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LGBT-TRISTAR

 

The technical assistance and training services provided by Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc. and packaged as LGBT-TRISTAR are no longer offered.  They were originally developed to improve service access and cultural competency in the delivery of alcohol and other drug (AOD) prevention, treatment and recovery support services, for California’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) population. This program of services was originally supported through funding under a contract between the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP), now no longer existing, and Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc. Since December 2012, these services have been provided gil Gerald & Associates, Inc. for a fee, and are no longer available free of charge.

The effort to make alcohol and other drug (AOD)-related prevention, treatment and recovery services more accessible to and effective for California’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals had a history in which the LGBT Constituent Committee, an advisory group to Director of the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, played a critical role. Their 2004 report, Invisible Californians, speaks to how much needed be done to address complex needs arising out of a very diverse LGBT community, with distinctly different AOD related prevention, treatment and service needs, made even more challenging due past and continuing ostracism. A more recent assessment, Insightful Partnerships, was developed by Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc. to help focus the services of LGBT-TRISTAR between 2007 and 2010. 

Beginning in January 2011, and ending in November 2012, LGBT-TRISTAR was a partner in a collaboration led by ONTRACK Program Resources, under contract to the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP). This collaboration, Community Alliance for CLAS, had as its purpose to build capacity among AOD prevention, treatment and recovery support services providers to implement the Federal Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) standards. 

Under the mission of Community Alliance for CLAS, LGBT-TRISTAR provided services to build capacity among AOD services providers to serve California's very diverse population, including LGBT individuals and families.  Since December 2012, LGBT-TRISTAR provided technical assistance and training services, short term, to the Massachussets Department of Public Health.