BEHAVIORAL & MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS

individuals. families. communities 

Behavioral health represents the connection between behaviors and the health and well-being of the body, mind, and spirit. BACR’s behavioral and mental health industry spans a wide range of services including mental health and counseling; tobacco, marijuana, and vaping cessation; substance abuse prevention, early intervention, and treatment; and nutrition, substance abuse and health advocacy. We deliver services in schools, community centers, BACR offices, and the jail. 
 
Our restorative and trauma-informed programs are assets-driven and equity-focused. We understand that systemic and institutional racism as well as economic injustice have enormous negative impacts on the youth and families in many of our communities. BACR programs aim to provide opportunities for client-centered exploration, to develop navigation skills to address these impacts and to develop positive strategies to be successful and healthy in and out of school. 
 
Our advocacy and social change activities aim to create long-term, systemic change in the systems and structures that negatively impact the health of young people and families. These advocacy projects are all youth and community-driven organizing efforts.
 
BACR has particular experience working with Spanish-speaking families from Central America and has been commended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for our diverse, culturally, and linguistically competent staff. We work diligently to hire staff who reflect the communities we serve and engage in ongoing cultural humility training and development.

WHAT AN AMAZING GIFT TO BE ABLE TO HELP PEOPLE,

NOT JUST YOURSELF

- BARACK OBAMA -

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MENTAL HEALTH

Mental health services at BACR help lay the groundwork for the well-being of the individual, couple, and family. All our mental health programs have the common goal of helping our clients be more successful in their lives by reducing risk factors and increasing their resiliency. Our services aim to provide opportunities for client-centered exploration, to develop navigation skills and to advocate for change in the systems and structures of racism and inequity that impact our clients and families. 


Core mental health services include individual, group, and family counseling, case management, parent education, and trauma response as well as consultation with school personnel, other stakeholders and collaborators. We offer programs dealing with multiple issues in schools and in community settings. We strive to guide our clients towards more successful outcomes such as improved coping skills, emotional functioning, school performance, and peer/family relationships. BACR prevents and intervenes in challenges that can otherwise lead to problem behaviors and negative outcomes.
 

 PROGRAM DIRECTOR

STEPHANIE HOCHMAN | MESSAGE STEPHANIE

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

DON BLASKY | MESSAGE DON

 

 

NORTH & EAST BAY

SCHOOL-BASED PROGRAMS

For more than four decades, BACR has been a leading provider of school-linked mental health and prevention services for high-risk children, youth, and their families. 

SCHOOL CLINICAL INTERNSHIP and TRAINEESHIPS

Mental health interns and trainees are an integral part of the BACR treatment and training team. 

JEANNETTE PRANDI CHILDREN'S CENTER

The Jeannette Prandi Children’s Center is a place where children who may have been sexually abused can be interviewed in an environment designed with their comfort in mind.

MARIN COMMUNITY COLLABORATIVE

BACR’s Marin Counseling Collaborative (MCC) was established to meet the needs of those in the Marin County community who are struggling and desire a place to get ...

 

SUBSTANCE USE

We deliver prevention, assessment, intervention, treatment and recovery support services to youth, families, and adults in our community. We also coordinate youth and community-led substance use advocacy and social change programs. 


Our prevention services provide basic education on the physical and psychological effects of alcohol and drugs, aid to parents on how to identify use/abuse by their children, and how to talk to them if they are using and/or thinking of using. Our assessment services help identify where on the continuum from recreational and experimental use to severe substance use disorders someone may be, and the guidance as to what next steps may be. Our intervention and treatment services help people struggling with their substance use and abuse  participate in the level of treatment needed to begin the road to recovery. Finally, our Recovery Support Services help ensure that participants continue to live healthy lives. Our services are provided in a number of settings: schools, in-custody, freestanding recovery centers, and county offices. We deliver services in Marin and Contra Costa counties.


Our advocacy programs engage youth people and adults in assessing community level substance use issues. Using a community action model, we organize for policy changes in schools, cities and counties.

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

STEPHANIE HOCHMAN | MESSAGE STEPHANIE

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

PAMELA MEYER | MESSAGE PAMELA

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CRIMINAL

JUSTICE

The mission of the In- Custody Treatment Program in the Marin County Jail is to provide direct alcohol/drug services to inmates in all Pods. 

MARIN DUI

BACR’s DUI program in Marin County offers court- and DMV-mandated services for individuals convicted of a first or subsequent arrest for Driving Under the Influence (DUI). 

