August 21, 2013 | by Staff reports
Virginia university launches LGBT-specific clinic
Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, VCU, Richmond, gay news, Washington Blade

Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center is set to become the first in the region to offer an LGBT-specific behavioral health medication management clinic. (Photo by Firefox13 via Wikimedia Commons)

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center this week was set to become the first in the region to offer an LGBT-specific behavioral health medication management clinic, the school announced this week.

Operated by the school’s Department of Psychology, the clinic was scheduled to open Tuesday at the University’s Nelson Clinic and available the first and third Tuesday of every month.

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, Isaac Wood, senior associate dean for medical education and student affairs at the School of Medicine and attending physician of the clinic, said in a statement.

The clinic seeks to raise awareness of the unique mental health needs of the community and provide culturally sensitive training opportunities for young health care professionals, the school said in its announcement.

All new patients will need a referral by a licensed therapist or counselor, the university announced. For more information or a referral, the university says to contact the Department of Psychiatry’s intake line at 804-828-2000.

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