Alameda County Community College Mental Health Navigator Program
Most mental health programs within the California Community College system operate on a short-term therapy model. To ensure that students who need ongoing care beyond what campus-based services can provide and to improve the referral process, Ohlone College is spearheading a pilot workforce development program to train students on navigating community-based mental health care services. Students undergoing an intensive eight-week training program on a wide range of mental health issues based on a wellness and resiliency curriculum and are introduced to mental health agencies in Alameda County that be part of the linkage to care network. We are pleased to host students from four campuses in this inaugural cohort: Berkeley City College, Chabot College, Laney College, and Ohlone College. This program is generously funded by Alameda County Behavioral Health’s Workforce Development, Education and Training Division.
Ariana Cruz, Ohlone College
Ariana is a mental health navigator at Ohlone college where she helps students obtain resources for mental health support. She is a Sociology major and hopes to transfer to a UC in Fall 2021. Ariana enjoys traveling, thrilling outdoor activities, and spending time with her family, and also enjoys the occasional days at home to binge Netflix series while drinking matcha green tea.
Chandler Macik, Berkeley City College
Christian Aleman, Ohlone College
Clinishia Wilson Oneal, Berkeley City College
Kimberly Hernandez, Ohlone College
Octavia McKinney, Berkeley City College
Richard Chen, Laney College
Sara Suboh, Ohlone College
Sarah Corrao, Chabot College
Sarah is a Mental Health Navigator at Chabot College where she helps students navigate the transition from campus based to community based Mental Health Services. She just started at Chabot and is pursuing a Certificate in Intercultural Studies. She has worked for many years in Student Services at several local institutions of Higher Education. She holds a Master's degree in Higher Education Administration. Sarah is a yoga enthusiast, an active Girl Scout Leader, and enjoys any activity that gets her moving outside.
Tyler Bennett, Berkeley City College