Maine Behavioral Healthcare Residential Homes program has been recognized for addressing tobacco use and exposure through organizational policies and procedures, as part of the 2020 Gold Star Standards of Excellence program. Residential Program Director Lee D’Attilio was also recognized as an Individual Gold Star Recipient.

GSSE, sponsored by the MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence’s Breathe Easy initiative, is an annual effort to recognize Maine organizations for implementing policies, procedures and treatment strategies to prohibit tobacco use on campus and to address client dependence.

Award levels are based on best practice criteria such as having a smoke and tobacco-free campus policy, annual client screening for tobacco use, referral to tobacco treatment and supporting employee education related to tobacco treatment.

“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 for proactively addressing tobacco use and exposure,” said Kenneth I. Lewis, Senior Director of the MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence.

For more information about the Breath Easy initiative and Gold Star Standards of Excellence recognition program, visit