As of the release of this initial report, there have been 78 “Commitment to Caring” pledges completed, which is the first step in the LEI and indicates long-term care communities’ intentions to adopt LGBTQ inclusive and culturally competent policies and practices. Additionally, there have been 49 self-assessments completed for 184 diverse long-term care communities, with 32 states represented.
Organizations can participate in the LEI by signing the “Commitment to Caring” pledge, taking the LEI self-assessment, and planning for long-term LGBTQ-inclusive goals after receiving a customized needs-assessment report. The official LEI survey with validated responses and indexing will open up in Fall 2022. The next edition of the LEI will be released in 2023 in which participating communities receive a tier of distinction.