Kansans experiencing behavioral health disorders are more than twice as likely to smoke cigarettes as persons without such disorders. Kansans experiencing behavioral health disorders are more likely to die from tobacco-related illnesses and have lifespans that are 25 years shorter than persons without such disorders. KDADS, to prevent and reduce harm from tobacco use, has engaged in these Behavioral Health Tobacco Initiatives to eliminate this health disparity in Kansas. Click on the initiatives below to find out more information.

Behavioral Health Tobacco Initiatives

Please click one of the items below to find more information on the iniative.

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  • Kansas Summit for Tobacco Free Recovery

  • Kansas Tobacco Guideline for Behavioral Health Care

Tobacco Guideline Self-Assessment

The self-assessment tool is a companion document modeled on the 12 strategies in the Tobacco Guideline for Behavioral Health. Healthcare providers may use the tool to estimate the extent to which the strategies are being implemented and to describe how  implementation is taking place. Completing the self-assessment will help providers identify the gaps in addressing the Tobacco Guideline. 

  • Complete the Self-Assessment online on the KDADS website and print a copy of your results for your records before submitting. 
  • You can also use the  Tobacco Guideline Self-Assessment to provide members of your team with the questions in advance of completing the online assessment.

Download the Endorsement Notification form for additional information about what endorsement means for both provider organizations and associations and to confirm an organization's endorsement of the Guideline.   [Please note, this is a fillable PDF form.]

Tobacco Guideline Endorsements


KDADS is a partner in the Behavioral Health Tobacco Project which has been working since 2016 to expand education and training for health care providers, adult peer audiences and policy makers regarding the economic and quality of life benefits to be achieved by reducing dependence on tobacco products. Goals of the project include increasing the number of behavioral health and primary care providers who are actively engaged in providing tobacco cessation treatment and the number of adult tobacco users who participate in tobacco cessation treatment and experience success with quitting tobacco.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) supports the Kansas Tobacco Quitline, which provides free one-on-one coaching for Kansans ready to quit using any form of tobacco, including vaping. The Kansas Tobacco Quitline also has customized programs, including a behavioral health program for people living with a substance use disorder or mental illness.  Providers can order free materials to promote the Kansas Tobacco Quitline or no cost signage to communicate their tobacco-free grounds by visiting the KDHE Tobacco Use Prevention Program.

The following informational posters about KanCare's cessation programs are also available for download. They are designed to be printed as 17in x 24 in posters.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has also provided the following resources:

This directory was created using data from a provider survey to determine the capacity of Kansas health care practitioners to provide evidence-based tobacco dependence treatment.  The Directory includes providers in many counties throughout Kansas; it is meant to be used by health care providers and other entities for referral for tobacco dependence treatment as well as by patients seeking such treatment.  An update to the Directory is anticipated before the end of 2022.  Changes to listings and additions of new providers can be shared at the respective links provided.