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Mental Health and OUD: Working with LGBTQ+ Individuals
Substance use disorders and opioid use disorders are more common in LGBTQ individuals with comorbid mental illness. In addition, many treatment programs do not have the culturally sensitive resources to adequately treat LGBTQ patients and are not aware of resources available for those who may have other underlying conditions or adverse histories. Micro-aggressions and discrimination in MAT practice can negatively impact treatment and recovery from substance use disorders, therefore it is essential for practitioners to have a greater understanding of this minority population.
Target Audience
Physicians, nurse practitioners or other advanced practice nurses, PAs, psychologists, pharmacists, and healthcare teams.
Petros Levounis, MD
Credit Designations Available
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, Nursing Contact Hours, AAPA Category 1 CME credit, Pharmacy Continuing Education Credit, CEUs for psychology and Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit.
Core Competencies as a result of participating in this activity
Interpersonal Skills and Communication
Medical Knowledge
Systems-based practice
Educational Objectives
Cite two specific interventions that clinicians can use to create a welcoming environment for LGBTQ patients.
Describe three unique mental health and substance use problems in LGBTQ populations.
Provide ways in which one’s sexual orientation and gender identity/expression might affect a patient’s treatment/recovery from opioid use disorder.
Discuss culturally informed and culturally sensitive counseling to LGBTQ people.
Method of participating in the learning process
In order to receive maximum credit, learners must:

1. Review the materials provided in this module.
2. Complete knowledge-based assessment questions to assess both prior knowledge and knowledge change following the activity
3. Complete an evaluation to assess satisfaction and plans for individual and/or team practice change.
4. Follow instructions at the end of the course regarding how to retrieve a certificate.*

*Credit will not be awarded unless all components of the program are completed. Partial credit will not be awarded.
Availability: Retired
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
No Credit Offered
The content on this site is intended solely to inform and educate medical professionals. This site shall not be used for medical advice and is not a substitute for the advice or treatment of a qualified medical professional.

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant nos. 1H79TI086770 and 1H79TI085588 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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