Programs and Services for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
People with Mental Health and/or Substance Abuse Issues
Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) have begun in DMHAS state-operated facilities. GSAs support people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and their allies by creating safe environments in mental health and substance abuse facilities to support each other.
Recovery is a challenging process. So is the process of coming out as being lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. We have found that having a safe space for people to be supported within our treatment facilities is very helpful.
GSAs are not just for LGBT people. Allies of LGBT people are welcomed and an important part of the mission of GSAs. Partnership with allies provides mutual support to LGBT people and our allies.
Our hope is one day GSAs will exist throughout the DMHAS system.
For assistance in starting or resources to maintain GSAs, please contact:
Richard Stillson, Ph.D.
River Valley Services
Current DMHAS Gay/Straight Alliances:
- Greater Bridgeport Mental Health YAS:
- Western Community Mental Health Network – Waterbury YAS:
- Capitol Region Mental Health Center:
- Community Health Resources:
- Lifeline Program of Wheeler Clinic:
- United Services, Inc. of Willimantic YAS:
- Institute of Living:
- Private Non-profits:
- Southeastern Mental Health Authority:
- Reliance House:
Links to LGBT Community Organizations, LGBT Mental Health & Substance Abuse Facilities:
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