Tobacco-Free Town Hall for CBH Outpatient Providers
February 13, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
National data suggest that individuals with mental health conditions or substance use disorders are more than twice as likely to use tobacco than individuals without such conditions, and are more likely to die from tobacco-related illnesses than from their behavioral health conditions. A growing body of evidence suggests that recovery from tobacco use increases long-term drug recovery and improves psychiatric treatment outcomes, whereas continued tobacco use during substance use treatment increases the likelihood of substance use relapse and worsens psychiatric treatment outcomes. Tobacco-free policies in behavioral health settings have enormous potential to reduce tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases and improve recovery outcomes.
As such, and consistent with its vision to support wellness, resiliency, and overall recovery for all Philadelphians, CBH is committed to reducing tobacco-related disparities among Philadelphians with behavioral health conditions through the Tobacco Recovery and Wellness Initiative (TRWI). Since 2013, the TRWI has been closely collaborating with the inpatient and residential drug and alcohol treatment provider community to incorporate evidence-based tobacco use disorder treatment and tobacco-free treatment settings into their clinical and community practice. Effective Jan. 1, 2020, CBH will require that contracted outpatient providers create a policy which details:
Methods to screen CBH members for tobacco use disorder as part of their treatment
Plans for prescribing and assisting with Nicotine Replacement Therapy if it is relevant to treatment
Plans to change the treatment environment to assist Tobacco Use Recovery, in compliance with the Clean Indoor Air Worker Protection Law and city codes
Staff treatment and recovery options
A Provider Bulletin with details of this requirement is forthcoming.
CBH will host a Town Hall meeting for all outpatient providers on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at CBH, 801 Market Street, 11th Floor, Room 1154A, to discuss the anticipated changes, solicit feedback, share resources, and develop a strategy to transform CBH outpatient services into tobacco-free environments by Jan. 1, 2020.