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.
- Go to the online LGBTQI training.
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.