Legal Issues for Programs Treating LGBT Clients Aberdeen SD

Two Federal (and a number of State) statutes protect recovering substance abusers from many forms of discrimination. However, in most areas of the country, LGBT individuals have no legal protection against discrimination in employment, housing, or access to social services. Protections fought for and won by women, racial minorities, and individuals with disabilities simply are not available for LGBT persons.

Avera Saint Lukes
(605) 622-5960x5960
1400 15th Avenue NW
Aberdeen, SD
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, DUI/DWI offenders

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Counseling Resources
(605) 331-2419
707 East 41st Street
Sioux Falls, SD
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
DUI/DWI offenders
Language Services
Spanish

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Volunteers of America Dakotas
(605) 357-0990
826 West 2nd Street
Sioux Falls, SD
Hotline
(605) 334-1414
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Halfway house
Types of Care
Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)
Special Programs/Groups
Pregnant/postpartum women, Women, Residential beds for clients' children

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South Dakota Human Services Center
(605) 668-3137
3515 Broadway Avenue
Yankton, SD
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Hospital inpatient
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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Bowling Green Inn of SD
(605) 987-2751x107
1010 East 2nd Street
Canton, SD
Hotline
(605) 987-2751
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Detoxification, Buprenorphine Services
Types of Care
Hospital inpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Women, Men, Criminal justice clients

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Avera Saint Lukes
(605) 622-5800
1400 15th Avenue NW
Aberdeen, SD
Hotline
(800) 952-2250
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less), Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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Life Light Counseling Inc
(605) 996-2070
317 West Havens Avenue
Mitchell, SD
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Women, Men, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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Three Rivers Mental Health and
(605) 374-3862
11 East 4th Street
Lemmon, SD
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, DUI/DWI offenders

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Adolescent Chemical Dependency Program
(605) 668-3315
3315 Broadway Avenue
Yankton, SD
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Hospital inpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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Aberdeen Area Youth Regional Trt Ctr
(605) 845-7181
12451 Highway 1806
Mobridge, SD
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less), Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents

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Legal Issues for Programs Treating LGBT Clients

Legal Issues for Programs Treating LGBT Clients

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals with substance abuse problems are doubly stigmatized. As substance abusers, they are viewed by many as weak in character and moral fiber. As lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals, they are reviled by some as deviant and immoral. They may encounter bigotry from employers, human service workers, criminal justice officials, the general public, and even their own families.

Two Federal (and a number of State) statutes protect recovering substance abusers from many forms of discrimination. However, in most areas of the country, LGBT individuals have no legal protection against discrimination in employment, housing, or access to social services. Protections fought for and won by women, racial minorities, and individuals with disabilities simply are not available for LGBT persons. Disclosure of sexual orientation can lead to an individual’s being fired or being denied access to housing and social services—all with legal impunity. LGBT individuals may even lose custody of their children if their sexual orientation becomes known during a custody dispute.

Even in those States that have enacted statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, LGBT individuals have sometimes been denied protection. Little wonder that LGBT individuals regard protecting information about their sexual orientation and substance abuse histories as criticall...

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