Patient FAQ

Are you a patient at Callen-Lorde or interested in becoming one? Here’s some tips to help you on your way:

All locations have interpretation services available upon request, including ASL, Spanish, Russian and additional languages.

New Patients

Please be advised that Callen-Lorde is facing a critical shortage of capacity and has limited availability to accept new patients.

We have developed this page with more information about our programs and locations which are currently accepting new patients.

We are committed to providing high quality, culturally competent and sensitive health care to those who seek our services. However the demand consistently outweighs our capacity to serve all who wish to come here. As we ready for expansion to Brooklyn in 2019, we anticipate continued challenges in accepting new patients.

In an effort to help you get the care you deserve, please use the chart below to determine which of our programs are currently accepting new patients. If you require care in an area that is currently at capacity, please see the list of referrals below.

356 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011
Callen-Lorde Bronx
3144 3rd Avenue
Bronx, NY 10451
Thea Spyer Center
at Callen-Lorde
230 West 17th Street
New York, NY 10011
Primary Medical Care Programs
General Adult Medicine Full - Currently Not Accepting New PatientsOpen to New PatientsN/A
Women’s HealthFull - Currently Not Accepting New PatientsOpen to New PatientsN/A
HIV CareFull - Currently Not Accepting New PatientsOpen to New PatientsN/A
Health Outreach to TeensOpen to New PatientsN/AN/A
Transgender HealthFull - Currently Not Accepting New PatientsOpen to New PatientsN/A
Complementary Services
Sexual Health ClinicOpen to New PatientsOpen to New Patients
Open to New Patients
Short Term Behavioral HealthOpen to Medical Patients, depending on insuranceOpen to Medical Patients, depending on insuranceN/A
Long Term Behavioral HealthN/AN/AOpen to Medical Patients, depending on insurance
GYN/Pelvic HealthOpen to New PatientsOpen to New PatientsN/A
Dental ServicesOpen to Medical Patients, depending on insuranceN/AN/A

We have a formal referral arrangement with Apicha Community Health Center for people seeking LGBTQ-affirming care in Manhattan. For folks who wish to seek care elsewhere, we encourage you to visit our referrals page.

Insurance Options

We accept ADAP, Medicare, Medicaid and a range of private insurance options. Please call (212) 271-7200 for more information.

Uninsured/Underinsured People

Callen-Lorde offers a sliding fee scale for patients based on your income. Visit co-pays can range from $20-$100. Please note that labs and prescriptions are not included in this co-pay. Any labs will be an additional cost, from approximately $50 to $150.

If you are interested in determining your insurance eligibility (including Medicaid and plans available under the Affordable Care Act) please call (212) 271-7270 to speak with one of our friendly, LGBT affirming Insurance Navigators. This is a free service available to all, patients and non-patients alike.

Current Patients


Refills and renewals can be made online, through our mobile app, or by phone:

If you use the Callen-Lorde Pharmacy: (877) 436-3452
If you use an external pharmacy: (212) 271-7504 or (212)271-7200, Option 5

Additional FAQ is located on our pharmacy page.

We also offer free, next-day home delivery to all 5 boroughs and Nassau County between the hours of 9:00am-7:00pm. Must be 18+ to sign for medications.

If you still need assistance, please contact our Medication Support Team for patients and external pharmacies at (212) 271-7204.

Please remember it can take 2-3 business days to refill a prescription, and up to 3-4 additional days if prior authorization is required. We recommend planning accordingly and requesting refills 5-7 days in advance.

Pharmacy Hours

Monday-Thursday: 9:00am -8:15pm

Friday: 9:45am – 4:45pm

Saturday: 10:00am – 3:15pm

Patient Accounts/Billing

If you have questions about a Callen-Lorde bill: (212) 271-7253.

If you have a question about a BioReference bill: (800) 229-5227

If your income information has changed and you would like to update your sliding scale, please bring proof of income and speak to any front desk staff member. This cannot be done over the phone.

Medical Records

To request your records, please fill out a HIPAA Form found on our website or at any front desk. Please note the medical records process can take 3-5 business days. Your first 10 pages are free, but there is a $0.35/page charge after that. Any records sent to another medical provider are free of charge. Call: (212) 271-7200; Option 7.

Lab Results

If your labs were done over 1 week ago, call (212) 271-7200; Option 7. Please note that return times may vary depending on the test type, and some results can only be discussed in person. Ask a nurse or your provider about when you can expect your results back.

Lab Walk-In Hours

Monday through Thursday (8:30AM – 3:30pm); Friday (10:00am – 3:30pm) (Saturday (8:30AM-1:30PM)
Please note that these hours are subject to change. We will update our website and clinic signs regularly when there are any changes.
If you are unable to walk-in, you can also schedule an appointment by calling (212) 271-7200.

Urgent Care

If you a patient at Callen-Lorde are experiencing mild/moderate symptoms, or feel you need to see a provider within 2 days, please contact the call center. If necessary, your call will be forwarded to a Screening Nurse for assessment. To speak to a call center associate: (212) 271-7200; Option 7.


Mental Health

To make an appointment or to inquire about the status of the Mental Health availability: (212) 271-7200; Option 1

Facilitated Enrollment

Our insurance navigators offer free assistance in determining eligibility and applying for Medicaid and public insurance plans available under the Affordable Care Act. Please contact (212) 271-7270 for locations. The Facilitated Enrollers are available during Callen-Lorde’s open office hours.


If you are calling to renew a referral that is less than 2 years old, or to request a new referral for an issue you have addressed with your medical provider: (212) 271-7209. If you are requesting a new referral for any other issue, please contact your medical provider.

Patient Support Liaison

If you have feedback, a concern or complaint, please contact our Patient Support Representative at (212) 937-4804

Speaking to Your Provider

Because of the high call volumes for providers, calls are now managed by the Care Teams. Our goal is to have your needs met as quickly as possible and give providers as much time with patients as possible. When you call with a message for your provider, a Patient Care Associate will send a message to your provider and you will receive a call back with an answer.