BTA’s Health Services Clinic provides:
- First Aid services for students and staff:
- Triage Primary Care health concerns including dental, mental health, chronic health conditions, immunizations, etc.
- Helps students to establish a medical home for their non-primary care provider for longer term continued care.
- Sexual Health Services: Starting and managing birth control, pregnancy counseling, sexual decision making counseling, B/C option counseling and screening for and treating STDs.
- Men and women’s health issues.
- Helping students, and their families, get health insurance
- Health fairs, health education presentations/workshops in classes, campus outreach and Bi-annual STD Testing Drive.
- General Health Counseling: Nutrition, Drug and Alcohol Intervention, relationships, stress management and appropriate referrals.
- Weekly tabling to offer condoms and schedule office visits
Mental Health counselors funded by the City of Berkeley are available for students as requested or as referred for individual, on-site counseling. In addition the Mental Health Program engages in outreach activities including campus canvassing and student interaction, providing classroom presentations and facilitation of student support groups. Counselors also serve as referral sources for students requiring more extensive mental health services.
Mental Health Services
Treatment of depression
Substance Abuse prevention & treatment
Grief and Loss support
The New Bridge Foundation funds the Aspire Program, which provides high quality culturally competent drug and alcohol services. These services include prevention and intervention education groups and treatment. The group discussion groups are available to the entire school community. The program curriculum follows an evidenced based model that directly relates to the adolescent population addressing adolescent and family pressures, skills for coping, and alcohol tobacco and other drug issues. The ASPIRE program is integrated into the school day where students are able to attend group weekly to address the previously mentioned topics. The program is active for the entire academic school year. Goals and objectives of the discussion groups attempt to increase perceptions of the negative effects of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, decrease consumption, and increase feelings of connection to family and the community, which can translate into less crime, truancy, and high risk behaviors.
In addition, students are facing many stressors such as community violence, teen pregnancy, chemically dependent households, and involvement with the criminal justice system, substance abuse, and early childhood trauma. The program facilitates an array of intervention groups such as: children of alcoholics or substance dependent parents and substance abuse. The program gives the students an opportunity to process their feeling together with guidance and structure. The program supports school wide crisis interventions after instances of community violence. The counselor also facilitates parent workshops emphasizing limit setting and nurturing self-esteem in adolescents. The counselor meets individually with students requiring additional support with various issues such as: relationships, family dynamics, and difficult emotions that arise from sudden loss of loved ones or general threats to safety.
The Project SUCCESS program is a research-based intervention that has demonstrated reduced substance use in alternative high schools. The program administers confidential surveys at the beginning and end of each intervention and education series statistically measuring substance use and pro-substance use attitudes. Outcomes have demonstrated reduced substance use, decreased pro-substance use attitudes, and increased wellbeing. In addition, the counselor has established therapeutic relationships with a wide variety of students from diverse cultures, genders, interests, and issues.