Assessments with LGBTQ Youth

Session Number: LGBT1
Track: Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender Issues
Session Type: TIG Multipaper
Session Chair: Elizabeth Scott [Independent Consultant - JackPine Consulting]
Discussant: Saúl Isaac Maldonado [San Diego State University]
Presenter 1: Amanda Marie Jones [Senior Research Associate - MANILA Consulting Group, Inc.]
Presenter 2: India D. Rose [Adolescent Health Senior Associate - ICF International]
Presentation 1 Additional Author: Amanda Marie Jones [Senior Research Associate - MANILA Consulting Group, Inc.]
Presentation 1 Additional Author: Sean Lare
Presentation 2 Additional Author: India D. Rose [Adolescent Health Senior Associate - ICF International]
Presentation 2 Additional Author: Catherine Lesesne [Technical Director - ICF International]
Presentation 2 Additional Author: Lisa Carver
Time: Oct 26, 2016 (04:30 PM - 06:00 PM)
Room: M108

Abstract 1 Title: Needs Assessment of Behavioral Health Services for LGBTQ Youth in Baltimore, MD
Presentation Abstract 1:

As lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) identities become more accepted in society, evaluators are presented with opportunities to assess how well available community supports serve this population. In 2015, the agency managing Baltimore’s behavioral health system hired evaluators to conduct a needs assessment of behavioral health services for LGBTQ youth.  Qualitative analysis of data from focus groups with behavioral health providers (N=42) and an LGBTQ young adult advisory panel (N=4) revealed that behavioral health services for LGBTQ youth could be improved through increases in education and training, increased supports, and improved access to resources and information for providers, LGBTQ youth and families, and schools. This presentation will summarize the evaluation methods and results, as well as the challenges evaluators encountered fulfilling two client requirements: that LGBTQ youth voices be incorporated into the evaluation design, and that the recommendations be easy for the client to understand and implement.  


Abstract 2 Title: School Climate Assessment: A New Method for Evaluating School Climate for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth
Presentation Abstract 2:

The school environment can be challenging for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). There are contextual and environmental factors present at school that can undermine the sense of safety and support felt by LGBT students. In order to assess LGBT school climate, it is important to examine this range of factors. In response to this need, ICF International, Hetrick-Martin Institute, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, developed an evaluative tool called the School Climate Assessment (SCA). The SCA is a mixed-method tool designed to provide a systematic assessment of what schools are doing to ensure a safe and supportive environment for LGBT students. The SCA focuses specifically on five domains: Policy, Practice, Programs, Professional Development, and Place (physical environment). Presenters will describe the SCA development, domains, and lessons learned in the piloting of this tool with 7 high schools.


Presentation 2 Other Authors: Lillian Rivera, Wyeth,
Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract: 

LGBT Multipaper Session