Adolescent & Emerging Adults

Free To Be Program

Rainbow Health’s new initiative supported by United Health Foundation to give access and mental health services to LGBTQ+ and Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Minnesotans.

In October 2022, the UHF approved a $2M grant to our organization to build a new pilot program designed to connect young adults (ages 14-25) in the LGBTQ+ and/or BIPOC communities to primary care, social supports, and behavioral health care to address the high rates of suicide, depression, and anxiety within this community. We chose the name “Free to Be” to signify our goals about the impact this program will achieve.

We want to empower and encourage young folx to embrace their authentic selves and be free from societal expectations or stereotypes.

We want to provide a non-judgemental and safe space, where folx can explore and discuss their experiences, concerns, and emotions freely.

We want to reduce the stigma or fears that may come along with seeking mental health or case management services. Joining this program is a way to exercise personal freedom and self-discovery.

Here, you are free to be anything.


Call or text 612-359-5868 or click the button below to get your journey started!

There are only three requirements to participate in the Free to Be program:


    • You must be between the ages of 14 and 25.

    • You must identify as LGBTQ+ and/or BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color)

    • You must reside in the state of Minnesota.


Free to Be offers mental health services for individuals ages 14-25 who are members of the LGBTQ+ and/or BIPOC community. You do not need to be living with HIV or have health insurance to access this program.

Case Management Services

Free to Be’s case management is provided throughout Minnesota, it can be in person, on the phone, and/or virtually as agreed upon by the case manager and person receiving services. Please see the FAQ below to learn more.

Meet the Staff!

Kaelyn Johnson

Kaelyn Johnson

Case Manager
Carly Gershone, MA, LPCC

Carly Gershone, MA, LPCC

Clinical Supervisor/Psychotherapist she/her/hers
Ginny Aumann

Ginny Aumann

Ginny Aumann she/they
Tito Catuncan, MSW, LICSW

Tito Catuncan, MSW, LICSW

Psychotherapist he/him/his