Prevalence of tobacco use among adults with mental illness is greater than twice than that of the general population. Mental health (MH) recovery is a key treatment goal for individuals with psychiatric disorders; it is a framework of overall wellness that reflects functional or quality of life factors, beyond alleviation of psychiatric symptoms. Our quality improvement project examined the relationship between MH recovery and tobacco use among patients in an outpatient, community mental health center. Social support was a critical distinguishing factor between tobacco users and nonusers. Findings guided our efforts to improve integrated tobacco cessation services in the clinic’s behavioral health program. Innovative, evidence-based approaches for tobacco cessation treatment implemented in our integrated medical and behavioral health program, along with these findings pertaining to the importance of social support, will be presented and illustrated through case examples.
- Identify the prevalence and disparities of tobacco use among adults with mental illness.
- Describe the components of the Mental Health (MH) Recovery model to foster wellness among individuals with mental illness and co-occurring tobacco use.
- Integrate key social components of recovery to enhance the efficacy of evidence-based tobacco cessation treatments for adults with mental illness.
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