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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender (LGBT)

Behavioral Health Equity

SAMHSA's LGBT-focused Efforts

SAMHSA's LGBT-focused efforts include encouraging States to consider LGBT needs in administering their SAMHSA Block Grants resources, promoting a sexual and gender minority focus in funding announcements where it is appropriate, supporting creation of sexual orientation questions for HHS national surveys, and providing ongoing leadership to help stop bullying of LGBT youth that includes significant participation in the development of the LGBT section for, a major resource for helping victims, potential victims and their families, and for raising public awareness.

SAMHSA contributes to efforts towards developing national data collection protocols and expanding health services for transgender individuals. Multiple training efforts for behavioral health service providers have and will continue to improve service delivery and outcomes for LGBT individuals.

SAMHSA Mental Health and Substance Abuse Data and Educational Resources

  • A Practitioner's Resource Guide: Helping Families to Support Their LGBT Children - Offers information and resources to help practitioners throughout health and social service systems implement best practices in engaging and helping families and caregivers to support their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) children.
  • LGBT Training Curricula for Behavioral Health and Primary Care Practitioners - This is a list of six training curricula for behavioral health and primary care practitioners to help them assess, treat, and refer lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) clients in a culturally sensitive manner. Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits are available.
  • Top Health Issues for LGBT Populations Information & Resource Kit: Equips prevention professionals, healthcare providers, and educators with information on current health issues among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations. Includes an overview of terms related to gender identity and sexual expression.
  • A Provider's Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender - Informs clinicians and administrators about substance abuse treatment approaches that are sensitive to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) clients. Covers cultural, clinical, health, administrative, and legal issues as well as alliance building.
  • Helping Families Support Their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Children (PDF | 897kb) exit disclaimer icon - This brief provides information about sexual orientation and gender identity to help friends, family, and other adults support LGBT children and adolescents. It reports research findings from the Family Acceptance Project at San Francisco University and includes research on the impact of families on their LGBT children's health, mental health, and well-being; and ways ethnically, religiously, and socially diverse families, parents, and caregivers can support their LGBT children. Family materials and provider tools such as education materials, assessment and policy resources, research publications, and gender spectrum education and training materials are presented.
  • Providing Services and Supports for Youth who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex or Two-Spirit (PDF | 1.7mb) - This Practice Brief is for policymakers, administrators, and providers seeking to learn more about (1) youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, or two-spirit (LGBTQI2-S) and (2) how to develop culturally and linguistically competent programs and services to meet their needs and preferences.
  • Larkin Street Stories - Meet Toby, Loch, and the youth of Larkin Street Youth Services and learn more about the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth who are homeless. The video series offers tips on best practices for providers serving LGBTQ youth who are homeless.
  • High School Gay–Straight Alliances (GSAs) and Young Adult Well-Being (PDF | 144kb) - An Examination of GSA Presence, Participation, and Perceived Effectiveness: Gay–Straight Alliances (GSAs) are student-led, school-based clubs that aim to provide a safe environment in the school context for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students, as well as their straight allies. This study examines the potential for GSAs to support positive youth development and to reduce associations among LGBT-specific school victimization and negative young adult well-being.

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Last Updated: 02/18/2014

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