Behavioral Health

ATTUD Behavioral Health Committee Mission Statement

"We aspire to promote strong collaborative relationships among tobacco/nicotine dependence, mental health and addiction treatment and recovery stakeholders in order to stimulate the development of agency, state and national policies. 

We do this to create, support and coordinate enhanced tobacco/nicotine dependence treatment and recovery integration in all aspects of a person’s wellness. We make every effort to improve health equity by integrating tobacco/nicotine dependence treatment to reduce health inequities for all those with a tobacco disorder.  

We promote modernized language in research articles, education/training and clinical care settings that will remove stigma and empowers persons who use commercial tobacco/nicotine products to live healthier, tobacco/nicotine free lifestyles. The “words we use” matter. The focus of our work is tobacco/nicotine dependence treatment and recovery and should not be understood as “smoking cessation.” 

Integrating Tobacco Treatment Within Behavioral Health

Behavioral Health Tobacco Treatment Case Studies:
Encounters treating tobacco dependent clients with behavioral health and substance use disorders.

Behavior Health/Disparity Populations

Case Study Templates

Behavioral Health Tobacco Treatment Templa te

Behavioral Health Toolkits


Fact Sheets and Handouts


Online Training for Consumers

Consumers Helping Others Improve their Condition by Ending Smoking increases awareness of the importance of addressing tobacco use and creating a strong peer support network that encourages mental health consumers to make positive healthy lifestyle change by addressing smoking and tobacco use.


Rx for Change: Clinician-Assisted Tobacco Cessation is a comprehensive tobacco cessation training program that equips health professional students and practicing clinicians, of all disciplines, with evidence-based knowledge and skills for assisting patients with quitting. The program draws heavily from the U.S. Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guideline for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, in that it advocates delivery of tailored behavioral counseling interventions in conjunction with pharmacotherapy. The curriculum addresses all forms of tobacco, not just cigarettes, and materials focus on counseling all patients—regardless of their readiness to quit. All materials have undergone extensive external review by key experts in the field.  Free membership is required to access curricula.

The Exchange E-learning HUB offers online training on integrating tobacco-use interventions into chemical dependence services presented in an easy-to-use, self-paced format.

SCLC's webinar series is integral to the technical assistance provided by the SCLC. Nationally recognized smoking cessation experts offer the latest information related to smoking cessation (including effective interventions) for the general and the behavioral health populations. SCLC has over 90 webinars covering the latest topics on tobacco addiction and recovery, some even offering free continuing education credits.

The Wisconsin Nicotine Treatment Integration Project (WiNTiP) is pleased to provide on-line training that addresses tobacco policy and treatment in the behavioral health setting. You can earn up to 6 FREE Continuing Education Credits by completing both courses!

Professional Development – In-person

To be announced

Recommended Book List

The Tobacco Dependence Treatment Handbook – A Guide to Best Practices
The Guilford Press, New York, London; Series Editor David H. Barlow, 2003, revision 2007.
This is basically a treatment manual for practitioners.  We use this resource in our training at UMass Medical School for tobacco treatment and training.  It is based on best practices and is a valuable resource for teaching, treating, and research.

Health  Behavior Change – A Guide for Practitioners
Rollnick, Mason, Butler, Churchill Livingstone, 1999.
Using motivational interviewing skills, the authors combine their skills and expertise that will challenge and guide the practitioner to a path of connection needed to move patients into a positive and more confident self-discovery process.

Building Motivational Interviewing Skills – a practitioner workbook
David B. Rosengren; Guilford Press, 2009.
This is a practitioner’s workbook.  With examples and cases identified, it will be a ‘go to’ for that extra help in finding the path that will help the practitioner connect with clients.

Changing To Thrive – Using the stages of change to Overcome the Top Threats
to Your Health and Happiness

James O. Prochaska, Janice M. Prochaska; Hazelden Publishing, 2016.
Drs. James and Janice Prochaska, PhD, have teamed up to address the top threats to client health and happiness.  From a behavior health perspective, this resource provides tools and assessments that will clarify and deepen the practitioner’s understanding of the root causes of a client’s health challenges.

Research articles

Roundtable Events

  • Roundtable 1, November 3, 2021, Tobacco Use Disorder in Behavioral Health Settings - An informal round table discussion with some of the leading experts in tobacco treatment
  • Roundtable 2April 27, 2022, Tobacco Use Disorder in Behavioral Health Settings Part 2 - Digging Deeper into Mitigation Strategies

Reframing Tobacco & Health Equity