ACR Health’s Q Centers, located in the Central, Northern and Mohawk Valley regions of NYS, provide comprehensive programming for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning/queer (LGBTQ) youth and young adults between the ages of 8 and 29 and children of LGBTQ parents, their families, allies, teachers, school administrators, school counselors, school social workers, and health and human service providers in our nine-county service area. Q Center programming seeks to promote equality, celebrate diversity, and create a safer, more accepting and inclusive community for all.
Our Q Centers offer: weekly support groups for LGBTQ youth, Transgender youth, and parents of transgender youth; after-school programming, including tutoring, scholarships and healthy snacks; drop-in centers; Case Management, including crisis intervention, emergency assistance and advocacy; Rapid Re-Housing for youth aged 18-24; HIV, STD and Hepatitis C screening; social events; food, personal care items and clothing; sit-down dinners; and parent/family support.
Karen Fuller, Q Center Family Peer Advocate, is the only Credentialed Family Peer Advocate in New York State in the field of transgender youth. She works with trans youth and families throughout ACR Health's nine-county service area.
Q Center staff also provides LGBTQ Cultural Competency workshops in the community to increase organization’s capacity to provide competent and affirming services to LGBTQ individuals and families, and to decrease the oppression and marginalization of LGBTQ people in our community
Q Center programs are supported by the United Way of Central New York, the United Way of Northern NY, the United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica, Onondaga County Department of Children & Family Services, NYSDOH AIDS Institute and the NYSDOH LGBT Health & Human Service Unit.