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OYA's Gender Identity Committee was created in 2015 to make decisions and respond to youth requests in a gender-affirming manner while protecting the wellbeing of all youth in OYA custody. The committee meets at least quarterly. The GIC core members include:
Gender Identity Committee request form
OYA also has a LGBTQ+ advisory committee for members of the outside community to help inform the agency's policy.
Membership of LGBTQ+ Advisory Group:
OYA also contracts with providers in the community. This includes therapists who have expertise in meeting the needs of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as volunteers who come into OYA facilities to host support groups and events.
Rivera House is a
residential program run by Janus Youth Programs for LGBTQ+ youth. Read more about it on our blog.
To learn more about Rivera House, contact:Monica MoranCommunity Resources Specialist503-931-9561Monica.email@example.com
OYA's Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR) helps coordinate special events, activities, and celebrations at OYA facilities, including:
According to OYA caseworkers in a 2018 biannual survey:
OYA follows Oregon Health Plan guidelines and best practices regarding gender dysphoria, hormone therapy, and other transition health provisions for LGBTQ+ youth.
OYA contracts with medical providers as well as therapists who have expertise in gender identity.
YA 1504: Gender Identity Committee request form
Meeting LGBTQQI and Gender Nonconforming Youth Needs
24-hour TrevorLifeline: 1-866-488-738624-hour TrevorText: Text START to 678678Crisis Text Line: Text START to 741-741The GLBT National Youth Talkline (serving youth through age 25): 800-246-7743National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
Transgender-informed Mental Health Providers in the Willamette Valley:
OHSU Transgender Health Program:
https://www.ohsu.edu/transgender-healthNew Avenues for Youth Sexual and Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC):
https://www.pdxqcenter.org/Basic Rights Oregon:
http://www.basicrights.org/TransActive Gender Project:
World Professional Assoc. for Transgender Health (WPATH):
https://www.wpath.org/National LGBTQ Task Force:
https://www.thetaskforce.org/It Gets Better Project:
https://itgetsbetter.org/The Trevor Project:
https://pflag.org/ (Local chapters all over Oregon)Resource Guide for LGBTQ+ Students: couponfollow.com/research/resources-guide-for-lgbtq-students
OYA is in need of foster parents for our LGBTQ+ youth. If you are interested, please visit our foster care page.
OYA is always looking for volunteers to serve as community mentors. Learn more at our volunteer page.
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