Training & Technical Assistance

BHCS Tobacco Dependence Treatment Program - provides Clinical Staff Training and Technical Assistance
To support our providers to integrate tobacco dependence treatment into their programs, BHCS has contracted the services of Cathy McDonald, MD, MPH, a tobacco dependence treatment specialist, and Program Manager, Patricia Sanchez, MPH,, staff of the Alameda County Provider Network for Tobacco Dependence Treatment and Cessation, based at Thunder Road Adolescent Treatment Center, a member of Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and Sutter Health. The Network staff conduct on-going evidence-based clinical skill-building trainings on how to address and treat tobacco-use dependence, including: basic tobacco education as it pertains to co-occurring conditions, motivational interviewing techniques and tobacco cessation counseling and medication protocols. In-depth on-site training and technical assistance is also available, as well as assistance on tobacco policy implementation. The Network staff also provide consultation to BHCS management on how to integrate tobacco interventions into BHCS services.

To schedule an on-site provider staff training contact: Patricia Sanchez
Or phone: 510-653-5040 x 315.
Starting July 1st, please contact Patricia Sanchez at

For up-coming skill-building training
See Training Calendar
Tobacco Education and Treatment Resource Materials - For tobacco education and treatment resource materials go to: Tobacco Treatment/References and Resources