AMH Tobacco Freedom Policy
In October 2009 Oregon leaders, community partners and consumer advocates created a Tobacco Freedom initiative with new strategies to improve access to and participation in tobacco cessation services. Out of this initiative and in collaboration with residential providers and consumer advocates, AMH developed and implemented the Tobacco Freedom Policy.
The Tobacco Freedom Policy requires all residential mental health and addictions providers licensed by AMH to maintain residential properties that are free from tobacco use. The policy also includes guidelines to establish tobacco cessation and education resources for both staff and individuals receiving services, including the integration of tobacco cessation into treatment planning.
As of July 1st 2013 all residential mental health and addictions providers licensed by AMH have implemented the Tobacco Freedom Policy.
Ongoing Evaluation of the Tobacco Freedom Policy
AMH has partnered with the Oregon Public Health Division’s Center for Prevention and Health Promotion to conduct a survey intended to collect and evaluate information concerning the implementation of the Tobacco Freedom Policy.
Responses to this survey will be combined into a report and publicly shared by Fall 2014. Your participation will provide valuable information that will assist AMH in developing and providing additional supports to residential providers.
Tobacco Freedom Policy Information
Tobacco Cessation Information and Resources