Keystone Pride Recovery Initiative
The Keystone Pride Recovery Initiative (KPRI) addresses issues of access to and inclusion in behavioral health services for LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Intersex) consumers.
The Initiative develops recommendations that will benefit consumers seeking or being referred to behavioral health services throughout Pennsylvania by insuring quality care unimpeded by differences of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
Keystone Pride Recovery Initiative Trainings
Behavioral Health Services for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Intersex Individuals
The Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) recognizes the behavioral health disparities between the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and intersex (LGBTQI) population and the larger population it serves. The OMHSAS Deputy Secretary invited representatives of LGBTQI consumer communities and their advocates to form a workgroup to discuss needs, challenges and to make recommendations for improvement in behavioral health services. The purpose was to help ensure that OMHSAS, county mental health programs, behavioral health managed care organizations (BH-MCOs), and mental health provider agencies improve access to and quality of treatment and care for LGBTQI consumers.
The workgroup convened in December 2008 and met for six months. It included LGBTQI consumers, family members, advocates, county representatives, BH-MCOs, OMHSAS staff, and academics. The work group later named themselves Keystone Pride Recovery Initiative.
Recommendations presented to OMHSAS
The work group accomplished their goal with the publication of Issues of Access to and Inclusion in Behavioral Health Services for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Intersex Consumers (LGBTQI).
They then turned their time and attention to writing policy and developing training. A small grant was obtained to support the policy work, which was completed when two draft bulletins were given to OMHSAS in fall 2010 and subsequently published:
- Non-Discrimination Toward Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Questioning and Intersex People
- Guidelines to Ensure Affirmative Environments and Clinically Appropriate Services for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Questioning and Intersex Consumers and Their Families
In addition to the bulletins, the work group encouraged OMHSAS to issue a position paper on Conversion Therapy, which was also published in 2010.
Web based training
The Web based LGBTQI curriculum, Creating a Welcoming and Affirming Environment, a 2.5 hour training on LGBTQI, is available online.
Diversity education is broadening to include not only competencies pertaining to sexual orientation but also fundamental issues of gender identity and biological variation. Creating a non-judgmental and affirming environment for all persons enhances provider’s service delivery and the individual’s care seeking behavior. The focus of this course is on helping you and your program respect and support diversity both in your colleagues and those to whom you provide services. This training can serve as an overview for newer practitioners and programs or as a review for those already practicing these principles.
The LGBTQI training course consists of five parts:
- Reviewing cultural competency standards and appreciating diversity;
- Citing terminology and the persons behind the descriptive words;
- Exploring coming out, and the benefits of and barriers to this process;
- Examining our own issues regarding sexuality and gender differences – our beliefs and values;
- Discussing what we can do to be truly welcoming and affirming
A SAMHSA Consumer Network grant awarded to the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Association made possible the curriculum development partnership with Drexel University, College of Medicine, Behavioral Healthcare Education. This 2.5 hour training was developed by people with lived mental health experience who are part of the LGBTQI community.
LGBTQI Training or On-Site Training
These trainings are available for a fee to providers, health care organizations and others interested in learning more about how to create engaging and affirmative environments for people who are LGBTQI.
Keystone Pride Recovery Initiative Logo Description
The Keystone Pride Recovery Initiative (KPRI) logo is set on the outline of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania shield. In the middle of the shield are the initials "KPRI", the acronym for Keystone Pride Recovery Initiative. Across the top of the image is a line of people in various poses of joyousness, all with their arms in the air. The images of people are in varying shades of the red, yellow, green and blue color palette, representing the colors of the rainbow. In the community the colors of the people in the image represent the colors of the rainbow flag, the flag of the LBGTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning) community.