Serving LGBTQ2S+ Participants in Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts: An Annotated Resource Guide

This guide provides available resources to Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts (THWCs) serving Native LGBTQ2S+ participants in an effort to bridge information gaps, increase access to treatment services, and decrease high rates of incarceration within tribal communities.

Indigenous people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, and other identities of gender and sexuality are severely underserved, and yet, they make up a community who are most at risk of developing substance use disorders and experiencing other harms related to it. Despite this fact, there is a dearth of resources for serving this community in Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts. Additionally, there is little research about serving any LGBTQ2S+ person, Native or non-Native, in state treatment courts.

While there are limited resources available for Indigenous LGBTQ2S+ participants in THWCs, this resource guide will provide information related to the following: issues for LGBTQ2S+ participants in treatment courts (not Native/Tribal specific), a list of judicial benchbooks and bench cards on LGBTQ2S+ people in state courts, general issues for Native/Tribal LGBTQ2S+ people, and general issues for LGBTQ2S+ people who are not Native/Tribal.