Behavioral Health Care Work and Resources

The Center of Excellence on LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity 


The National SOGIE Center is proud to lead The Center of Excellence on LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity, which provides behavioral health practitioners with vital information on supporting the population of people identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, two-spirit, and other diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions. Through free training, monthly webinars and panelsresources, and technical assistance, we are implementing change strategies within mental health and substance use disorder treatment systems to address disparities affecting LGBTQ+ people across all stages of life. 

Use the tabs below to browse the Center's recorded webinars & panels by population/topic.

Learning Community on Safe & Effective LGBTQ+ Data Collection 

This groundbreaking Learning Community (LC) was led by the National SOGIE Center, with funding support from the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. The recorded learning community provides learners the opportunity to hear from experts in the field on serving LGBTQ+ populations and collecting sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) data in safe and effective ways. Registrants will gain access to the monthly recorded presentations, recorded office hours, and helpful tools such as a self-assessment and innovative supervisor’s guide.

The topics covered in this learning community are: 

  • Creating a Client Experience that Communicates Safety and Respect
  • Self-Assessments for Readiness
  • Documenting SOGI on Forms and in Electronic Medical Records
  • Having Conversations about SOGI, Privacy, and Partial Disclosure
  • Safeguarding SOGI Information in Anti-LGBTQ+ Environments
  • Discussing SOGI with Children, Youth, and Families
  • Supervising and Coaching the Workforce on SOGI Discussions
  • Let’s Talk to Families About SOGI 
  • Quarterly Office Hours and Tools
Watch the Learning Community Kick-Off Video Now

Important Information on Gender-Affirming Care

Supporting Trans Youth 

On June 24, 2021, the Center of Excellence hosted a discussion on supporting trans and gender diverse youth in the midst of record-breaking years for anti-trans legislation. This webpage was developed to house up-to-date peer-reviewed articles clinicians can use to better meet the needs young trans people. To see a comprehensive list of federal guidance on supporting LGBTQ+ young people, visit our Federal Guidance on Gender-Affirming Care page. 

Statements of Support from Professional Associations 

Recommended Animations

This Center of Excellence video reviews basic terminology that is important to know when working with people who have diverse sexual orientations or gender identities. This terminology includes sex assigned at birth, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and more. The video is offered in EnglishSpanishPortuguese, and French

Millions of LGBTQ+ older adults are resilient survivors who have faced significant discrimination in life and when seeking social supports and health care. The Center of Excellence on LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity and the E4 Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Disparities in Aging are committed to ensuring that all older adults get optimal healthcare and have created an animated short outlining best practices for providers to assure equitable and LGBTQ+ affirming care for all.

Watch our animated short, Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth Starts at Home. This animation focuses on the impact of rejection children, youth, and young adults can experience in their homes and communities and provides examples and strategies to promote support, acceptance and affirmation of youth with diverse SOGIE.

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