May TRUST Commission Minutes

August 31, 2011

Click Here to see the minutes for the May meeting of the Tobacco, Revenue, Use and Tracking (TRUST) Commission.

BTCD Data Brief: Vol. 1, No. 8 – Emerging and Empowering Evaluation Design

August 26, 2011

BTCD Data Brief: Vol. 1, No. 8

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PDF available here: DB01_08_empowring eval design

BTCD Data Brief: Vol. 1, No. 7 – Baseline: Hypertension System of Care in Yuma County

August 19, 2011

BTCD Data Brief: Vol. 1, No. 7

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PDF available here: DB01_07_HTNsyscare

BTCD Data Brief: Vol. 1, No. 6 – Evaluating “The Experiment: Brought to you by Addiciton”

August 11, 2011

BTCD Data Brief: Vol. 1, No. 6

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PDF available here: DB01_06_addictionexp

Navajo smoking bill vetoed

August 8, 2011

FLAGSTAFF – Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly on Friday vetoed a smoking-regulation act passed last month by the tribal council, saying the measure doesn’t go far enough to protect the health of Navajos.

Tribal lawmakers voted July 20 to prohibit smoking in public places on the vast reservation with an exemption for tribal casinos. Under the bill, the Tribal Council could reconsider the casino exemption once gaming officials pay off their financing debts.

In a statement, Shelly said he overturned the council’s decision because “the passage of this legislation does not adequately address any given employees who are subjected to a smoking workplace environment.”

Shelly added that he was re-pledging his commitment to protect tribal members “from cancer or diseases caused by exposure to secondhand smoke or tobacco use.”

There was no immediate reaction Friday from Navajo Nation Council members on Shelly’s veto.

Some lawmakers see smoking or chewing tobacco as a personal right that shouldn’t be regulated by the tribal government and have argued that a ban would inhibit gaming revenue.

The legislation acknowledges the health effects of secondhand smoke, but its sponsor pointed to thousands of jobs casinos create through construction and permanent employment and touted it as a compromise. The Navajo Nation operates two casinos in New Mexico and has broken ground on what will be its largest facility east of Flagstaff. Read the rest of this entry »

BTCD Data Brief: Vol. 1, No. 5 – Coaching vs. Medication Only: Does behavioral support increase quit rates beyond medication alone?

August 5, 2011
BTCD Data Brief: Vol. 1, No. 5

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Smokers with serious mental illness die 30 years earlier than average state residents

August 3, 2011

Funds to aid Arizona’s mentally ill
‘Medical home’ program to provide physical-, behavioral-health care
by Mary K. Reinhart – Aug. 2, 2011
The Arizona Republic

Arizonans with serious mental illness die more than 30 years earlier than the average state resident, and the vast majority of those deaths are preventable, stemming from obesity, smoking, asthma and lack of regular medical care.

Now, state and county health officials are joining a national effort to save lives and money by coordinating physical- and mental-health care.

Gov. Jan Brewer today will announce an agreement between Maricopa County’s safety-net health-care system and Magellan Health Services, the county’s behavioral-health administrator, that will put traditional doctors in mental-health clinics to tackle the chronic physical health problems of people with serious mental illness.

The move dovetails with a state effort, supported by a $500,000 federal planning grant, to create an integrated “medical home” for people with serious mental illness enrolled in the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, the state’s Medicaid program. Read the rest of this entry »