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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT)

Resources on the LGBT population include national survey reports, agency and federal initiatives, and related behavioral health resources.

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SAMHSA Programs & Initiatives

SAMHSA’s LGBT-focused efforts include the following:

  • Encouraging states to consider LGBT needs in administering their SAMHSA Block Grants resources
  • Including a sexual and gender minority focus in funding announcements where it is appropriate
  • Supporting the inclusion of sexual orientation questions in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health
  • Providing targeted technical assistance to grantees and other stakeholders
  • Issuing guidance on the implementation of the Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Windsor related to the federal definitions of “spouse” and “marriage”

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

SAMHSA Behavioral Health Resources

Federal Initiatives and Resources

  • The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) - To help assess the state of the science, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) asked the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to evaluate current knowledge of the health status of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations; to identify research gaps and opportunities; and to outline a research agenda to help NIH focus its research in this area.
  • Healthy People 2020-Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Health - Provides a comprehensive set of 10-year, national goals and objectives for improving the health of LGBT populations.
  • HHS LGBT Issues Coordinating Committee 2013 Report - The document summarizes specific actions that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has taken through June 2013, at the direction of President Obama and former Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, to promote equal treatment of LGBT Americans, provide enhanced resources for LGBT health issues, and develop better information regarding LGBT health needs.
  • Stop Bullying – This federal website contains a specific section for LGBT youth.

Additional Resources

Last Updated: 03/21/2019