YMSM + LGBT Center of Excellence
The Center of Excellence on Racial and Ethnic Minority Young Men Who Have Sex with Men and Other Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations (YMSM+LGBT CoE) was established to help providers develop skills to deliver culturally-responsive and evidence based prevention and treatment services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations dealing with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. Additionally, the CoE will provide a variety of innovative training and technical assistance resources, including training curricula, webinars, and a website clearinghouse to help providers working with LGBT populations and racial/ethnic minority young men who have sex with men (ages 18-26). The Center of Excellence is funded by SAMHSA as a supplement to the Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center, in partnership with the National American Indian and Alaska Native ATTC and the Northeast and Caribbean ATTC. Two curricula are being developed during the first year of the project. The first curriculum will be an extensive revision to The Provider’s Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals (2001). It will help providers to develop skills in delivering culturally responsive prevention and treatment services for the LGBT population, especially those dealing with co-occurring substance use, mental health disorders (COD), and/or physical health disorders. The second curriculum will provide training and technical assistance to service providers designed to help them decrease the rate of substance abuse and new HIV infections among racial/ethnic minority YMSM clients. Under the YMSM+LGBT Resources tab you will be able to access training curricula, evidence-based practice manuals, research article abstracts, and links to service organizations that serve the target populations to enhance capacity to provide culturally responsive services.