The total smoking rate has declined in the United States in recent years. However, it remains high among special populations, including those with mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders. Interagency collaborations are needed to tackle smoking among underserved populations, and they include the collaboration of clinical, governmental and advocacy agencies. The Smoking Cessation Leadership Center at the University of California, San Francisco, has been working collaboratively with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to hold leadership academies in 15 different states. In addition, the center has worked with clinical organizations such as the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Psychological Association, advocacy groups such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and consortiums such as the National Council for Behavioral Health to accomplish those goals. For more information click here.
Making Smoking Cessation Work for People with Mental Illnesses and Other Special Populations