Mental Health Resources

Please join us in celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month this May by spreading the word about mental health awareness and resources that are available to those who need support.

We believe #MentalHealthMatters!

Seneca Family of Agencies: No one should have to struggle with mental health challenges alone. In close partnership with public mental health, education, child welfare, and juvenile probation agencies, other service providers, and consumer organizations, Seneca provides a wide range of strengths-based and outcomes-oriented mental health services that annually reach over 9,000 children and youth with complex and enduring needs. Seneca’s services, while focused on the child, are centered in the family, with parents and other family members playing a central role in the planning, provision, and evaluation of services. Above all, Seneca’s programs build upon and enhance the strengths of children and families, accelerating their progress toward attaining stability, self-sufficiency, and long-term success. To learn more about Seneca Family of Agencies, click here.

Children’s Health Council (CHC) is a nonprofit agency that has been providing best-in-class learning and mental health services to families in our community for nearly 70 years. We envision a world where everyone can reach their promise and potential. Our mission is to transform young lives by providing culturally-responsive best-in-class learning and mental health services to families from diverse backgrounds regardless of language, location or ability to pay. We offer programs for ADHD, Learning Differences & Executive Functioning, Anxiety, Depression & Suicidality and Autism through our schools, education programs, clinical services, robust community education programs and curated online resources. Our goal is to raise awareness, build partnerships, reduce stigma and ensure that no one ever feels alone. To learn more about CHC, click here.

Momentum for Health exists to help individuals achieve mental and emotional health, discover and reach their potential, and fully participate in life. Momentum offers adults, adolescents and families an array of high-quality programs and services that promote a healthier, independent future. The organization focuses on a seamless delivery of comprehensive behavioral health services that are accessible, integrated, effective and engaging, resulting in the best treatment possible. To learn more about Momentum for Health, click here.

The mission of NAMI Santa Clara County is to help people with a lived experience of mental illness and families by providing support, education and advocacy; to promote research; to reduce stigma and discrimination in the community; and to improve services by working with mental health professionals and families. There are many supports, services and treatment options that may help. A change in behavior or mood may be the early warning signs of a mental health condition and should never be ignored. NAMI Santa Clara County offers peer-led, free programs. With the unique understanding of people with lived experience, these education programs and support groups provide outstanding free education, skills training and support. Call our Warm Line (408-453-0400) for more information. Please visit our website for updates on our May events including a mental health awareness campaign with the Golden State Warriors, our multi-media diversity campaign titled, “Understanding Unity” and more! Thank you for supporting us and we look forward to serving you! Please stay safe and remember that in the darkest times, you are not alone. To learn more about NAMI Santa Clara County, click here.

Founded in 1973, AACI is one of the largest community-based organizations advocating for and serving the marginalized and vulnerable ethnic communities in Santa Clara County. Our mission is to strengthen the hope and resilience of our community members by improving their health and well-being. AACI Behavioral Health offers linguistically and culturally sensitive services that help clients overcome barriers to care.  Our trauma-informed, client-centered, community-based approach includes individual, group and family counseling for all ages virtually, at our clinics, in the home, at school or in the community. To learn more about AACI, click here.

Uplift Family Services is one of the largest, most comprehensive behavioral health treatment providers in California. Each year, they do whatever it takes to help more than 35,000 children and family members manage and recover from challenges stemming from prior trauma—such as severe neglect and abuse—and learn the essential life skills they need to be successful at home, at school, and in their community. Uplift Family Services’ Santa Clara county crisis line for youth is 408-379-9085. To learn more about Uplift Family Services, click here.

At Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley, a division of Caminar, we recognize that each child, teen, and adult comes to us with unique needs and experiences. We partner with our clients to achieve individual goals and to empower clients to transform their lives. To learn more about Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley, click here.

Community Solutions is dedicated to assisting youth, families, and adults to achieve triumphs over their challenges. Toward that end, we provide a comprehensive spectrum of prevention, intervention, treatment, and residential services to help children, families, and individuals who are challenged by mental health and substance use issues, trauma, severe family dysfunction, sexual assault, domestic/intimate partner violence, and human trafficking. Our mission is to create opportunities for positive change by promoting and supporting the full potential of individuals, the strengths of families, and the well-being of our community. You are not alone; we are here to help! To learn more about Community Solutions, click here.

Advent Group Ministries is a non-profit, social-service agency, whose vision for our community is to reclaim hope, realize potential, and restore lives. We accomplish this mission by providing residential and outpatient services to chemically dependent adolescents, equipping them with the tools to manage their mental health and recovery lifestyle. Our counseling center consists of compassionate and highly-educated therapists who assist clients through life challenges strengthening families and individuals. Throughout Advent, we serve hundreds of clients regardless of age, race, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientation, disability or religion. In 2020, through a pandemic, we provided 1,647counseling sessions and served over 113 chemically dependent adolescents.  Donating to Advent provides resources to show that #MentalHealthMatters to individuals who might not otherwise receive services due to financial hardship! To learn more about Advent Group Ministries, click here.

