Tobacco use is the single leading preventable cause of disease, disability and death in Missouri. It is the
leading cause of premature death for persons with mental illness or substance use disorders and
contributes to persons with mental illness dying an average of 25 years earlier than the general population.
The Department of Mental Health believes that overall health is essential to mental health and that
recovery includes wellness. Reducing or preventing tobacco-related disparities among consumers of
DMH services is critical to consumers’ experiencing optimal mental health and wellness.
MO Health Net now covers tobacco cessation therapy which includes access to nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and two (in lifetime) 12 week counseling sessions. Attached is the Medicaid bulletin that identifies the codes, allowable services and the practitioners covered under the program.