Behavioral Health

Why Focus on Tobacco Dependence Treatment in the Behavioral Health Sector? 

In the U.S., approximately one in four adults have some form of mental illness or substance use disorder yet they consume nearly 40% of all cigarettes smoked by adults. Twice as many Kansas adults who are current smokers experienced 14 or more days of poor mental health in the 30 days prior to being surveyed (30.2%) compared to nonsmokers (14.3%).1 Research has shown that those with behavioral health conditions who are current smokers are four times more likely to have a premature death than non-smokers.2 This is a preventable health disparity in our state and country.

Overall, Kansas substance abuse and mental health treatment facilities need to improve tobacco use screening and treatment (see figures below) to help more Kansans quit tobacco.

Figure 1. Tobacco Cessation Interventions and Smoke-Free Polices in Substances Abuse Treatment Facilities, Kansas vs. United States, 2020

Figure 1. Tobacco Cessation Interventions and Smoke-Free Policies in Substances Abuse Treatment Facilities, KS vs. United States, 2020

Figure 2. Tobacco Cessation Interventions and Smoke-Free Policies in Mental Health Treatment Facilities, Kansas vs. United States, 2020

Figure 2. Tobacco Cessation Interventions and Smoke-Free Policies in Mental Health Treatment Facilities, KS vs. United States, 2020

Kansas Tobacco Guideline for Behavioral Healthcare

Many statewide and local organizations have been working to increase provider and client education about this topic, while reducing barriers to treatment. All health organizations are encouraged to endorse the Kansas Tobacco Guideline for Behavioral Healthcare, complete the accompanying assessment within an internal committee, and start enhancing their tobacco dependence screening, treatment and referral systems. Together we can continue making statewide progress in raising awareness of this disparity and providing support to our community behavioral health facilities to elevate tobacco screening and treatment to the same level as any other substance.

Kansas Tobacco Dependence Treatment Provider Directory

This directory was created using data from a provider survey to determine the capacity of Kansas health care practitioners to provide evidence-based tobacco dependence treatment.  The Directory includes providers in many counties throughout Kansas; it is meant to be used by health care providers and other entities for referral for tobacco dependence treatment as well as by patients seeking such treatment.  An update to the Directory is anticipated before the end of 2022.  Questions about the Directory listings and if corrections are needed, contact us.