Due to a current lack of funding for additional sessions, E/Quality Care is on hiatus.

We hope to continue training behavioral health providers in best practices for caring for LGBTQ mental health consumers in the future. Thank you for your interest in affirming and culturally competent services for LGBTQ mental health consumers.



A Smooth Transition:
Welcoming Transgender Individuals Into Care and
Assisting with Birth Certificate Gender Marker Corrections

A 90 Minute Training for NYC-DOHMH Funded Behavioral Health Providers

Intended Audience: This 90 minute interactive training is designed for social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, case managers, CASACs, mental health counselors, and other health and human services providers who are impacted by amendments to Article 207 of the New York City Health Code. 

Overview: Gender Expression Non-Discrimination legislation in New York City mandates that individuals be housed and treated as the gender they perceive themselves to be.  Additionally, recent amendments to the NYC Health Code, Article 207 have removed significant barriers once faced by transgender individuals when attempting change information contained on their original certificate of birth as it applies to gender. 

In line with these developments, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is providing these trainings free of charge to help its funded behavioral health service providers better serve their transgender consumers and assist them with obtaining the documentation necessary to correct the gender marker on their birth certificates.
Over a dozen trainings will be held in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and Staten Island during the months of May and June. Please see the schedule below for a date and location that is convenient for you.

Learning Objectives
Since a number of key issues that apply to transgender clients are relevant to lesbian, gay, and bisexual people as well, participants will receive a brief overview of the prevalence of LGBT clients, their increased risk for mental health and co-occurring disorders across the lifespan, and the kind of obstacles they often face when seeking care.  Training participants will also receive extensive information about the wide range of ways in which people experience and express their gender. 

PLEASE NOTE: Registration is limited to New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene funded behavioral health providers.
So that we may evaluate the effectiveness of our trainings, all participants will be asked to complete a short pre- and post-training questionaire.


About the Presenter

Photo of Executive Director Chritian HuygenChristian Huygen, Ph.D.

Christian Huygen, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, and the executive director of Rainbow Heights Club, a groundbreaking, publicly funded psychosocial and support agency specifically serving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people living with mental illness.

Rainbow Heights Club now serves over 650 members, over 90% of whom state that they are able to stay free of hospitalization and in the community because of the support that they reserve there.

Drawing on over 15 years of experience providing support and advocacy services for LGBT people living with severe mental illness Dr. Huygen developed and implemented a cultural competency program on LGBT mental health issues for mainstream care providers. These trainings have now been presented to over 3,000 individuals in 250 agencies, universities, hospitals and clinics as well as in numerous webinars for NYS Office of Mental Health and NYSOFA.

Dr. Huygen has served as provider co-chair of the LGBT Citywide Committee of the Federation of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene since 2006, and was the lead organizer for all three citywide E/Quality Care Conferences on LGBT affirming mental health, developmental disability, substance abuse and alcoholism services and serves on the New York State Office of Mental Health’s Multicultural Advisory Committee. He co-chairs the Technical Assistance Committee of the NY State LGBT Health and Human Services Network, and helped to oversee a statewide assessment of the health and human service needs of LGBT New Yorkers, as well as a Blueprint for Meeting LGBT Health and Human Service Needs in New York State.

For more information about this training please contact Kevin Garrity | 718.852.5210 | kevingarrity@rainbowheights.org

Rainbow Heights Club has been providing psychosocial support services for over 10 years to LGBT adults who are living with serious mental illness.  Our services are provided free of charge. Affirming treatment works!  As a result of our support, 90% of our clients are able to remain out of the hospital and in the community every year.

Part of Rainbow Heights Club's mission is to provide non-LGBT providers of mental health services with the tools and skills necessary to work effectively with LGBT mental health consumers throughout New York City. For more information on the consumer based services that RHC offers LGBT mental health consumers, please visit our website www.rainbowheights.org

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Funding for the development and evaluation of these trainings provided by:
Johnson Family Foundation

  Funding for these trainings provided by:
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Division of Mental Health