Healthcare Quality Index Top Performer 2020Arkansas Children’s provides services to youth with gender dysphoria due to gender incongruence using a gender-affirming model of care and individualized treatment plans developed for each patient. The interdisciplinary team collaborates with patients, parents and guardians, mental health providers and schools to ensure the best possible health outcomes. The program recognizes the unique barriers that youth experiencing gender dysphoria face in pursuing health care and ensures that patients and families feel valued and respected while in our care. We provide high-quality, evidence-based and gender-affirming care in a comfortable and safe environment that is consistent with Arkansas law.

Offered on the campuses of Arkansas Children’s Hospital (Little Rock) and Arkansas Children’s Northwest (Springdale), care is provided through a multidisciplinary approach that addresses the patient’s social-emotional needs, educates the medical community and the public on issues relating to gender non-conformity, conducts research to improve clinical care and outcomes of this patient population and gender-affirming care.

Services include

  • Counseling, support, referrals and resources for families navigating issues related to the patient’s social and physical environment, including school, legal issues, and community support;
  • Comprehensive psychosocial evaluations for patients with gender non-conforming concerns; evaluation identifies and evaluates the presence of gender dysphoria and co-morbid conditions;
  • Gynecological care for natal females; and
  • Gender-affirming care.
  • The multidisciplinary approach includes a licensed psychologist, a licensed clinical social worker, licensed professional counselors, pastoral care, pediatric endocrinology, and gynecology.

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