Center Support

Providing direct and peer support services since we opened our doors

Center Support includes:

 LGBTQ Friendly Resources and Referrals

The Pride Center of the Capital Region is your Center for all the info you need on being queer in the Capital Region. Whether you’re in need of a LGBTQ friendly therapist, lawyer or wedding officiant, you can find it, and much more!

Since the Pride Center opened our doors over 40 years ago, we have been the place for the Capital Region’s LGBTQ community to get connected to everything. You can access information about; Legal resources, Trans resources, Substance abuse recovery, Education and training, Support groups, Religious/spiritual resources, Doctors, Wedding resources, Employment, Advocacy, Housing/homelessness, Social and dating, Family services, and much more!

For more information, or to have your questions answered now:

Reach out! Referrals are available by phone Monday-Friday between 9am and 5pm. After hours, please leave a message and someone will return your call. Our number is 518.462.6138×12. You can also email us at casemanagement@capitalpridecenter.org.

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Case Management Services

Case Management Services offer LGBTQ affirming,  low-cost, personalized assistance with:

Trans-specific health education information, obtaining identity documents, referrals for legal services to assist with gender marker changes, medical and mental health referrals, information and support to enter or reenter the workforce, continue your education, navigate health and human service systems, access New York State benefits such as SNAP and HEAP, advocacy and more.

Case management services are free for youth ages 13-21 and operates on a low-cost, sliding-scale fee system for adults over age 21.  The first session is free and an appointment is required to meet with the LGBTQ Health Specialist.

To schedule an appointment for Case Management Services call 518.462.6138×12 or email casemanagement@capitalpridecenter.org.  Due to high demand, you may be placed on a wait list or offered an outside referral for specific services.

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Center Counseling Services

Center Counseling services are offered through a partnership between the Pride Center and the State University of New York at Albany School of Social Welfare program. Low cost counseling is offered under the clinical supervision of Arlene Istar Lev., LCSW, CASAC.

Counseling services are offered to address issues such as:
Relationship and couple issues, family and parenting issues, healing trauma and abuse, sexual orientation and gender identity, depression and anxiety, addictions and recovery, living with HIV and chronic illness.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with a counselor, call 518.462.6138×12 or email casemanagement@capitalpridecenter.org.

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Healthcare Enrollment Program

Working to enroll our community in a quality healthcare plan

We can help you enroll in private or public health insurance. Contact the Pride Center to schedule a time to sign up for a healthcare plan. We have staff that are specially trained to help you sign up for a healthcare plan under the Affordable Care Act. We can help take the stress out of finding affordable healthcare. To make the enrollment process easier for you, here are some suggestions:

Information You Will Need

To help you obtain health coverage through the New York State of Health, please be prepared to provide the following information about each member in your household:

  • Name
  • Social Security number
  • Birth date
  • Tax filing status
    • Whether you file taxes and who you claim as a dependent, if anyone
  • Income information
    • It might be helpful to bring last’s year tax returns for everyone in the household, paystubs, W2 forms,  if you are self-employed, a record of last three months earnings and expenses, or other information about your family’s income.
  • The name and address of your current employer
  • Any unemployment income information
  • Policy and member numbers for any current health coverage you have
  • Information about any health coverage from a job that’s available to you or your family
  • If applicable, immigration (“Alien”) number for immigrant family members (e.g. Green Card number, employment authorization number)

Choosing a Health Plan

In order to help you select the right health insurance plan for you and your family members, it would be helpful if you could make a note of the following information about your health care needs before coming to see us.

  • The name of the family doctor, or primary care physician, pediatrician for all household members
  • The name of any specialist doctors or providers used by members of your household
  • The name of any hospital or clinics you or members of your household use
  • A list of any medications you or members of your household use
  • A list of any other medical needs that are important to you or a member of your household
  • Contact us today by emailing healthcare@capitalpridecenter.org or calling 518.462.6138 and ask to speak to a Healthcare Enrollment Coordinator.

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 HIV Testing Program

The Pride Center offers FREE, confidential, rapid HIV Testing. Routine HIV testing every six months is a smart practice and one of many ways to take charge of your health. Our on-site testing is painless and results are available in just 20 minutes. Pre and post test counseling regarding sexual health and harm reduction strategies are available. Testing is offered during drop-in hours and also by appointment.

