Created: 07/23/2014 6:44 AM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press
State agencies have begun adding gender identity to their data collection, part of an effort Gov. Andrew Cuomo says will help the state better meet the needs of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender New Yorkers.
A new report Wednesday identifies eight agencies, including the Department of Health, collecting or updating their data systems to gather those demographics.
New York's Office of Mental Health in 2011 began including sexual orientation and gender identity questions on admission forms at state mental health facilities, using it in a training curriculum for clinicians intended to improve treatment for LGBT people.
In 2012, the state Office for the Aging updated its system to ensure including LGBT seniors, whom research indicates are likelier to live alone and lack some vital support systems.