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Announcement From Seattle Counseling Service for Sexual Minorities

January 10, 2003

Seattle Counseling Service for Sexual Minorities (SCSSM), a mental health agency serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community of the Greater Seattle Area, announces that it will now partner with the Center for Human Services to continue chemical dependency services previously provided by Stonewall Recovery Services.

"Stonewall Recovery Services will be missed by all of us. We regret the loss of this important organization," says Ann McGettigan, Executive Director of Seattle Counseling Service. "Through this new partnership with the Center for Human Services, SCS will be able to support the continuity of quality services for the LGBT community."

The continuation of chemical dependency services sensitive to the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons is vital for the overall social health and well being of that community. Seattle Counseling Service is proud to host these essential services.

Seattle Counseling Service for Sexual Minorities has been serving the LGBT community since its inception in 1969 as the first peer counseling service of its kind in the United States. SCSSM offers individual therapy/case management, group and family counseling, psychiatric services and consultation on sexual minority issues. In an effort to serve all clients regardless of income, SCSSM offers a low-end sliding scale and accepts Medicaid as well as most insurance plans. Other funding options include a Ryan White grant for people with HIV/AIDS; a sexual assault grant for survivors of sexual abuse or sexual assault; and a domestic violence grant for gay male victims of same-sex domestic violence.

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Ann McGettigan also informs us that SCSSM will take over Project Neon, "the transition is being worked on," Ann says and she added "we are very excited about continuing and helping provide this very important service." A formal announcement will be sent to the community in the upcoming weeks.




  
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This article was provided by Seattle Treatment Education Project. It is a part of the publication STEP Ezine.
 
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