Dr. Andrew Mendonsa, COO, Shares 4 Ways to Improve Care for LGBTQ+ Clients with Forbes

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SACRAMENTO, CA, June 28, 2021 — Essential Behavioral Health, a leading behavioral health with facilities in Sacramento and Fair Oaks, received recognition this week for its leadership in LGBTQ+ care. Dr. Andrew Mendonsa, the facility’s Chief Operating Officer, wrote an article for Forbes offering four ways the healthcare industry can improve care for patients who identify as LGBTQ+.

“Healthcare leaders can better serve the LGBTQ+ community by becoming more educated about the issues that members face and learning how to provide more personalized, considerate and effective care,” Dr. Mendonsa wrote. His advice includes understanding why LGBTQ+ sensitivity matters, providing ongoing education for staff, and creating an inclusive environment. He also advises developing a robust referral network.

Above all, however, he emphasizes the need for personalized care — a cornerstone of programs at Essential Behavioral Health.

“Whether a client is experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma or substance use, each will have a unique set of circumstances and goals that inform their treatment,” Dr. Mendonsa wrote. “Even as I and others in the healthcare industry strive to provide better treatment to the LGBTQ+ community as a whole, we must continue to see every client as a unique individual. Read the full article on Forbes.

Essential Behavioral Health is committed to serving its LGBTQ+ clients in a safe and supportive environment, both at its outpatient facility in Sacramento and its detox center in Fair Oaks. To learn more about programs available at Essential Behavioral Health and the specific ways we support the LGBTQ+ community, call us at 916-297-6028.

About Essential Behavioral Health 

Essential Behavioral Health, a subsidiary of Sprout Health Group, provides highly personalized, evidence-based treatment for substance use disorders with enhanced co-occurring mental health offerings. The outpatient facility in Sacramento provides structured drug rehab for clients who need flexible care, while its inpatient facility in Fair Oaks offers medically supervised, residential care for clients who need to start their treatment with detox. As with all Sprout Health Group facilities in California, Essential Behavioral Health is licensed by the California Department of Health Care Services and accredited by The Joint Commission.