Outreach, which has provided addiction treatment services in the New York City metropolitan area since 1980, this week announced the establishment of a specialized program for the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) clients. A Dec. 15 news release from the organization states that the program's staff has been trained to address issues such as homophobia, the coming out process, and gender identity.
The organization, located in the Richmond Hill section of Queens, pledges to serve patients from throughout New York City and Long Island with a program that it calls the first of its kind in its home borough.
“Identified LGBTQ individuals who suffer from addiction have an acute need for treatment,” said Jill Mastrandrea, an Outreach counselor who will direct the program. “Many are not welcome in their family homes; they often live in shelters with little or no support.”
Services in the program will be offered in both English and Spanish, and will include individual, group and family counseling; vocational services; and nursing and psychiatric care. Outreach serves nearly 3,000 individuals and families a year in its various residential and outpatient programs.