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Maddi Behrouzmand-Stratton, Advocacy Program Manager and GHC peer advocate. 

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Please fill out this form to get signed up for hormones, letters, legal name and gender marker change and more!

 

COVID-19 UPDATE

At this time advocacy services are provided by appointment only.

If coming in for an in-person appointment, masks are required. Do not come in if you are feeling sick. If you are not able to make it in for a scheduled in-person appointment, contact front desk at 916-455-2391 about switching to a virtual appointment as soon as possible.

 

Nghĩa Á Nguyễn, Community Advocacy/Mobilization Coordinator and GHC peer advocate.

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Ayotunde Khyree Ikuku, Our Co-Director of Advocacy.

Our advocacy program was created to address a need in our community, Life is complicated and once in a while we all need a little help figuring out what to do next. Our advocacy program may be able to help, it's totally free.


Transition is a personal process that is different for everyone. As with many things in life, there is more than one road to take and none of them are wrong.

The program works to connect community members with community resources, and to assist community members in navigating all GHC services when appropriate, such as counseling, name and gender change assistance, health care navigation, referral to legal aid, health care enrollment, hormone clinic and other GHC Services.

 

What We do:

 

For some of our services, we will be encouraging self advocacy/Navigation and we will be providing the information and tools needed. More in depth support will be provided on a case by case basis, and when there are barriers in place that restrict or prevent your ability to navigate on your own. 

 

  • Health Care and Mental Health Care Navigation

    • Medi-Cal and Covered California Enrollment

    • Navigating the healthcare system.

    • Finding an affirming primary care provider.

    • Access to gender affirming hormones.

    • Navigating the health care system to access medically necessary care (hormones, surgeries, and other gender affirming procedures).

    • Signing up for letter assessment appointments/letter clinic at Gender Health Center.

    • Finding affirming therapists and psychiatrists

    • Support in filing grievances and appeals with health plans.

    • Referral to legal aid (and other legal resources) for health care issues such as discrimination and denials of service.


 

  • Legal Name and Gender Marker Change Support

    • Providing information and resources to support in changing name and gender marker through court system and on identity documents.

    • Signing up for virtual legal name and gender marker clinic.

    • Legal referral and advocacy for any legal barriers that exist to changing name and gender marker.

 

  • Legal Resource Navigation

    • Legal Name and Gender Marker Change Support

    • Referral to Legal resources (including legal aid organizations)

 

  • Linkages to community resources

 

What We Don't Do at this time

 

  • Housing Case Management (we will provide linkages to community resources).

  • Employment Case Management (we will provide linkages to community resources).

  • Transporting (to include transportation to  appointments, surgery consultants, etc).

  • Providing Bus Passes (contact our Respite department for this)

  • We will always make sure to refer to community resources for anything we cant support directly with

 
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hours

HOURS OF OPERATION

Mon - Fri

9am to 6pm

Closed at Noon for Lunch

Building open by appointment only.

To connect with an advocate please fill out the form at the above callback waitlist.