Fostering Inclusivity and Affirmative Care: Montecatini’s Commitment to LGBTQIA2S+

To support increasing understanding, reducing stigma, and instilling hope in those affected by eating disorders, one of Montecatini’s commitments moving forward is to focus on affirmative care for our LGBTQIA2S+ patients. Ensuring high-quality care requires us to understand the unique needs of this population as well as the commonalities shared with ALL our patients’ care. Any lack of understanding can lead to barriers to providing truly inclusive and affirmative care for our LGBTQIA2S+ patients. 

Risk factors for this population include elevated risk for HIV/AIDS as well as other STIs, substance use disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, bullying and discrimination as well as an increased risk for developing eating disorders and other body image-related concerns. Due to prevalent experiences of stigmatization and discrimination within the healthcare system, LGBTQIA2S+ patients may delay or avoid seeking healthcare. They may also fear disclosing their sexual orientation or gender identity to care providers when they do seek treatment. Withholding this information can result in them not receiving critical support in an area in which they need support as part of their treatment process. 

As a facility, Montecatini is committed not only to helping our LGBTQIA2S+ patients overcome the barriers faced when accessing treatment but also to being visible within the eating disorder treatment community, and in the mental health field in general, as allies to foster an environment where ALL patients know that they are safe to be themselves. 


Jessica Styler, MSW, ASW 

Primary Therapist