Gender health program
Our gender health program strives to deliver quality gender-affirming care with dignity and sensitivity. We are proud to partner with our transgender and gender non-conforming patients and families to address their comprehensive health care needs.
Our teams include specialists in case management services, primary care, adolescent medicine, plastic surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, urology, behavioral health, and speech therapy.
We have licensed clinical social workers who help our transgender and gender non-conforming members by providing clinical guidance and support as they access the care and services they are seeking.
Many of our health plans include benefits for gender-affirming services. Members who are interested in our program, regardless of their coverage, can enroll in the Gender Health Case Management Program without a referral.
Members who have a covered benefit for gender-affirming surgical procedures and who have decided to pursue surgery will be enrolled in the Gender Health Case Management Program to navigate their benefits and coordinate their care, at no cost to them.
To enroll, or for questions about the process or coverage, call 1-866-656-4183.
Call the Kaiser Permanente Washington Gender Health appointing line at 206-630-1929 to schedule an appointment with a primary care provider with training in gender-related health care.
We have primary care providers in all Kaiser Permanente medical offices who have training and experience in providing medical services to transgender and gender non-conforming patients including gender-affirming hormone therapy and preventative care.
Our surgeons include gynecologists and urologists who perform some gender-affirming surgeries. We also partner with plastic and reconstructive surgeons who contract with Kaiser Permanente Washington to perform gender-affirming surgeries.
For information about surgical benefits, call 1-866-656-4183.
For pediatric and adolescent patients, we include the whole family in our model of care.
The Adolescent Center offers evaluation, counseling, puberty blockers, gender-affirming hormones, and referrals to surgery. Our collaborative team partners with patients to provide care focused on the best interest of the child or adolescent and respect for the family.
Mental health services
We have therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists with experience and training in providing mental health services to transgender and gender non-conforming patients including:
- Individual therapy for children, teens, and adults.
- Individual and family therapy to assist parents in their journey of understanding and supporting their child who is gender non-conforming.
- Evaluations that follow the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) guidelines to determine readiness for puberty blockers for children and teens, hormonal therapy, and gender-affirming surgeries.
We have speech-language pathologists who work with our transgender and gender non-conforming patients (feminine, masculine, and non-binary) for vocal training, including pitch, resonance, and breathing.
Our speech-language pathologists also work with patients around social communication skills, including gender-specific language use, non-verbal mannerisms, laughing, throat clearing, and gender presentation (such as attire and make up).
Trans Lifeline **IF YOU ARE IN CRISIS** US: 1-877-565-8860 Canada: 1-877-330-6366 For people struggling with their gender identity and are not sure they are transgender. translifeline.org
National LGBT Health Education Center Provides programs, resources, and consultation to health care organizations with the goal of optimizing quality, cost-effective health care for LGBT people. lgbthealtheducation.org
Transgender Law Center (TLC) The largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people. transgenderlawcenter.org
Transvivor A resource for transgender allies to understand the transgender community. transvivor.com
UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health A resource for patients and providers with evidence based tools to help with transition protocols and preventative care. transhealth.ucsf.edu
WPATH The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), is a non-profit, educational organization devoted to transgender health. wpath.org