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Virginia university launches LGBT-specific clinic

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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.

21
Aug
2013

Health, medication clinic opens in Richmond

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

RICHMOND, Va. — The Medical Center at Virginia Commonwealth University recently opened the region’s first behavioral health medication management clinic for LGBT patients, Richmond Magazine reported.

Operated by the VCU Department of Psychiatry, it’s located at the VCU Nelson Clinic (401 N. 11th St.) and will be open the first and third Tuesday of each month. A referral by a licensed therapist or counselor is required, the magazine reported. It opened in late August.

The clinic is the result of a collaboration between several VCU departments and the Fan Free Clinic, a regional agency that provides services for about 250 transgender clinets, the Magazine reported.

The clinic also strives to raise awareness of the mental health needs of the LGBT community and provides training opportunities for future health care professionals.

02
Oct
2013

VCU upholds firing of gay coach

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VCU women’s volleyball coach James Finley says he was fired because he’s gay. (Photo courtesy of Finley)

An investigation by Virginia Commonwealth University’s diversity office has determined that a decision in November to fire the gay coach of the women’s volleyball team was made “in compliance” with VCU’s employment policies, according to a statement by VCU President Michael Rao.

Coach James Finely, 52, who led his team to a 25-6 winning record in 2012, has accused the school’s recently appointed athletics director of declining to renew his contract because of Finely’s sexual orientation.

“The Office of Institutional Equity’s exhaustive investigation confirmed that the employment decision was made in accordance with VCU policies and not as the result of any discriminatory action by our athletic director,” Rao said in his statement.

“The investigation included fact-finding interviews with 16 individuals and a review of applicable personnel records,” the university said in the statement. “The investigation concluded that allegations of discrimination based on sexual orientation were unsubstantiated.”

It added, “The details of the report cannot be released publicly by VCU without the consent of the complainant because they include confidential personnel information.”

Athletic director Ed McLaughlin has said his reason for not renewing Finley’s contract was based on plans to take the volleyball program in a “different direction” and had nothing to do with the coach’s sexual orientation.

But Finley has said volleyball players on the team told him McLaughlin told them the university wants a coach who would “represent the university well,” a comment Finley interprets to mean a gay coach cannot represent the school favorably.

In his own statement responding to VCU’s decision to uphold his firing, Finley said he would review his options for challenging the university’s action with legal counsel.

“I’m obviously disappointed in the outcome of VCU’s initial investigation into my discrimination complaint,” he said. “I am dismayed by the poor quality of the investigative procedures followed and by numerous factual inaccuracies included in the report that appear to provide the basis for the conclusion reached,” he said.

Finley said he was especially troubled that procedures followed by the Office of Institutional Equity “provided me with no opportunity to respond to any of the erroneous information brought forward in the investigation to justify the action taken.”

Finley, who issued his statement through the LGBT advocacy group Get Equal, didn’t immediately say whether he would release the investigative report that VCU says was confidential.

02
Jan
2013