Promote Health-Behavior Change among People with Severe Mental Illness

—by Paul M. Kubek

Learn to support health-behavior change among people with severe mental illness and addiction in your community, especially those who are not yet ready for change. Learn how to use the stages-of-change approach in your work, motivational interviewing, and tobacco interventions. Our Center is adding new dates to its "Breath of Fresh Air" training series and "Tobacco Tuesday" conference calls as part of Ohio's initiative to promote integrated primary and behavioral healthcare. Promote healthy living. Improve health outcomes.

Breath Of Fresh Air 

A Breath of Fresh Air: Promoting Health-Behavior Change among People with SPMI is a free training that offers CMEs and CEUs for health and behavioral healthcare providers in the State of Ohio. This six-hour event highlightst the following:

  • (1.5 hours) Stages of change
  • (1.5 hours) Overview of Motivational Interviewing, the evidence-based treatment
  • (3.0 hours) Tobacco interventions, including medications to reduce craving and nicotine dependence

Tobacco Tuesdays

The Tobacco Tuesday Conference Call Series is designed to help health and behavioral healthcare organizations in their efforts to engage individuals with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders in discussions about changing their use of tobacco products. Participants in these calls are encouraged to share questions and lessons-learned from their experiences.

Sponsors & Partners

The "Breath of Fresh Air" training series and "Tobacco Tuesday" conference calls are presented by the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University with generous support from the following:

  • Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS)
  • Ohio Office of Medical Assistance
  • Pfizer Medical Education Grant
  • Smoking Cessation Leadership Center

For more information about the Ohio Health Home initiative, visit the website of OhioMHAS.

National Council

The National Council for Community Behavioral Health also sponsored a variety of training and technical-assistance events as part of the Ohio Medicaid Health Homes initiative, sponsored by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS).


Editor's Note:This article first appeared on February 26, 2013 as "Health Home Training Series Promotes Health-Behavior Change among People with SPMI."  It has been updated with new information about this ongoing initiative.