioral health providers is more than double the rate. We estimate that there are over 100,000 tobacco users who are enrolled in the state behavioral health system, and it’s exciting to know that our colleagues in behavioral health are eager to explore ways we can work together to improve the health and life spans of the people they serve.

    We’ve examined some notable case studies and lessons learned (e.g. Colorado, New York, Indiana, and Wisconsin), and are preparing to embark on a course of action that will identify some pilot programs that build on the interest and existing pathways of the behavioral health system.

    We’ll be reporting on further developments of this initiative in the coming months and invite your comments and whatever experience you bring to this challenging, but very inspired and critical work.

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