UTICA - ACR Health has announced a “boost” for its Q Center in the Mohawk Valley.
On Thursday, the center accepted a $29,436 grant from The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties. The Q Center is considered a safe haven for youth members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community.
Members of ACR Health told WKTV this grant will go towards hiring a new Care Manager.
“This member will be helping individuals needs when coming to the Q Center,” said ACR Health Executive Director Wil Murtaugh. “Youth come to the Q Center with many concerns.”
The Care Manager will assist youth in referral and connection of services. These services include HIV/STD/Hepatitis C testing, mental health counseling, as well as referrals for health insurance, healthcare, and hormone replacement options.
“It keeps people safer it really does,” said Murtaugh. “It helps reunify families, it keeps kids off the black market, and to a competent medical provider.”
The Q Center welcomes kids from ages 8-29 and LGBTQ parents who are stuggling. For more information or you would like help you can call the Q Center at 1-800-475-2430.