Alum Rock Counseling Center (ARCC) provides a wide range of mental health counseling and educational support services, designed to improve mental and emotional well-being, increase family functioning, and address students’ school-related behavior and attendance issues. ARCC’s programs provide quality behavioral health care to youth (ages 0-21) throughout Santa Clara County, with a focus on serving the Spanish-speaking Latinx communities in East and Central San Jose. Services include individual and family counseling, school-based services (in over 40 local schools), substance use prevention education, virtual/online wellness spaces for youth, First 5 services, parent training & workshops, and trauma recovery and support. To learn more about Alum Rock Counseling Center, click here.

Children’s Health Council (CHC) is a nonprofit agency that has been providing best-in-class learning and mental health services to families in our community for nearly 70 years. We envision a world where everyone can reach their promise and potential. Our mission is to transform young lives by providing culturally-responsive best-in-class learning and mental health services to families from diverse backgrounds regardless of language, location or ability to pay. We offer programs for ADHD, Learning Differences & Executive Functioning, Anxiety, Depression & Suicidality and Autism through our schools, education programs, clinical services, robust community education programs and curated online resources. Our goal is to raise awareness, build partnerships, reduce stigma and ensure that no one ever feels alone. To learn more about CHC, click here.

WestCoast Children’s Clinic is a non-profit community psychology clinic that provides mental health services to 1,700 Bay Area children each year. Our mission is to provide psychological services to vulnerable children, adolescents, and their families regardless of their ability to pay; train the next generation of mental health professionals; and conduct research to inform clinical practice and public policy. We address the individual needs of children and families while working to improve the systems and public policies that impact their lives. WestCoast’s clients live in high stress communities and have experienced physical and sexual abuse, neglect, disrupted attachments to caregivers, and community violence. Most have been removed from their families due to abuse or neglect or are at risk of entering foster care. To help meet the mental health needs of children and families who experience ongoing trauma, we provide services through community-based programs, including: outpatient therapy; psychological assessment; intensive support for foster youth exiting care; 24/7 first response mental health services to children removed from their homes due to child abuse; and intensive case management and therapy for youth who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation (CSE). To learn more about WestCoast, click here.


ROBIN DETTERMAN

Robin Detterman serves as Seneca’s Chief Program Officer of Educational Services where she provides leadership for the agency’s continuum of district and charter partnerships and five non-public schools, serving over 100 districts and schools in California and Washington State each year. Ms. Detterman started working at Seneca in 2005, and her experience asa special education teacher and administrator informs her current role. In this role, she supports Seneca’s education teams in the development and implementation of high quality, individualized services for students who need additional support at school while working to transform whole schools and school systems into places where all students are welcomed and can thrive. Ms. Detterman holds a MA degree in Special Education and is a graduate of Stanford University, where she earned a Masters degree in Education Policy and Organizational Leadership. She is the co-author of Unconditional Education: Supporting Schools to Serve All Students (Oxford University Press, 2019).


NATHANIEL FOSTER

Nathaniel Foster is the Chief Advancement Officer of Seneca Family of Agencies. His focus is on development, fundraising, venture philanthropy, marketing and branding for the whole organization. Nathaniel came to Seneca with a clarity and depth of fundraising knowledge that has accelerated our overall efforts. Nathaniel graduated from the University of Denver with a BS in business and also has his Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University. He has over a decade of experience in the non-profit development & management world, working with local, national, and international organizations. Previously Nathaniel was the Executive Director of Playworks, anonprofit that serves over 700,000 children every school day, concentrating on conflict resolution, leadership skills, emotional intelligence and increased physical activity for elementary schools throughout the country. Before that, he was the Chief Development & Marketing Officer at Lincoln, formerly Lincoln Child Center. He has spent his entire nonprofit career in development, fundraising, board development, venture philanthropy, and communications and is very excited to be working with an organization as wonderful as Seneca Family of Agencies. In addition, he was co-chair for the Oakland Quality Community Schools Committee, currently sits on two for-profit boards, and is a member of the San Francisco Chapter of the Private Asset Liaison Group


