QUITPLAN Services, ClearWay Minnesota’s free smoking cessation program, recently launched a new treatment approach for uninsured or underinsured participants who report mental health conditions or substance abuse. The new treatment approach is offered to participants through the QUITPLAN Helpline phone coaching program and provides additional coaching support, additional combination nicotine replacement therapy and communication with participants’ health care providers.
According to the 2014 Minnesota Adult Tobacco Survey (MATS), 14.4 percent of adult Minnesotans smoke cigarettes. However, 32.6 percent of adults with a mental illness reported smoking cigarettes in a nationwide survey from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health in 2013. QUITPLAN Services recognizes that individuals with a history of mental illness and/or substance use disorders smoke at higher rates than the general population, smoke more cigarettes per day and may be at greater risk of negative health effects as a result.
“We understand that people with mental health conditions may have a harder time quitting smoking, but that they want to quit,” said David Willoughby, our Chief Executive Officer. “We are committed to providing the free support and tools to help all Minnesotans quit. With this new service offering from QUITPLAN Services, we hope to help participants living with mental health conditions or substance abuse successfully quit and experience improved health outcomes.”
The new program will include the following specific tools to help participants quit:
- 7 coaching calls to provide additional support during all phases of quitting
- 12-week regimen of combination nicotine replacement therapy
- Communication with the participant’s health care provider with tips for the provider to help support the participant in quitting
- A team of specially trained coaches
To see if this program is a good fit for you, please contact the QUITPLAN Services Helpline at