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The New York State Office of Mental Health and Allen Communication Earn a Communicator Award for Their Tobacco Cessation Course

Communicator Award - Web Based TrainingSalt Lake City (June 4, 2013) – The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene (RFMH), in partnership with the Fund for Public Health in New York and along with Allen Communication have earned an Interactive Communicator Award of Distinction for their Tobacco Cessation training courses. The web based training modules provide mental health professionals, psychiatrists, and psychiatric prescribers with up-to-date, evidence-based information and clinical skills to motivate and assist clients with tobacco use in order to improve their health and enhance their recovery.

The Communicator Awards are judged and overseen by the International Academy of the Visual Arts (IAVA), an organization of leading professionals of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media. The Communicator Awards is the largest and most competitive awards program honoring the creative excellence for communications professionals; over 6000 entries were received from across the world.

The award winning training was developed after the Office of Mental Health (OMH) in New York State identified tobacco cessation treatment as a major strategy that can improve health and reduce the chronic medical illnesses and early death that are prevalent among people who live with serious mental illness.

“Evidence supports that tobacco dependence treatment for people with serious mental illness is most effective when provided in an integrated fashion by mental health professionals,” said Gregory A. Miller, MD, MBA, Medical Director of Adult Services at NYS OMH. “These new training modules deliver engaging, industry-leading instructional design that train mental health professionals in just such a model.”

“It is especially gratifying to be able to partner with these organizations to help improve communities and the quality of life for the people within these communities,” said Ron Zamir, CEO of Allen. “Knowing the skills in this training will result in real improvements in the health and wellness of people struggling with addiction and mental health issues is rewarding and the best possible application of the tremendous skills of our team.”

About The Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene

RFMH, a not-for-profit membership corporation, optimizes the research and training objectives of the New York State Department of Mental Hygiene and its component agencies. Since 1952, RFMH has promoted the widespread availability of evidence-based practices to improve mental health services, ensure accountability, and promote recovery-oriented outcomes for people.

About The Office of Mental Health

OMH, New York State’s mental health agency, plans and delivers high-quality, consumer and family focused treatment and rehabilitative services to adults and children with severe mental illness or emotional disturbance. OMH works closely with government and community mental health services to provide assistance and education that promote recovery and hope.

About the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s mission is to protect and promote the health of all New Yorkers. Since 1805, it has been at the cutting edge of combating preventable illness and premature death. An agency of 6,000 dedicated professionals, its innovative programs and strategies set the standard for public health in the US and internationally. Because of its efforts, the city’s residents now have a life expectancy of 80.6 years, the highest in recorded history, and well above the national average. Innovations in health care, HIV testing and treatment, tobacco control and other health policies have made New York City a leader in public health.

About the Fund for Public Health in NY

Formed in 2002, FPHNY pilots, expands, and fosters private sector support for public health programs. FPHNY is a public-private partnership that secures grants to leverage the capacity of DOHMH to enhance innovation and efficiency.

About Columbia Psychiatry

Columbia Psychiatry is ranked among the best departments and psychiatric research facilities in the nation. Its distinguished clinicians and researchers are renowned for their outstanding contributions in clinical and research advances in the diagnosis and treatment of depression, suicide, schizophrenia, bipolar and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and childhood psychiatric disorders. Visit for more information.

About Allen Communication Learning Services

For over 30 years, Allen has developed award-winning training solutions for the world’s best companies. Designed for real impact on learner performance through sound instructional design, Allen’s proven Assure Methodology™ optimizes program results and maximizes return on your training dollar. Leveraging cutting edge technology to provide web-based training, blended training and mobile learning, as well as advanced LMS technology, Allen helps companies engage their learners like never before. Follow Allen on Twitter @Allencomm, on LinkedIn, and on Facebook.