MICHAEL ALONSO

Michael Alonso is the Chief Information Officer for Seneca Family of Agencies. Since joining Seneca in 2003, he has provided leadership for all technology related operations throughout the organization. He is responsible for IT strategy and vision as well as oversight for the teams that create and maintain a robust information technology environment in addition to the teams that develop, deliver and support innovative applications specifically created for Seneca’s unique blend of services.Michael is passionate about designing and producing creatively unique solutions to increase efficiency and improve service delivery and is personally involved to a significant degree in Seneca’s application development process. In addition to internally-focused activities, Michael engages with organizations at the county, state and federal levels to represent the technology-related interests and perspective of both Seneca and the broader community of behavioral health providers. These organizations includecounties, other behavioral health providers, state advocacy groups and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONCHIT). Before coming to Seneca, Michael worked in the custom software industry, developing applications tailored for a wide variety of companies representing numerous industries such as healthcare, retail, technology, non-profit and more. During this time, he took an interest not just in the software development process, but also in the broader perspective of organization-wide information technology environments. Michael holds a B.S. in Computer Science from CSU Hayward (now CSU East Bay)

JANET BRIGGS

Janet Briggs, Chief Financial Officer of Seneca Family of Agencies, began her endeavor in finance by achieving her bachelors’ degree in Business Economics with an Accounting Emphasis from the University of California Santa Barbara. Janet began her career in Public Accounting working in various industries gaining extensive experience in accounting and business management and then specializing in providing audit and accounting services for various not for profit social service agencies as a CPA. Her in-depth understanding of accounting issues and regulations unique to not for profit agencies has distinguished Janet as a knowledgeable source and leader for this company. Since coming to Seneca in 2002, Janet has supervised and trained an ever-growing accounting staff on various accounting policies and procedures pertaining to Seneca programs. Not only does she review and monitor numerous county and state contracts, Janet also oversees all fiscal activity for over 150 programs in 20 different counties. Attending monthly fiscal program meetings, Janet is dedicated to effectively communicating with directors and managing the financial integrity of Seneca. In an effort to constantly improve practice and management skills, Janet regularly attends conferences and trainings specific to her role at Seneca. In addition to her successes here at Seneca Family of Agencies, Janet also is a mother to two wonderful boys.


KEN BERRICK

Ken Berrick is the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Emeritus of Seneca Family of Agencies, a nonprofit agency dedicated to providing Unconditional Care to children and families through comprehensive mental health, education, juvenile justice, placement and permanency services. Since its founding in 1985, Seneca has developed innovative programs ranging from Wraparound and Intensive Treatment Foster Care, to integrated mental health services in schools, and a crisis continuum of care for youth and their families. Mr. Berrick is Governor-appointed Commissioner on the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission. He is also a Governor’s Appointee on the California Child Welfare Council, where he co-chairs the Behavioral Health Committee, tasked with developing best practice recommendations to guide policy and inform statewide efforts to effectively address the behavioral health needs of children involved in or at risk of involvement in the child welfare system. Mr. Berrick is a two-time former President of the California Alliance of Child and Family Services and serves on numerous policy planning groups in California at both the county and state-level. He is an elected member and Past-President of the Alameda County Board of Education, and Past-President of the California County Boards of Education. In 2014, he was recognized by California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth as Advocate of the Year. In 2017, he was a recipient of the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award, and in 2021, a recipient of the Jefferson Bronze Award. He is co-author of the books, Unconditional Care: Relationship-Based, Behavioral Intervention with Vulnerable Children and Families (Oxford University Press, 2010), and Unconditional Education (Oxford University Press, 2019).

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LETICIA GALYEAN

Leticia Galyean is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Seneca Family of Agencies, a nonprofit agency dedicated to providing Unconditional Care to youth and their families throughout California and Washington State. She received both her Bachelor’s degree and Masters of Social Work from the University of California, Berkeley.

Leticia began her career with Seneca in 2001 as a Wraparound counselor inspired by the passionate belief that the effects of childhood trauma should be patiently and persistently supported in the context of family and community. Throughout her tenure at Seneca, Leticia has served as Program Director; Regional Executive Director; Executive Director of Data, Evaluation, and Strategic Initiatives; and Chief Operating Officer.

She has developed, led, and evaluated numerous programs across the Bay Area and Central Coast, assisting youth and their families to meet their behavioral health, academic, and permanency goals. Leticia is a frequent presenter at national conferences on Seneca’s Unconditional Care treatment model and behavioral health interventions. As CEO, Leticia oversees all aspects of Seneca including 150+ programs, with 1,400+ employees, serving 18,000+ youth and their families, annually.

She has served as a member of several policy development groups in California at both the county and state-level. Leticia also serves as an active member of the California Alliance for Child & Family Services, California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies, the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, and is a Board member of SOAR for Youth. From the time she was a counselor through her entire tenure at Seneca, Leticia has led with the vision to strengthen the larger systems of care for our most vulnerable youth and their families.