Cross-State Leadership Academy for Tobacco-Free Recovery: Apply Now!

The National Center of Excellence for Tobacco Free Recovery (CoE-TFR) invites states to apply to participate in a Cross-State Leadership Academy for Tobacco-Free Recovery. This initiative aims to reduce commercial tobacco use among people with mental health and substance use conditions. 

The issue: Addressing tobacco use among people with behavioral health conditions

  • People with behavioral health conditions represent 25 percent of the U.S. adult population but account for nearly 40 percent of all cigarettes sold.
  • Half of all deaths were tobacco-related for persons who received behavioral health services.
  • Over the last decade, as a result of courageous state leadership, states have identified and made “low-cost, no-cost” investments that have resulted in dramatic reductions in tobacco use among this population.

The opportunity: State leaders peer-to-peer learning and action

There is more to do, and we can’t do this work alone. This is a unique opportunity for state leaders to learn from each other and experts in the field and take steps together to build on lessons learned to get next-level outcomes.

To help you take these steps, we are inviting up to four state teams to participate in an 18-month cross-state Leadership Academy for Tobacco-Free Recovery.

The academy experience will support your team in mobilizing community partners, stakeholders, and people with lived experience to develop and implement a state-wide action plan to continue to reduce the rates of commercial tobacco use among persons with behavioral health conditions.

Expand and accelerate your efforts to advance tobacco-related health equity for people with behavioral health conditions today! 

Who should apply?

  • State departments, offices, or programs of Tobacco Control
  • Mental health substance use disorder/addiction services and health equity or minority health organizations

How to apply

Important dates

  • Feb 12, 2024, 10 p.m. eastern: Cross-State Leadership Academy applications due.
  • February 12-26, 2024: Review of applications and 30-minute interviews.
  • February 29, 2024: Selection of states announced.

Benefits of participation

  • Free, individualized technical assistance from experts in tobacco and behavioral health policy, systems and social norms change to promote tobacco-free recovery.
  • Opportunity to learn and share with peers from other states.
  • Reduce the economic burden of tobacco on people, families, communities, and the health care system.
  • Strengthen relationships and identify opportunities to achieve a shared vision of improving and saving lives and treatment outcomes for people with behavioral health conditions who use tobacco across your state.
  • Identify strategies that advance health equity by meaningful inclusion of people, families and communities affected by tobacco and behavioral health conditions.

Funding considerations

All costs associated with state participation in leadership academy will be funded by the CoE-TFR. In addition, we will cover all costs associated with state teams convening their own state-wide leadership academy.

Questions? Contact us!

If you have any questions about the opportunity, the application, or your eligibility to participate, please contact CoE-TFR Project Director David Davis.

This opportunity is made possible by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), which has awarded CAI funding to administer the National Center of Excellence for Tobacco-Free Recovery.