POSITIVE 

CHANGES

The Positive Changes Women’s Treatment Program provides alcohol and drug outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment services for adult clients who identify as female. 

FAMILY 

CONNECTIONS

BACR’s Family Connections program provides individual, group, and family therapy for substance-abusing adolescents in Marin County.

DROC

Discovering the Reality of Our Communities (DROC) is a youth-activated, youth-focused alcohol and other drugs prevention program offered at several high schools in West Contra Costa and other East Bay communities.

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TOBACCO & VAPING

BACR’s services boost awareness and help individuals quit smoking/vaping. Core services include education, advocacy, and cessation (quitting) support. These services are offered in Marin, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Joaquin, and Solano counties in partnership with schools, community-based organizations, and public health agencies. 

YOUTH EDUCATOR - NORTH BAY

SAYRA SORIANO | MESSAGE SAYRA

PROGRAM DIRECTOR - EAST BAY

ALISON WOHLGEMUTH | MESSAGE ALISON

 

TOBACCO USE PREVENTION

AND ADVOCACY

There are a number of tobacco prevention programs including the YTAPP, YPL, API-CHAT, and SMOOTH that mobilize youth leaders to address tobacco-related health disparity issues in their communities. These programs serve cities and counties throughout the Bay Area and the Central Valley. Using a community participatory action research model youth leader the work fighting targeted tobacco marketing efforts, promoting smoke-free mutli-unit housing, advocating for tobacco retail licenses, and addressing smokefree outdoor air. 

The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) stimulates positive community change by promoting awareness, education, and legislative action regarding substance use and misuse.

ADULT

CESSATION

BACR provides four adult tobacco cessation services:

  • We assist agencies and clinics in developing systems for screening, advising, and treating clients/patients and staff members who use tobacco;

  • We provide tobacco education and referral resources for community groups;

  • We conduct customized off-site tobacco cessation/reduction groups at various community locations; and 

  • We provide training and ongoing support for peer cessation groups and peer participation in healthy activities, speaking engagements, and webinars/conferences. 

YOUTH EDUCATOR

SAYRA SORIANO | MESSAGE SAYRA

 

HEALTHY EATING

& ACTIVE LIVING 

Personal health and wellness are integral components of BACR’s mission. One way we address these components is through promoting healthy eating and active living. At many of our school and community programs, we offer a range of activities for students, with some offerings for families as well. Activities include cooking and nutrition classes, physical fitness, sports, and recreation activities, mindfulness exercises, parent education classes, school-wide health and wellness promotions, and health screenings and referrals. We also facilitate student-led advocacy and public education efforts aimed at helping people make better decisions about their nutrition and overall well-being. By adding these components to our existing counseling services and support services, our school programs align with the Whole School Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) framework for addressing health in schools.

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NUTRITION

Almost all of our school programs offer a rich menu of activities to promote nutrition, such as cooking and nutrition education classes. Many schools also conduct school-wide healthy eating promotions such as fruit and vegetable distribution programs and a “Rethink Your Drink” and “Healthy Snack” campaign. In the community, our First 5 Centers provide nutrition classes for parents and caregivers, and our youth-led advocacy programs include the Urban Nutrition Initiative and Healthy Options at Point of Sale projects.

URBAN NUTRITION INITIATIVE

The Urban Nutrition Initiative (UNI) is a youth leadership program that empowers high school students in Richmond elementary schools to address issues of poor nutrition among young people, such as promoting increased fruit and vegetable consumption. Youth-driven strategies include gathering local data, providing peer education, and changing media messaging to inform and advance the Smarter Lunchroom movement. 

RICHMOND, BERKELEY AND OAKLAND

HEALTHY CHECKOUT

BACR’s Healthy Options at Point of Sale is a community advocacy and research project that aims to remove high-sugar, high-sodium foods and beverages from checkout aisles in large stores in Richmond, Berkeley, and Oakland. Students carry out strategies such as gathering store data, conducting focus groups and interviews with community members and retailers, educating the public, and advocating for policy to reduce unhealthy food and drink from checkout.

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VOLUNTEER

You can make a difference in the lives of children and youth and their families who experience poverty, homelessness, community violence and additional risk factors that could lead to school failure and challenging family functioning.

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Your donation to BACR will go towards services that directly benefit and uplift the communities we serve. Your gift can be made to support general operation of BACR  or earmarked for a specific program.

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES

A career with BACR is a commitment to giving back to your community. We are seeking dedicated individuals to join our diverse team of more than 1,000 professionals in carrying out the BACR mission.

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