VCU To Offer LGBT Behavioral Health Clinic

VCU LogoOn Tuesday, Aug. 20, Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center will be the first in the region to offer a behavioral health medication management clinic exclusive to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.  Operated by the VCU Department of Psychiatry, the clinic opens the first and third Tuesday of each month at the VCU Nelson Clinic, 401 N. 11th St., in Richmond. The department collaborated with the VCU Center for Psychological Services and Development, VCU’s Health Collective and the Fan Free Clinic. Patients will need a referral from their therapist or counselor for this clinic.  The idea of a culturally competent psychopharmacology clinic was created in response to the lack of psychiatric services and trained staff supporting the LGBT community in Central Virginia according to Isaac Wood, M.D.  Wood is a professor, senior associate dean for medical education and student affairs in the VCU School of Medicine and attending physician of the clinic.  The clinic's aim is to raise awareness of the unique mental health needs of this community and provide culturally sensitive training opportunities for young health care professionals For more information on the clinic, visit VCU News Services.