FULTON, Mo. - Fulton State Hospital has received leader status from PROMO Fund, joining the growing ranks of hospitals across Missouri in updating policies to better serve its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients.

In a press release issued today, PROMO, Missouri's statewide LGBT advocacy organization, applauded the efforts taken by the hospital to ensure that all of its patients are able to receive the care they need, free from discrimination. All together, PROMO Fund has worked with 52 Missouri hospitals to incorporate 120 LGBT welcoming policies across the state.

Among the policy changes that will affect Fulton State Hospital (FSA) includes updates to both its patient and employee nondiscrimination protections to include gender identity, along with each LGBT policy being readily accessible to all of their 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.

Though state law still does not protect against LGBT discrimination, Fulton State Hospital has gone above and beyond to make sure their facility remains LGBT welcoming to all that seek care. The actions taken by the Cultural Competence Council, who reviewed PROMO’s request for consideration, demonstrates their acceptance and willingness to work together to help create environments where LGBT patients and employees thrive.

"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," added Andrew Shaughnessy, Public Policy Manager of PROMO. "In doing so, FSH created a welcoming facility where LGBT Missourians can seek care and work, without the fear of discrimination.”



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