Policy

This policy brief summarizes tobacco treatment policies and practices for Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs) in Kentucky. CMHC's provide services to people living with mental illness. Based on CDC estimates, adults with mental illness consume about 41% of all tobacco products. There are existing clinical tobacco treatment guidelines. However, as with most other organizations, most Kentucky CMHCs do not fully adhere to the recommended guidelines. This policy brief includes recommendations that could help CMHCs support people living with mental illness who want to quit tobacco. Recommendations include implementing tobacco-free policies, providing specialized tobacco treatment trainings, and connecting with community referral resources.