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Brattleboro Retreat Develops Innovative Gay, Lesbian & Transgender Unit

Program services will include psychological and medical evaluation, around-the-clock acute hospital care, drug and alcohol detox/short-term stabilization, medication management, group and individual therapy and therapeutic recreation along with after care planning that is tailored to the needs of LGBT individuals, according to literature received from the Retreat.

"The environment of care will be 100 percent LGBT affirmative," said Dr. Praus said in a statment released by the Retreat. "Every member of the Retreat's clinical team has been carefully selected for this program and is trained in sensitivity to LGBT issues. We will be able to accomplish results that are often impossible for patients in 'mixed' clinical settings. In addition to excellent clinical care, the support and acceptance patients share with each other plays a powerful role in the healing process."

One of the unit staff members, mental health worker Lori Weber, is also an accomplished artist, and has painted three murals throughout the unit that help create a welcoming, friendly and bright atmosphere.

Other members of the Retreat's LGBT clinical leadership team include Susan Pickford, RN, nurse manager, and Erica Masson, a LICSW, lead social worker.

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