Who We Are
Rainbow Heights Club, located in Brooklyn, New York, is a support and advocacy program for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender consumers of mental health services. We provide socialization, peer support, and a safe place to take the next step on the road to emotional recovery and wellness.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender non-conforming people who also experience major mental illness face many difficult challenges. In hospitals, clinics and day treatment programs, they may feel uncomfortable talking about their identities and experiences as LGBTQ people.
You may have hidden your sexual identity from other consumers, or from your doctor, nurse or therapist. You may have felt alone, scared or misunderstood. Similarly, in LGBT community centers and other environments, you may have been reluctant to talk about the parts of your life that have been affected by your mental illness and recovery, because you were afraid that other people in the community would not understand or accept you.
Rainbow Heights Club provides a supportive and encouraging environment where you can be fully
yourself and begin to heal.
Rainbow Heights Club is a project of the Brooklyn based, Heights Hill Mental Health Service, South Beach Psychiatric Center, Community Advisory Board (CAB). The CAB is an independent and 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization providing auxiliary services to the treatment provided by the New York State Office of Mental Heath at Heights Hill. CAB members are a group of community stakeholders that meet quarterly to assist the Heights Hill Mental Health Service in identifying and addressing unmet community need.
In 2000, in conjunction with the Heights Hill Mental Health Service staff, the CAB identified Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) psychiatric consumers as a very underserved and disenfranchised population. In 2001 the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) awarded a contract for the development and operation of a “mental health consumer advocacy program” to the CAB. Since 2001, Rainbow Heights Club is the first, and to our knowledge, the only government funded program that specifically targets the needs of LGBTQ people living with mental illness in the nation. All programs and services of Rainbow Heights Club are free of charge to consumers.
Growing over the years to serve nearly 750 members, 5 days per week the agency now welcomes LGBTQ mental health consumers from all five New York City Boroughs.