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Community Health and Counseling Services Recognized for Addressing Tobacco Use
June 20, 2017

CHCS receives Gold Level award from the Maine Health Center for Tobacco Independence’s Breathe Easy initiative



Community Health and Counseling Services was recently recognized at the first annual Behavioral Health Gold Star Standards of Excellence Awards ceremony held on June 7, 2017, for its achievement in advancing smoke and tobacco-free policies as well as promoting tobacco-free lifestyles. The event was sponsored by the Maine Health Center for Tobacco Independence’s Breathe Easy initiative. The Gold Star Standards of Excellence program was created to recognize Maine’s behavioral health organizations for the work being done to create and support tobacco-free environments and lifestyles. Organizations are recognized at the bronze, silver or gold level based on how many of the 10 best practice Gold Star Standards are met. CHCS met all 10 Gold Star Standards and achieved the Gold Level award.

"People living with substance abuse and psychiatric disorders are two to four times more likely to use tobacco; tobacco-free campus policies support a healthy, smoke-free social norm for clients and employees. We applaud the efforts of our Gold Star behavioral health organizations to proactively address smoking and tobacco use." said Sarah Mayberry of the Maine Health Center for Tobacco Independence.

For more information about the Tobacco-Free Behavioral Health initiative and Gold Star Standards of Excellence recognition program, please visit BreatheEasyMaine.org/Behavioral Health.

The Breathe Easy Tobacco-Free Behavioral Health initiative at the Maine Health Center for Tobacco Independence is dedicated to providing Maine’s behavioral health providers with the information and resources needed to make all organizations smoke and tobacco-free.

The program is funded by Maine Prevention Services. Maine Prevention Services is an initiative through the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention working across the state to impact tobacco, substance use, and obesity.


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