JustUs Health offers chemical use assessments, case management, HIV testing, syringe exchange, and a range of support services for persons who identify as LGBTQ+ and/or living with HIV.
Historically, services have been provided in our Territorial Road office and in clients' homes. In March 2018, we opened a behavioral health clinic at 1000 University Avenue West in St. Paul. We have expanded our services to include individual, couple/family, and group therapy for LGBTQ+, people who are HIV+, people who are high risk for HIV and other underserved populations. All services will be provided by dual licensed mental health/chemical dependency counselors, board approved clinical supervisors and/or supervised interns.
The following mental health professionals are currently available to provide services:
Rick Laska, MSW, LICSW, CST (pronouns: he/him/his)--is a board approved clinical supervisor for Social Work. He is AASECT Certified as a sex therapist and has worked with persons who identify as LGBTQ+, HIV+ and other underserved populations for multiple years prior to completing his MSW.
Christy Rushfeldt, MSW, LICSW, LADC (pronouns: she/her/hers)--is dually licensed as a mental health professional and chemical dependency counselor. She is a board approved clinical supervisor for Social Work, Professional Clinical Counseling and Alcohol & Drug Counseling. Christy is in the process of completing EMDR certification.
Amanda Richards, MA, LPCC, LADC, MAC (pronouns: she/her/hers)--is dually licensed as a mental health professional and chemical dependency counselor. She is a board approved supervisor for Professional Clinical Counseling and Alcohol & Drug Counseling. Amanda has completed EMDR certification and has extensive experience working with underserved populations, including LGBTQ+, women, adolescents, immigrant populations and persons who have experienced sexual trauma.
Chris Lorenz, MBA, LADC (pronouns: he/him/his)--is a board approved clinical supervisor for Alcohol & Drug Counseling. Chris as held various positions in the health services field including Chemical Dependency Technician, MICD Residential Admissions Coordinator, MICD Residence Manager, Chemical Health Assessor and Chemical Health Case manager. Chris works through a harm reduction/client-centered perspective. He has experience working with various populations including LGBTQIA, people living with HIV, chemical dependency, mental health concerns and homelessness.
We also offer chemical health assessment and referrals.
For appointments, contact the front desk at: 612-373-9160
For general information, contact Amanda Richards at [email protected]