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Last Updated: 6/22/2012

SAMHSA’s Resource Center to Promote Acceptance,
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Resource Organizations

Rainbow Heights Club
The Rainbow Heights Club is a program for individuals with mental health issues who identify as part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. As a way of addressing some of the specific issues that LGBT people experience while receiving mental health support, the Rainbow Heights Club provides members with opportunities to socialize while being open about their identities. In this context they are able to access peer advocacy and support. On the Web site, they provide links to resources for consumers, resources for providers, and information on various club activities, including nutrition programs and a psychosocial support group.

Hearts & Ears, Inc.
Hearts & Ears, Inc. is a nonprofit organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) people with behavioral health problems and concerns. Hearts & Ears, Inc. strives to be a place where LGBTQ individuals feel safe and supported. The organization offers resources and information including referrals to general health and mental health providers, housing, education, and food and clothing assistance that is conscious of the specific needs and challenges of the LGBTQ community.

The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project seeks to stop suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. They provide support to individuals in a variety of ways including 24/7 support through their crisis intervention lifeline, an online question-and-answer resource for youth with questions about sexual orientation and gender identity, and educational programs to establish supportive environments for individuals.

SAMHSA's Co-Occuring and Homeless Activities Branch (CHAB)
SAMHSA's Co-Occuring and Homeless Activities Branch (CHAB) supports the work of SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment by promoting a public health approach to systems of care for persons with co-occurring disorders and persons who are homeless. CHAB develops policies and plans for the successful implementation of its programs; funds and oversees contracts and grant programs; provides technical assistance; and maintains and distributes information related to co-occurring and homeless issues.

Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN)
The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) is a non-governmental organization that works to achieve full equality, inclusion, and discrimination protection for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people in Ireland. It focuses on influencing policy and working with mainstream partner organizations. Its website features a section on behavioral health and well-being that includes a report and links to related organizations.

Time to Change
Time to Change is England's most ambitious program to end discrimination faced by people who experience mental health problems. With 35 projects led by Mind and Rethink, the program is backed by international evidence on what works and has at its heart people with direct experience with mental health problems.

FDA Office of Women's Health
The FDA Office of Women's Health offers information and resources for a variety of topics related to women's health. It offers free publications, including specific booklets and guides to help individuals understand and manage their medications. The Office's "Take Time to Care" (TTTC) Program works with local partners to reach out to communities to distribute their materials.

The Office on Women's Health in the Department of Health and Human Services
The campaign focuses on Healthy People 2010 objectives, the nation's health agenda. Through public/private partnerships campaign materials are distributed to local neighborhood groups and local media, trusted by minority women, so that the information can be transformed into formats and messages most appropriate for those individual communities.

Seattle Counseling Service for Sexual Minorities (SCSSM)
Seattle Counseling Service is a community resource that advocates, educates and serves to advance the social well being and mental health of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender communities.

Society for Women's Health Research
The Society for Women?s Health Research is the nation?s only non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the health of all women through research, education and advocacy. The Society encourages the study of sex differences between women and men that affect the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease.

California Black Women's Health Project
Founded in 1994, the California Black Women's Health Project (CABWHP) focuses on empowering black women to take personal responsibility for their own health and to advocate for changes in policies that adversely affect black women's health status.

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This Web site was developed under contract with the Office of Consumer Affairs in SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services. The views, opinions, and content provided on this Web site do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of SAMHSA or HHS. The resources listed in this Web site are not all-inclusive and inclusion on this Web site does not constitute an endorsement by SAMHSA or HHS.