Va. medical center to operate clinic exclusive to LGBT community


RICHMOND Va. — The Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center will open a behavioral health medication management clinic next week, the first in the region established exclusive to the LGBT community.

The clinic will offer psychopharmacology services for the LGBT community, raise awareness and treat the mental health needs of the community at large, according to a VCU spokesperson.

The department collaborated with the VCU Center for Psychological Services and Development, VCU’s Health Collective and the Fan Free Clinic to establish the clinic in response to the lack of psychiatric services and trained staff supporting the LGBT community in central Virginia.

VCU’s Department of Psychiatry will operate the clinic, which will be offered the first and third Tuesday of the month at the university’s Nelson Clinic in Richmond.

The clinic will seek to raise awareness of the mental-health needs of the community and provide culturally sensitive training opportunities for young health-care professionals.

New patients will need a referral by a licensed therapist or counselor.

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