Student Health

Behavioral Health Services for Northern Students

Adam (Adan) Baca, MA, LPCC
On-campus Behavioral Health Counselor
M: 8am-Noon, Tu/Th 8am-4:30 pm
Office: TEC 213  505-747-5064

Adam (Adan) grew up in Española, and has close to twenty years of experience as a therapist, clinical director and supervisor. Much of his clinical work prioritizes treating co-occurring disorders, with a focus on addiction and PTSD. He has extensive training and experience working with adults, adolescents and families.

Susan Nelsen, LISW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
El Centro Family Health.
Direct: 505.927.5565
El Centro at 505.752.7395.

Hours: 8am to 4pm, Tues./Wed., Rio Arriba Health Commons, top of Industrial Road, above Carlos Vigil Middle School.

Medicaid and Individual Insurance accepted. Co-pays will be minimal or none.

Uninsured: Service ranges from $3 to $12 based on annual income. No one seeking Behavioral Health services is turned away due to lack of insurance.

Student Health Insurance Information

Regional Health Services for Students

Crisis Lines

  • NEW! Toll Free Statewide New Mexico Crisis and Access Line (NMCAL):
    1-855-NMCRISIS (1-855-662-7474)

For emergency psychiatric help, call:
National Suicide Prevention Line: 1-800-273-8255
Local PMS Crisis Line: 505-820-6333

Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention Training: For Faculty, Staff, and Students
"Question, Persuade, and Refer" (QPR) Training


Trevor Project 1-866-488-7386
Trans Lifeline 1-877-565-8860

Student Support Groups

  • February: National Black History Month
  • March: National Women’s History Month  + “Title IX Month”
  • April : Sexual Assault Prevention Awareness Month
  • May: National Mental Health Month
  • June: Pride Month
  • September: IndoHispano History Month
  • October: Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • November: National Native American Heritage Month

Choose us for our value, our quality degree and continuing education programs in diverse areas of study, our experienced faculty, and NORTHERN provides students with unique opportunities for academic, personal and professional growth. “You will have personalized attention, something difficult to get at larger colleges. We provide strong hands-on experiences from day one.” –Dr. Ivan Lopez, Dean, College of Engineering & Technology
The Northern Foundation remains committed to stimulate leadership, promote equity, and grow resources and philanthropy in the Española Valley and surrounding rural areas. Over the past twenty years, we have granted $1.3 million to support over 1,250 NNMC students.