Richmond University’s Center for Integrative Behavioral Medicine, located at 1130 South Avenue, has been in the forefront of integrating behavioral and primary care.
Individuals with a serious #mentalillness
die on average 25 years earlier than the general population, and smoking is the leading cause of death for this group. Although the rate of #smoking
has been declining for the general population, it has not declined for individuals with mental illness and/or substance use disorder.
To address this gap, the New York City Tobacco Cessation Training and Technical Assistance Center (#TCTTAC
), funded by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene , has initiated a pilot program with selected agencies across the city to develop interventions for the behavioral health population which will be shared as a best practice models. The training for this initiative is being presented by Dr. Jill Williams, a nationally known expert on smoking cessation and staff from the Center for Practice Innovations at Columbia Psychiatry and the New York State Psychiatric Institute (#CPI
). “The RUMC outpatient department has become a real champion for this initiative,” according to Dr. Nancy Covell, Project Director, TCTTAC and Associate Director, CPI. “As an early adopter and champion, #RUMC
has collaborated closely with TCTTAC in this pilot program and emerged as a real leader among agencies. Further, in addition to sending a large number of staff to be trained, RUMC has taken important steps to ensure implementation of tobacco dependence treatment throughout the outpatient programs. For example, they have identified a champion to oversee the work and have created a workgroup that meets regularly to plan changes in program policy, process flow, and treatment.
Mike Matthews, Director of Outpatient Behavioral Health Services at RUMC, has clearly prioritized tobacco dependence treatment, ensuring that staff have time to attend training, meet as a workgroup, and implement changes. Mr. Matthews also regularly attends TCTTAC online technical support meetings to report progress and gain support as needed. #statenisland #hospital #medicalcenter