Nonbinary Patient Seeking Substance Treatment

by | Jun 19, 2023

Patient Name

Jordan Lee

Reason for Visit

Jordan is a 26-year-old person who was referred to a provider for “substance treatment”. Patient is hoping to discuss potential options regarding how to best address substance use.


This is a telehealth visit, and this patient’s first time seeing this provider.

Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE)

  • Gender Pronouns: They/Them (left blank to be elicited by participant)
  • Sex Assigned at Birth: Male or Female (SP will use their own)
  • Gender Identity: Nonbinary (left blank to be elicited by participant)
  • Sexual Orientation: Pansexual and Queer (left blank to be elicited by participant)


Participants have 30 minutes to conduct this visit.


Gather information to discuss potential options regarding how to best address the patient’s substance use.


There will be verbal feedback with the SP following the visit.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand various stigmas, discriminations, and traumas that impact LGBTQ+ people.
  • Summarize the intersections of LGBTQ+ identities, substance use, and mental health.
  • Practice ways to effectively communicate about sexual orientation and gender identity in affirming ways.
  • Utilize an identity-based approach when collecting information and guiding care.

Who Should Participate?

Applicable to all providers, especially prescribers (MDs, DOs, NPs, PAs within primary care specialties such as family medicine and internal medicine) and mental health providers.


Dustin Nowaskie, MD (they/them/theirs)

Dr. Nowaskie is a queer, nonbinary psychiatrist. Their personal identification and civic commitment have cultivated into a passion to help LGBTQ+ communities. They are the Founder and President of the international nonprofit LGBTQ+ health equity organization OutCare Health. A Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Southern California and Gold Humanism Honor Scholar of the Indiana University School of Medicine, Dr. Nowaskie’s clinical and philanthropic work has led to several national accolades, presentations, publications, and awards. Their ultimate goal is to transform their might into a powerful unicorn of social and public health change for LGBTQ+ people.

OutCare Health is a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health equity for LGBTQ+ communities worldwide. OutCare’s mission is to empower LGBTQ+ people with comprehensive information, resources, support, and education, including an affirming healthcare provider directory, mentorship, training, research, community building, support groups, webinar series, blogs, and much more. OutCare’s vision is to create a world where every LGBTQ+ person has access to quality healthcare and feels empowered to live their healthiest, most authentic life. (

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