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The Baler Wellness Center

(Self-referrals are open to students from the first day of school until May 1st.)

Baler Wellness Center Information

The Baler Wellness Center provides a supportive environment on campus where students can access free and confidential social-emotional support. The center provides short-term (6-8 sessions) school-based counseling. Additionally, it provides a safe space for students to complete a wellness check-in and access community resources and programs. Please click here to schedule an appointment for a wellness check-in.

The Wellness Team
Rooms 190-191
637-5831 ext. 114

Read the Baler Wellness Newsletter

Common Questions About the Baler Wellness Center

When can students visit the center?

Students are permitted to visit the center before school, during breaks, lunch, and after school. During class, with the teacher’s permission, students can request an appointment by scanning the QR code on the BWC poster. Posters are located in every classroom. 

How can I access support from the Baler Wellness Center?

Students can complete a Student Self Referral, they can be referred through their school counselor, a support manager or migrant/EL case manager.

Parents can contact their student’s school counselor if they would like to discuss a Baler Wellness Referral.

Why would a student visit the Baler Wellness Center?

Students visit the Wellness Center for a variety of reasons such as, but not limited to: group counseling, school-based counseling appointment with a provider, a wellness-check-in, crisis support, and to access outside community and wellness resources.

Our Community Partners:

Care Solace

Our district is committed to the health, safety, and well-being of our students, staff, and families. We are proud to announce our partnership with @CareSolace24_7 to support our ongoing commitment. If you or a family member are looking for help with mental health or substance use, Care Solace will quickly connect you to community providers matched to your needs. Call 888-515-0595 at any time or search on your own at

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A Look Inside the Baler Wellness Center:

Baler Wellness Center Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Visit/Contact the Wellness Center:

Rooms 190-191
637-5831 ext. 114

Crisis Hotlines & Resources

If you know someone who is experiencing a crisis, please encourage them to seek help and call or text one of the following numbers listed below.

  • CALL: Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • CALL: Youth Crisis Line (24/7): 1-800-843-5200
  • CALL: Crisis Support Services (24/7): 1-800-309-2131
  • CALL: National Domestic Violence Hotline/Child Abuse (24/7): 1-800-422-4453
  • CALL: National Teen Dating Abuse: 1-866-331-9474
  • CALL: Parental Stress (24/7): 510-893-5444
  • CALL: Narcotics Hotline: 925-685-4357
  • CALL: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 1-888-662-HELP (4357)
  • CALL: California HOPE Support with Coping skills: 833-317 HOPE (4673)
  • TEXT: “HOME” to 741741 (to text with crisis counselor)
  • TEXT: “Start” to 678678 (to LGBTQ Crisis Support)
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Meet the Baler Wellness Center Staff

Samantha Rivas, MTSS Intervention Counselor
Rivas, Samantha
MTSS Intervention Counselor
Student Support Services, Baler Wellness Center
Phone: 831-637-5831 Ext. 190

I practice self care by riding my Peloton and unplugging.

Amit Bhandal, Social Worker, SBHS Wellness Center
Bhandal, Amit
Social Worker, Baler Wellness Center
School Support Services
Phone: 831-637-5831 Ext. 191

I practice self care by spending time with my husband and dog Ella <3 and practicing mindfulness in the mornings!

Maggie Medina, Social Worker, Baler Wellness Center
Medina, Maggie
Social Worker, Baler Wellness Center
School Support Services
Phone: 831-637-5831 Ext. 711

I practice self-care by spending time with family and going on walks.

Deborah Armstrong, Assistant Principal
Armstrong, Deborah
Assistant Principal, Baler Wellness Center
Multi-Tiered Support System (MTSS)
Phone: 831-637-5831 Ext. 111

I practice self care by staying committed to my yoga practice and reading a book for fun every week.

Emmanuel Nelson, Director of Student Support Services
Nelson, Emmanuel
Director of Student Support Services
Administration, Baler Wellness Center, School Support Services, Special Education
Phone: 831-637-5831 Ext. 139

I practice self-care by going to the gym and keeping a journal.