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Programs and Services for LGBTQIA+ Individuals with Mental Health and/or Substance Use Disorders    

Rebecca Petersen, LCSW 

DMHAS supports people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual, intersex (LGBTQIA+) and their allies.  Our goal is to create a safe, inclusive environment throughout the DMHAS continuum of care, as well as in our contracted behavioral health and recovery agencies.

Allies of LGBTQIA+ people are an important part of the mission of the LGBTQIA+ community and we welcome their support!

LGBTQIA+ Trainings for DMHAS Staff & Providers

  • Click here to learn about and register for upcoming LGBTQIA+ training series offerings
  • Five webinars are available in the Workforce Development LMS training library. These are 1-1.5hour, pre-recorded, web-based trainings facilitated by LGBTQIA+ content experts. These trainings provide essential information regarding inclusive best practices when working with the LGBTQIA+ population, and are designed to allow individuals the flexibility to participate at their convenience. You can access information on how to access these trainings here: LMS Web-Based LGBTQIA+ Trainings. Please see below for the list of available webinars include:
    • Introduction to Gender Affirming Clinical Practice
    • Introduction to Clinical Practice with LGBTQ+ Clients
    • Embrace the Rainbow: Working at the Intersection of LGBTQ+ Identity and Trauma
    • The Importance of Family Acceptance in the Lives of LGBTQIA2+ People
    • Gender and Life – Affirming Medicine: Providing Primary and Specialty Health Care for Trans Patients

Additional LGBTQIA+ Trainings/Educational Opportunities

Fenway Health

New Haven Pride Center – a place for community, culture, and support

Continuing Education | The Connecticut Women's Consortium | Home (


LGBTQIA+ Resources:


LGBTQIA+ Awareness Periods

Bisexual Resource Center

The Asexual Visibility & Education Network

Neurodivergence in the LGBTQ+ Community

Pronouns Matter




Anchor Health Initiative

Apex Community Care, Inc.

Center for Key Populations

Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective

LGBTQIA Responsive Services at Wheeler

Middlesex Health: Transgender Medicine

Center for Gender Health | Hartford HealthCare | CT

Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Inc.

Pride Institute - Inpatient SA/MH

Trans Fertility Co.

Yale Medicine: Pediatric Gender Program



National Resource Center on LGBT Aging

SAMHSA - Helping the LGBT Community Enroll in Health Insurance

SAMHSA: LGBT National and Regional Resources

The National LGBTIA+ Health Education Center

Trans Lifeline

World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)



Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence

Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness LGBTQ Resources

Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Chamber: An LGBT Alliance for Business Opportunities

Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Connecticut Legal Rights Project, Inc. | Mental Health Legal Services and Representation (

Department of Children and Families - Child and Family LGBTQIA+ Resources

Latino Community Services

New Haven Pride Center

Rainbow Support Group - New Haven CT

Triangle Community Center, Norwalk, CT

Yale University's Office of LGBTQ Resources

National Resource Center on LGBTQ+ Aging (

Homepage - Equality CT (

LGBT Moveable Senior Center | CT Healthy Living Collective

Transgender Aging Network - FORGE (



Know Your Rights | LGBTQ Rights | American Civil Liberties Union (

We accelerate advocacy in the LGBTQ community | Equality Federation

Equality Forum


GLAD Legal Advocates and Defenders


Human Rights Campaign

InterAct (Advocates for Intersex Youth)

National Center for Transgender Equality


The Trevor Project


Additional Resources

LGBT Inpatient Unit @ Brattleboro Retreat