Justice-Involved Tobacco Cessation

 

Project Overview:

With support from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) has contracted with the University of Colorado’s Behavioral Health and Wellness Program (BHWP) to develop both a pilot project plan and a 5-year strategic plan to address tobacco use among adults in Maricopa County’s justice system. Specifically, in the first year of this work, BHWP will do the following:

  • Identify best practices in the areas of tobacco cessation that most appropriately can be applied within the Maricopa County justice system and support the justice-involved population.
  • Assess the Maricopa County justice system to identify tobacco cessation intervention points within the system and within the larger community that serves this justice-involved population.
  • Identify and prioritize opportunities to implement and support tobacco cessation efforts for the Maricopa County justice-involved population both in the justice system and upon community reentry.
  • Develop a project plan to implement a tobacco cessation pilot that utilizes a holistic approach to address tobacco use among the justice-involved population. The plan will focus on the justice-involved population that has been identified as most likely to succeed based on the assessment of the justice system, on evidence-based practices, on work in other jurisdictions, and on available resources.
  • Develop and present a 5-year strategic plan to address tobacco use among the justice-involved population that will include evaluation and sustainability components.

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If you have any questions about the Justice-Involved Tobacco Cessation Project, please contact Tracy Cruickshank from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health Office of Healthcare Innovation.

 

Upcoming Events:

DIMENSIONS: Tobacco-Free Advanced Techniques Training

March 19-20, 2018 – Location TBD

DIMENSIONS: Tobacco-Free Advanced Techniques is the first of a series of trainings that will be offered by the University of Colorado Behavioral Health and Wellness Program to promote successful tobacco cessation in Maricopa County. Tobacco-Free Advanced Techniques is an evidence-based, 1.5-day training that provides an overview of tobacco fundamentals, promoting health for priority populations (such as justice- involved individuals), motivational intervention, and facilitating the DIMENSIONS: Tobacco-Free Group.

The first day of the Tobacco-Free Advanced Techniques training focuses on understanding tobacco addiction, tobacco cessation strategies, and motivational intervention for tobacco cessation. The second, half-day of the training teaches trainees to facilitate the Tobacco-Free Group. Once individuals have completed the Tobacco-Free Advanced Techniques training, they are qualified to offer the DIMENSIONS: Tobacco-Free Group.

The DIMENSIONS: Tobacco-Free Group is a six-week, onsite group for tobacco cessation. The group curriculum covers topics such as tobacco-free goals, change exercises, healthy living planning, what is in cigarette smoke, how tobacco harms you, triggers for tobacco use, and tobacco cessation medication.

DIMENSIONS: Tobacco-Free Advanced Techniques is a train-the-trainer model, so participants will be able to train others at their organization to facilitate the Tobacco-Free Group.

PLEASE NOTE: We encourage site supervisors to begin to consider which of your staff members should attend this training. We recommend that individuals who will be training others to facilitate tobacco-free groups attend this training.

 

Webinars:

Tobacco Cessation: Opportunities for Maricopa County

This webinar is a follow-up to the August project Kick-Off Meeting. This webinar:

  • Expands on the evidence-base for tobacco cessation in justice-involved populations
  • Reviews results from the Maricopa County Staff Knowledge & Behavior Survey
  • Discusses opportunities identified during pilot site visits
  • Provides an overview of the relevant tobacco programming offered by BHWP
  • Reviews project next-steps
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    You can find more webinars on the BHWP YouTube Channel.

     

    Resources

    Justice-Involved Tobacco Cessation Project Newsletter

    August 2017 Kick-Off Meeting Presentation

    Year One Timeline
    DIMENSIONS: Tobacco-Free Toolkit for Healthcare Providers
    Priority Population: Justice-Involved
    DIMENSIONS: Tobacco-Free Policy Toolkit