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Behaviorial Health Initiatives and Services

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We seek to support the total wellness of our patients by providing collaborative care as a part of an integrated health care environment. As the health center continues to grow, the services that we provide evolve to be inclusive of prevention and early intervention, treatment and aftercare, which are the foundation of best practice models in community health. SNAHC has been leading the way in integrating behavioral and primary care services to patients of all ages.

Our Behavioral Health Initiatives and Services Department comprised of four service categories:

  • Integrated Care
  • Prevention and Early Intervention
  • Counseling & Treatment
  • Recovery


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At Sacramento Native American Health Center, we aim to create a compassionate space you can open up, explore possibilities for change, and take steps to achieve what’s felt impossible. The BHIS team is made up of expert listeners who uphold a trauma-informed approach to care. While committed to getting results, we strive to guide you in achieving your behavioral and total health care goals. Our goal is to provide a holistic, coordinated, and culturally responsive services and programs.

To make an appointment with a member of the Behavioral Health Department, please call 916-341-0575.

Integrated Care

The Integrated Care service category involves providing same-day consultation and crisis intervention for patients in their medical or dental appointments. You can request an IBH consultation while you are here at SNAHC for your medical or dental appointment. Consultations are confidential and last from 5-20 minutes. Our Integrated Behavioral Health Provider specializes in:

  • Working with patients and providers to determine behavioral health and social needs
  • Educating patients about behavioral health (mental health, therapy, drug and alcohol treatment, etc),
  • Ensuring that the patient leaves with a greater understanding of how SNAHC can assist in their healing and recovery.
  • Making targeted referrals to specific providers to match patient needs with provider specialties

Prevention & Early Intervention- Youth Initiatives

The BHIS’s Youth Initiatives Team is committed to supporting Native American youth and families with quality services and advocacy through cultural values. Using community-based and youth-driven approaches, we are developing a system of care for Native American children with mental health challenges and their families. The Youth Initiatives program applies principles of a family-driven approach, meaning, families have a primary decision making role in the care of their own children as well as the policies and procedures governing care for all children in their community. The Youth Initiatives Team also does work around suicide and substance abuse prevention within Sacramento Native American communities.

SNAHC’s Youth Initiatives program focuses on providing programs or advocacy focused in the four areas

  • Red Vision II– Provides resources to fund youth substance abuse prevention activities with goals of decreasing underage drinking and substance abuse for American Indian Youth
  • Native Wellness Youth Initiatives (NYWI)– Provides resources to fund the Gathering of Native Americans (GONA) which increases protective factors and utilizes trauma informed approaches to reduce suicide, suicidal ideation, and attempts among urban American Indian/ Alaska Native youth
  • Circles of Care (COC) – Brings the Sacramento urban American Indian community together to plan and perform an in-depth gap analysis of the systems of care impacting the mental health and wellness of American Indian children and their families.
  • Native Connections– Develop a culturally responsive model for youth programming focused on mental health promotion, suicide prevention, and substance use prevention activities.

If you or someone you know would like to become more involved, please contact the Youth Initiatives  Director, Dayna Barrios at (916) 341-0576 ext. 2219.

For more information on our program, mental health and suicide prevention resources, and upcoming events, please visit

Counseling & Treatment

The Counseling & Treatment service category include two types of one-on-one counseling, mental health counseling (often called therapy or psychotherapy) provided by Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs), and Substance Abuse Counseling provided by Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADCs). While the purpose and specific approaches may vary, the overall goal is the same: to support you in your ability to manage stress and to build and maintain health coping skills.

Mental health counseling may include:

  • DBT and CBT-based interventions
  • Relational-Cultural Therapy
  • Supportive Therapy
  • Psychodynamic and Insight-Oriented Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Grief Support
  • Harm Reduction
  • Brief Therapy
  • Solution-Focused therapy
  • Client-Centered, Strength-Based Collaborative Therapy
  • Psychoeducation
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Coping and Self-Care skills building

Drug and Alcohol Counseling may include:

  • Cognitive/Behavioral Interventions
  • Twelve Step Model (Culturally Sensitive)
  • Peer to Peer Support Groups
  • Relapse Prevention Skills
  • Traditional Healing Modalities
  • Stages of Change
  • Psychoeducation
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Gorski’s Relapse prevention model
  • Native American Red Road Approach

To request counseling services please consult with your primary care provider or call the main line at (916) 341-0575.


The Recovery Service Category includes various groups and classes, including White Bison 12-Step Recovery Group, Healing Our People through Education (Drug and Alcohol structured curriculum), Anger Management, Parenting, Batterer’s Intervention, Culture is Prevention*, Two-Spirit talking circle*, and Yoga for Wellness*. Unless otherwise noted, group attendance requires an orientation appointment. For more details and days/times, please see our calendar.

*Open to community, do not require registration.



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