Behavioral Health Partnering with Public Housing

On Wednesday, August 16, CSH Director of Health Systems Integration Marcella Maguire teamed up with Stancil Tootle, 1st Vice-President & Legislative Chairman of the National Federation of the Blind, to deliver a webinar focused on how behavioral health services providers can partner with public housing agencies (PHAs), housing owners and housing agents to assist tenants who want to quit smoking.

The webinar, sponsored by the National Council for Behavioral Health, was timely and popular because of recent changes in federal tobacco use policy.  

In November 2016, the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that public housing will soon be required to provide a smoke-free environment for their residents. With this new ruling comes a wave of individuals and organizations looking for tobacco cessation resources, including those specifically addressing behavioral health conditions. And enactment of this HUD rule presents another unique opportunity for greater partnerships between services providers and the housing sector, including supportive housing. 

During this webinar, attendees were exposed to information enhancing their understanding of the new rule published by HUD.

Marcella and Stancil also presented three models that support tobacco cessation, and identified for participants financing trends and other mechanisms to support this work.

If you have an interest in the guidance shared by Marcella and Stancil but missed their presentation, you can access the full webinar discussion by clicking on: Watch the Recording.

To see the information offered during the webinar, please click on: View the Slides.

Our gratitude to the National Council for Behavioral Health for providing the recording and materials for those who missed the webinar or are interested in a refresher.

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