Drop-in Hours:

1st & 3rd Mondays, 4-7pm
2nd & 4th Fridays, 4-7pm

FREE safer sex supplies such as condoms, dental dams and water-based lube are available along with referrals for harm reduction such as needle exchange programs and other STI screenings.

Call 518.462.6138×12 or email casemanagement@capitalpridecenter.org for more information or to make an appointment.

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Capital Region LGBTQ Mental Health and Substance Abuse Network

Building on our experience and reputation as specialists connecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community members to safe, sensitive, and supportive resources, the Pride Center is proud to announce the formation of the Capital Region LGBTQ Mental Health and Substance Abuse Network!

The Capital Region LGBTQ Mental Health and Substance Abuse Network’s mission is to create a community of providers who deliver culturally competent care to the underserved population of LGBTQ people, including LGBTQ people of color and transgender individuals. The Network connects providers to each other and national organizations and best practices in order to comprehensively address the needs of the LGBTQ community and identify best practices.

Studies show that LGBTQ individuals are more likely than their heterosexual counterparts to report hostile treatment and substandard care by their healthcare providers. Due to fear of negative consequences, LGBTQ clients are particularly unlikely to reveal information about their sexual orientation or gender identity. To complicate these matters, some healthcare providers often lack knowledge about LGBTQ issues and are therefore unable to provide the necessary resources and information to their clients. By joining the LGBTQ Mental Health and Substance Abuse Network, agencies and practitioners commit to providing culturally competent and inclusive care to LGBTQ people in their care, and the Pride Center will ensure that the latest research and program information is available for Network members to continue their professional development in these areas.

If you would like more information about the Network or would like to join, please contact Program Director Rosy Galván by email at programs@capitalpridecenter.org or call 518.462.6138×17. If you are a provider who would like to join the Network, please click here to fill out the member sign up form. For information on upcoming events, please see our events calendar at www.capitalpridecenter.org/events.

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Peer Support Groups

    • Men’s Group: MONDAYS 7pm, The Center (332 Hudson Ave, Albany)For gay, bisexual, transgender, same-gender-loving, queer, and questioning men to talk about coming out, dating, relationships, sex, religion and other issues affecting men’s communities (Ages 18+). For more information, contact the Pride Center at 518.462.6138.

 

    • Women’s Group: THE 2nd WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH FROM 6-8pm, the Center (332 Hudson Ave, Albany)For gay, bisexual, transgender, same-gender-loving, queer, and questioning women to talk about coming out, dating, relationships, sex, religion and other issues affecting women’s communities (Ages 18+). For more information, contact the Pride Center at 518.462.6138.

 

    • Support Group for Family and Friends of LGBTQ People:
      Every 2nd Tues of the month at 7PM at the First Unitarian Society of Schenectady, 1221 Wendell Ave, Schenectady, NY.

A support group for family and friends of LGBTQ people wanting resources and guidance on how to best support themselves and their loved ones. For more information, contact the Pride Center at 518.462.6138 or Julia Helfman at 518.372.9911.

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The Rainbow Café

The Rainbow Café is open Fridays and Sundays 6-9pm and we welcome you to join us! The Rainbow Café was the first program of the Pride Center when we opened our doors in 1970. Staffed by an amazing team of volunteers, the Café is a great resource if you are looking for information, to get connected to the Pride Center’s programs and services, or if you just moved to the area. Stop in for a cup of coffee and some excellent conversation.

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Recovery Groups, hosted by the Pride Center

Providing a safe and welcoming environment for community members in recovery to meet is part of the Pride Center’s commitment to promote the well being of LGBTQ people.
The following groups meet weekly at the Pride Center, 332 Hudson Ave:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous, All Genders : Every Sunday 7 PM
  • Alcoholics Anonymous, Men Only : Every Monday 7:30PM
  • Narcotics Anonymous: Every Thursday night 7:30PM

* These groups are not programs of the Pride Center, they are independent groups unaffiliated with any larger organization.

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