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Substance use, mental health issues higher for lesbian, gay or bisexual adults

October 14, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

Adults who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual were found to have a higher prevalence of substance abuse and mental health disorders than those in the sexual majority, but were also more likely to receive treatment, according to SAMHSA.

Clinicians must understand where sex, drugs and technology meet

August 19, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

The “chemsex” culture is often characterized by intense experiences that combine crystal meth or similar drugs with risky sexual activity—all facilitated by GPS-based mobile apps.

Researcher uncovers trends in mental health disparities

April 4, 2016  | 

Researcher Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola has uncovered barriers to care, gaps in appropriate treatment services and other trends that speak to the opportunity for the behavioral health provider community to improve care delivery for the underserved.

Resource center engages potential patients

December 10, 2015  |  Donna Marbury

Morningside Recovery has opened a new resource center in Arizona that will connect potential patients with treatment options. The center is initially targeting those who are homeless and would be able to access treatment through Affordable Care Act health...

Why you need all-gender bathrooms

November 23, 2015  |  H. Steven Moffic

By now, we should be at the forefront in addressing the need for all-gender bathrooms, given our expertise, devotion to healing, and the desire to reduce stigma.

Study reiterates that conversion therapy is harmful

October 16, 2015  |  Julia Brown, Associate Editor

A new SAMHSA resource confirms that conversion therapy is inappropriate, and alternatives must be explored when discussing sexual orientation and gender identity.

Addressing trauma must become standard operating process

August 2, 2015  |  Julia Brown, Associate Editor

Being trauma informed in treatment matters. In fact, Stephanie S. Covington, PhD, LCSW, said it doesn’t even make sense to provide treatment without understanding an individual’s trauma history.

OSHA supports restroom access for transgender employees

June 2, 2015  |  Julia Brown

Developed at the request of the National Center for Transgender Equality, the guide provides employers with best practices for access to restrooms corresponding to gender identity.

Family leave extended to same-sex couples

March 11, 2015  |  Lois Bowers

With 32 states and the District of Columbia permitting same-sex marriages, FMLA has now been revised to reflect the changing policies.

Coalition goes to Washington to discuss behavioral health infrastructure

January 13, 2015  |  Julia Brown

According to the Coalition for Whole Health, HHS wants to find ways to build up the infrastructure needed to support those with behavioral health needs.


Same-sex marriage recognition would be required under proposed rule

December 17, 2014  |  Lois A. Bowers

Community mental health centers that do not recognize residents’ same-sex marriages would be ineligible to receive Medicare or Medicaid funding under a rule proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

LGBT employees protected under new federal rule

December 5, 2014  |  Lois A. Bowers

The rule will apply to providers that enter into new—or modify existing—federal contracts or subcontracts worth $10,000 or more on or after April 6, 2015.


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