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Emergency Preparedness and LGBT People: What Health Centers Need to Know National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center Health centers often serve as a key resource during natural disasters or other public health emergencies. Before an emergency strikes, it is important for health centers to consider the unique needs and circumstances of vulnerable populations, including LGBT individuals and families in the community.   January 2016
2016 RISE Project Outreach and Relationship Building Program Manual Vol. 1 Angela Weeks The purpose of the manual is to assist others in the field in replicat- ing or adapting a key component of the RISE Project, ORB, for their local use. Replicating or adapting ESIs with fidelity to the interventions builds evidence in child welfare and expands the range of intervention effectiveness to different target populations and or- ganizational contexts. These efforts to build evidence serve several purposes, including preparing an intervention for evaluation, either during implementation or later, depending on the organizational context in which an intervention is implemented, and building a base of replicable interventions that can serve the complex needs of diverse communities of children and families. This manual does not provide details about or findings from the evaluation. The evaluation report is being published separately. The intended audience for this program manual includes potential implementers of the intervention, including child welfare administrators and staff, evaluators, and purveyors.   2016
2016 RISE Project Outreach and Relationship Building Program Manual Vol. 2 Training Guide User’s Manual: The purpose of these training manuals are to help trainers train the RISE LGBTQ+ competency trainings to child welfare system public and private agency providers.  
2016 RISE Project Outreach and Relationship Building Program Manual Vol. 3 Social Work Practice for LGBTQ and Gender-Variant Youth Training Manual: Skills for reducing barriers to permanency for LGBTQ and gender-variant youth in foster care. The Outreach and Relationship Building (ORB) Team is the RISE project intervention focused on building practitioner competency to reduce barriers in caregiving settings by decreasing heterosexism, anti-gay and anti-transgender bias. The ORB curriculum consists of two trainings (LGBTQ Foundation and Social Work Practice, respectively). The LGBTQ Foundation training provides basic knowledge about terminology and concepts related to sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression; the coming out process; the impact of accepting and rejecting behaviors; the positive power of affirming environments; and the legal and professional standards guiding work with LGBTQ youth. The Social Work Practice training consists of five units and provides practitioners with opportunities to combine the knowledge acquired in the LGBTQ Foundation training with common practice skills, such as active listening, motivational interviewing, assessing environments, and responding to specific instances of biases. Participants must attend the LGBTQ Foundation training prior to attending the Social Work Practice training. Each training is 3-3.5 hours in length.  
2016 RISE Project Outreach and Relationship Building Program Manual Vol. 4 The Supportive Families, Safe Homes training consists of four units that provide foster parents basic information about the permanency needs, health, and well-being of LGBTQ and gender-variant children and youth. More specifically, the training seeks to increase caregiver knowledge related to (1) attitudes, beliefs, and information regarding sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression; (2) the coming-out process and its significance; and (3) family acceptance and rejection and the impact on health outcomes for LGBTQ children and youth. The training is 90 minutes in length and includes the following learning objectives and intended outcomes:  
2016 RISE Project: The Care Coordination Team (CCT) Program Manual Wilson et al This program manual provides detailed information about the implementation process of the LA LGBT Center’s Permanency Innovation Initiative—Recognize, Intervene, Support, and Empower (RISE). RISE aims to improve permanency for LGBTQ+ children and youth in the foster care system by reducing heterosexism and anti-gay and anti-transgender bias and increasing support for their LGBTQ+ identity. The purpose of the manual is to assist others in the field in replicating or adapting a key component of the RISE Project, the CCT, for their local use. Replicating or adapting ESIs with fidelity to the interventions builds evidence in child welfare and expands the range of intervention effectiveness to different target populations and or­ ganizational contexts. These efforts to build evidence serve several purposes, including preparing an inter­vention for evaluation (either during implementation or later, depending on the organizational context in which an intervention is implemented) and building a base of replicable interventions that can serve the complex needs of diverse communities of children and families. The intended audiences for this program manual are potential implementers of the intervention, including child welfare administrators and staff, evaluators, and purveyors.   2016
A Place of Respect: A Guide for Group Care Facilities Serving Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Youth This guide offers group care facilities information and tools to provide transgender and gender non-conforming youth with appropriate and informed care. It describes laws requiring facilities to protect these youth from harassment and abuse and to provide them with appropriate medical care. This publication assists staff in understanding the experiences and concerns of transgender and gender non-conforming youth, and responding to these youths’ safety, programmatic, and health care needs.   2011
A Practitioner’s Resource Guide: Helping Families to Support Their LGBT Children This guide offers information and resources to help practitioners throughout health and social service systems implement best practices to engage and help families and caregivers support their LGBT youth.   2014
A guide to juvenile detention reform: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth in the Juvenile Justice System Shannan Wilber This practice guide is a response to that demand and: • provides an overview of key concepts and terminology related to SOGIE; • summarizes the research on the effect of stigma and bias on the health and well-being of LGBT youth, the drivers contributing to their disproportionate involvement in the justice system and the harmful and unfair practices to which they are subjected in the system; • identifies policies and procedures to prohibit discrimination, prevent harm and promote fair and equitable treatment of LGBT youth who are arrested and referred to juvenile justice agencies; and • provides guidance on policies and practices required to ensure the safety and well-being of LGBT youth in detention facilities.   2015
Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient and Family-Centered Care for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Community Designed as guide, this tool reviews effective communication and patient-centeredness in providing safe and high-quality health care to diverse patient populations.  
