People in the LGBTQ+ community face higher rates of substance use disorders and other mental health issues than their non-LGBTQ+ peers. Exacerbating the problem, many LGBTQ+ individuals have additionally experienced discrimination, blame or complete denial of care from their healthcare provider due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.
To address this stigma and better serve the LGBTQ+ community, Gateway Foundation is opening Out in Recovery, a residential substance use treatment program for LGBTQ+ individuals. The program will launch late summer at our Lake Villa location.
We are now hiring a program director, an experienced therapist, counselor (LCPC), social worker (LCSW) or psychologist who will help guide this program to success. This leader will help develop curriculum and a program plan; manage and supervise staff; and engage with the community through presentations and other outreach efforts. This individual should also be able to demonstrate their experience and passion for working with the LGBTQ+ community. Learn more about the position here.
“Gateway Foundation has served patients from the LGBTQ+ community across the organization since the beginning,” Lake Villa Executive Director Karen Wolownik-Albert says, “but we are excited to develop and launch this specialized program which employs evidenced-based practices to meet the unique needs of the LGBTQ+ population.”