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  • Tobacco Recovery Mini-grants
    BHCS is pleased to be offering eight Tobacco Recovery mini-grants to BHCS contracted providers in order to assist providers in helping consumers quit or cut down on smoking. This year, BHCS is especially encouraging agencies that have not yet implemented widespread Tobacco Policies and/or comprehensive tobacco treatment interventions to apply so these programs can assist their consumers to quit smoking. In that vein, BHCS intends to award six mini-grants to agencies that have not been recipients of Tobacco Treatment Intervention mini-grants in the past. Two mini-grants will go to agencies that have been prior recipients of these awards. BHCS reserves the right to change this ratio based on the makeup of the agencies that apply for the mini-grants. Grant applications are due on Nov. 18, 2016 at 5:00 pm.
    If you have questions or would like more information about these mini-grants, contact Julie Mills at 510-639-1325 or
    View Announcement
    Tobacco Recovery Mini-grant Application
  • New  Nicotine Gum and Lozenge now covered by Medi-Cal.
    Nicotine Gum and Lozenge now covered by Medi-Cal without a Treatment Authorization Request (TAR).
    See coverage in this Memo.
  • Tobacco-Free Toolkit for Community Health Facilities
    This great new toolkit was collaboratively developed by The Smoking Cessation Leadership Center at UCSF; the University of Colorado Behavioral Health and Wellness Program (Chad Morris, PhD); and the Los Angeles County Public Health Tobacco Control and Prevention Program. It was developed for a broad continuum of public health care organizations, treatment facilities, particularly those organizations serving persons with mental illness and addictions. The materials are intended as tools for administrators, clinicians and support staff who are considering implementing tobacco-free policies in their settings. This is an excellent toolkit that can also provide some tips if your agency is implementing the BHCS Tobacco Policies and Consumer Treatment Protocols (2011), which can be viewed under the ACBHCS Tobacco Treatment and Resource tab.
    Tobacco-Free Toolkit for Community Health Facilities
  • CVS Pharmacies to QUIT for Good.
    By Oct. 1, 2014, CVS Pharmacies nationwide will QUIT selling tobacco products in favor of honoring their commitment of promoting health and wellbeing.
    View Article
  • Electronic Cigarette Fact Sheet – Answers to Some Frequently Asked Questions
  • CHOICES newsletter October 2013.
    This is an excellent nationally distributed newsletter published by mental health consumers. This issue contains a lot about tobacco-use including: the addiction of pairing tobacco and caffeine, about nicotine replacement products, and there’s even art and a poem by one man, that came out of his experience quitting smoking.
    View Newsletter
  • NAMI – (National Alliance on Mental Illness), 2013 Policy Statement for Quality Monitoring, Accountability and Accreditation provides a very comprehensive Section 8.3 on Tobacco Addition, which refers to rationale and the necessity of addressing and treating tobacco dependence.
    View Policy
  • World Health Organization (WHO) answers questions about e-cigarettes
    View Statement
  • Informational Document Regarding Electronic Cigarettes
    Please read the new BHCS statement regarding E-Cigarettes.
    View Statement
  • Terrific Tobacco Cessation Video. Canadian physician, Dr. Mike Evans, explores what works and what doesn’t work when thinking about quitting smoking. Utilizing clever animated magic marker drawings, Dr. Evans goes through the whole process of quitting smoking. He covers everything, including behavioral changes and medications. This is a great 12-15 min. video program that’s very educational and engaging. Show it to your clients and smoking cessation groups. (Produced through funding provided by Health Canada).
  • Adult Smoking and Mental Illness: This excellent audio conference was produced by the CDC Town Hall Teleconference program to address the importance of making tobacco-use screening an important ‘Vital Sign’ in mental health treatment programs. It aired Feb. 12: Clink on the link to go to the CDC Town Hall home page to listen.
  • The CA Smokers Helpline – TobaccoFreeCA website – has several very short videos available that feature cartoon characters struggling to quit smoking while they learn tools for success. These excellent, fun videos can be shown as ‘ice breakers’ when you counsel clients in your office, or show to your cessation groups. Check them out. Click on this link and go to the QUIT tab.
  • The Smoking Cessation Leadership Center at UCSF is also an excellent source for viewing upcoming and past webinars. You can register and join on the day, OR you can view them later after they’re posted on the SCLC website. Here’s the link.
  • Alameda County Health PAC formulary includes up to 28 weeks of nicotine patch per year!