Bureau of Prisons changes its treatment policy for trans inmates

by on October 7, 2011  •  In Health, Transgender

GLAD has settled the case it brought on behalf of Vanessa Adams, a Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) inmate at FMC Butner in North Carolina who has gender identity disorder (GID). Adams sued BOP in order to receive appropriate treatment for her GID, and the settlement is based on a recent Bureau of Prisons policy adopted in response to the lawsuit.

Under the settlement, BOP is ending its so-called “freeze frame” policy in which treatment for any person with GID is kept frozen at the level provided at the time he or she entered the federal prison system. The new policy states in part:

[I]nmates in the custody of the Bureau with a possible diagnosis of GID will receive a current individualized assessment and evaluation.  Treatment options will not be precluded solely due to level of services received, or lack of services, prior to incarceration…

It further specifies that "current, accepted standards of care will be used as a reference for developing the treatment plan."


3 Responses to Bureau of Prisons changes its treatment policy for trans inmates

  1. snid L. November 4, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    I have a friend who is a male to female in prison and they have been promising a transfer to an unknow locaton for her gender treatment. It’s been on hold for about a month. Do you know If there is going to be a central location for GID treatment? She has had her evaluation years ago for gender dysphoria.

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  3. gray hair January 17, 2012 at 7:54 AM

    Hope it’s for the better. Some wishes of theirs should be granted.

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