OKLAHOMA CITY – The Ministry of Mental Health and Drug Abuse in Oklahoma will receive an additional funding boost thanks to a three-year grant.
TSET's Board of Directors approved a three-year grant for up to $ 1.2 million from the Department of Mental Health and Drug Abuse in Oklahoma on Thursday.
The organizers say the money will be used to reduce tobacco consumption and improve the health of the oklahomans.
"This innovative partnership enables us to answer critical questions on mental health issues while reducing tobacco use in people with mental disorders or drug abuse," said TSET Executive Director John Woods. "We know that the tobacco industry has long made the myth that smoking helps reduce stress, or helping someone cope with a mental disorder or addiction ̵
Officials say the smoking rate is increased up to four times in people with a mental health disorder or substance abuse disorder.
TSET and ODMHSAS have been working together since 2009 to implement changes in the state health system to promote tobacco-free drug abuse programs.
"This partnership is not only beneficial Oklahomans who seek mental health services, but the employees, providers and families who benefit when their loved ones live a longer, healthier life," said Woods. "As a state, we all benefit when fewer people consume tobacco and make healthier choices."