Fulton state hospital includes LGBT nondiscrimination in policies
FULTON - Fulton State Hospital updated their policies in order to ensure LGBT patients can receive care without discrimination.
PROMO Fund, a Missouri advocate organization for LGBT equality, reviewed the hospital's new policies and awarded it with leader status in LGBT health.
The new policies include updates to both patient and employee nondiscrimination protections to include gender identity. Each LGBT policy will also be readily accessible to all patients.
"At Fulton State Hospital we strive to provide hope and inspire recovery, which can only happen in a place that is welcoming to all. The work of administration, the Cultural Competence Council, and the entire FSH community has made us a leader in creating a place welcoming to LGBT individuals, both staff and clients." said Stacie Bickel, Chairman of the Cultural Competence Council at Fulton State Hospital.
State law does not protect against LGBT discrimination.
Andrew Shaughnessy, Public Policy Manager of PROMO, concluded, "As a state-run facility, Fulton State Hospital has gone above and beyond state law to ensure all of its patients and employees are protected from discrimination. In doing so, FSH created a welcoming facility where LGBT Missourians can seek care and work, without the fear of discrimination."