Breathe Easy conducts the Gold Star Standards of Excellence recognition program annually to encourage and support Maine’s hospitals, institutions of higher education and behavioral health organizations in addressing smoking and tobacco use by creating and maintaining smoke and tobacco-free policies. The voluntary program is ten evidence-based, environment-specific standards for organizations to meet through written, sustainable policies and procedures.
Hospitals, institutions of higher education and behavioral health organizations are committed to providing as healthy and safe of an environment as possible for their patients, students, faculty, clients, staff and visitors, this program gives these organizations recognition for leading the way by supporting tobacco-free environments. Those organizations who have received awards in past years are encouraged to reapply for continued recognition and ongoing commitment to addressing smoking and tobacco use.
Please see the 2020 Program Timelines below for specifics for each of the three environments, for additional information, including the latest standards are available through the environment specific links.
2020 Program Timelines:
***As you may have noticed, BreatheEasy placed a pause on the Behavioral Health and Higher Education GSSE program amidst the COVID 19 pandemic. It was important for us to consider both the social distancing recommendations as it relates to our awards ceremony as well as the new found burdens your organization may be experiencing. BreatheEasy is honored to recognize behavioral health organizations and higher education institutions for their commitment to providing as healthy and safe of an environment as possible as thus we have decided to shift our program timeline and plan to postpone the event until the Fall of 2020.***
May 18, 2020: Application window officially opens although application is available now
June 5, 2020: Applications for GSSE and mini-grants are due
June 22, 2020: Award letters will be sent out
September 2020: Awards ceremony
Higher Education: Spring Implementation
The 2020 Higher Education GSSE Applications have been released – visit our Higher Education Gold Star Standards page for additional information, including 2020 standards, applications, and past awardees. Celebration of the 2020 Higher Education GSSE awards will take place this fall, 2020.
Behavioral Health: Spring Implementation
The 2020 Behavioral Health GSSE Applications have been released – visit out Behavioral Health Gold Star Standards page for additional information, including 2020 standards, applications, and past awardees. Celebration of the 2020 Behavioral Health GSSE awards will take place this fall, 2020.
Hospitals: Fall Implementation
The 2019 Hospital Awardees have been announced – visit our Awardees page for additional information, including a program booklet, press release and celebration photos.