Advocating for LGBTQ+ Students with Disabilities Human Rights Campaign, National Center for Lesbian Rights, National Association of School Psychologists, National Education Association This guide for educators, parents, and guardians outlines the rights of LGBTQ+ students with disabilities and offers concrete strategies for supporting LGBTQ+ students who have an IEP or 504 plan.   May 2021
Affirming Primary Care for Intersex People National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center This community-informed clinical guide on primary care for intersex people provides an overview of intersex terms and concepts, the health concerns of intersex people, intersex-affirming practices, and resources for further learning.   August 2020
Affirming and Supporting LGBTQ Children and Youth in Child Welfare Brief factsheet on affirming approaches to support LGBTQ youth in child welfare  
All Children - All Families: Training Program As part of the broader All Children-All Families initiative, the curriculum is intended to provide expert LGBTQ competency support that can be customized based on the needs of the organization. The curriculum includes 1) An Introduction to LGBTQ Competency for Child Welfare Professionals, 2) Best Practices for Serving LGBTQ Families, and 3) Best Practices for Serving LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care. The training is supported through a fee-for-service with an average cost approximately $1,500 per trainer per day.  
An Intersectional Approach to Therapy with Transgender Adolescents and Their Families Rachel Lynn Golden & Matthew Oransky The current article aims to raise awareness of a need for an intersectional approach with gender-affirming family therapy techniques. We detail ways intersectionality can inform therapy practice and provide case examples from our work with a diverse group of transgender adolescents and their families.   January 2019
Association of Nondiscrimination Policies With Mental Health Among Gender Minority Individuals Alex McDowell, RN, MSN, MPH; Julia Raifman, ScD; Ana M. Progovac, PhD; Sherri Rose, PhD We examined the association between health insurance nondiscrimination policies and mental health outcomes for gender minority individuals. Using a large, private health insurance claims database, we constructed a sample of enrollees with gender minority–related diagnosis codes in 2009- 2017. We used a difference-in-differences design to evaluate changes in suicidality and inpatient mental health hospitalizations among gender minority enrollees in states with and without nondiscrimination policies. The present study was conducted from August 1, 2018, to September 1, 2019. CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE Implementation of a state-level nondiscrimination policy appears to be associated with decreased or no changes in suicidality among gender minority individuals living in states that implemented these policies from 2013 to 2016. Given high rates of suicidality among gender minority individuals in the US, health insurance nondiscrimination policies may offer a mechanism for reducing barriers to care and mitigating discrimination.   September 2020
Away From Home Youth Experiences of Institutional Placements in Foster Care Sarah Fathallah & Sarah Sullivan Think Of Us led a team of seven researchers who conducted a study to understand the perspectives, attitudes, and experiences of young people with recent histories in institutional placements, and to understand their beliefs around reforming or ending institutional placements. The goal of this report is to share the stories and insights of youth with lived experience that surfaced during the study.  
Be True Be you LGBTQ Booklet Written to youth and young adults to provide an overview of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, coming out, LGBTQ+ and mental health, self-care, mental health services, and rights.  
Being Two Spirit: A Brief Explainer They’ve gone by a lot of names. They’ve endured colonialism and hatred. But they are still here and they are amazing. Here is a brief history of queer Native culture.   2017
Bending the Mold: An Action Kit for Transgender Students This toolkit is designed to assist transgender, gender non-conforming, questioning, and ally students to make school a safer place. Resources include how to advocate for change as well as an extensive list of resources to help you connect with the transgender community and find support.  
Breaking the Silence: LGBTQ Foster Youth Tell Their Stories Breaking the Silence: LGBTQ Foster Youth Tell Their Stories - Resource CD To ensure the most effective use of Breaking the Silence, each DVD comes packaged with a CD containing over 25 training tools and resources. These materials not only provide additional background and information for trainers who screen the DVD, but are meant to be distributed to those who are watching the DVD to supplement their knowledge and give them tools to put into action. Some resources will also assist administrators or managers in transforming their agencies into ones that have an organizational culture that is inclusive of LGBT youth.  
COVID-19 & LGBTQ Clients: Key Considerations HRC Foundation During this global crisis, child welfare organizations across the country continue to provide essential services to children, youth, and families. Social distancing requires new strategies for client engagement and creates new opportunities to ensure clients access services without encountering challenges related to their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. ACAF’s new tip sheet offers key areas to consider when working to mitigate these challenges through thoughtful action.   2020
COVID-19 Community Impact Survey (CCIS): Preliminary Analysis Results as of June 9, 2021 Selk, Sabrina Purpose and Approach of the Covid-19 Community Impact Survey (CCIS) Preliminary Findings- Population Spotlight: Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, & Transgender Identify Goals: 1) Identify the most pressing immediate and long-term health needs created by the pandemic, including its social and economic consequences 2) Determine which populations have been most disproportionately impacted LGBTQ+ adults and youth have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, particularly POC and persons of trans experience The need to prioritize inclusion of LGBTQ+ residents in all areas – families, schools, state entities, healthcare, social services, and data systems –   June 2021
CWLA Best Practice Guidelines: Serving LGBTQ Youth in Out-of-Home Care This easy-to-use resource contains the first-ever set of comprehensive professional guidelines for how child welfare and juvenile justice professionals can best serve LGBT youth in state care. The Best Practice Guidelines for Serving LGBT Youth in Out of Home Care developed out of recommendations from the Model Standards Project, a collaboration between Legal Services for Children and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.   2006
Caring for LGBTQ Children & Youth: A Guide for Child Welfare Providers This booklet was developed to provide information about the care and support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning children and youth. Unfortunately, we know LGBTQ youth are disproportionately represented in the child welfare system and often face discrimination and mistreatment in out-of-home care. This guide includes information on terminology and several basic, but key, tips on how to best support and care for LGBTQ children and youth.  


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