Online training modules help mental health professionals develop skills to assist those who want to quit tobacco use in order to improve health and enhance recovery.
Salt Lake City (September 10, 2012) – Almost half of the cigarettes smoked in the United States are consumed by people with serious mental illness and substance use disorders. The Office of Mental Health (OMH) in New York has 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.
The latest collaboration between OMH, the NYC Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene, RFMH and Allen Communication Learning Services is the development of training modules that will 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.
“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, Adult Service at NYS OMH. “These new training modules deliver engaging, industry-leading instructional design that train mental health professionals in just such a model.”
“At Allen our focus has always been to harness the best in training design and delivery to impact learners in positive ways,” said Ron Zamir, CEO of Allen. “Knowing the skills this training will impart on learners will result in real improvement 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
The Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc. (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
The Office of Mental Health (OMH), New York State’s mental health authority, 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 Allen Communication Learning Services
For over 30 years, Allen (www.allencomm.com) 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.
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