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Student & Campus Health

Mental Health Counseling for Northern Students

Adam Baca, MA, LPCC
Behavioral Health Counselor
M: 8am-Noon, Tu/Th 8am-4:30 pm
Office: TEC 213  505-747-5064, adam.baca@nnmc.edu

Adam (Adan) grew up in Española, and has 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. Download a Counseling Referral form here, though you can still see Adam without one.

On-campus counseling services are confidential and free for students. No record of counseling is contained in any academic, educational, or job placement file. Referrals can be made by contacting Adam Baca directly.

Free, Confidential Counseling Services for NNMC Students

Counseling services are available via telephone for NNMC students through Title V CASSA.  Counseling services are provided by an independent licensed therapist.  All services are free for students, and are confidential. No record of counseling is contained in any academic, educational, or job placement file.

Counseling is an opportunity to solve problems and learn new skills.  Students can utilize counseling services to address issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, PTSD, anger management and alcohol and drug concerns.  Students may also meet with the counselor if they are interested in off-campus resources and referrals.  Counseling may be brief or on-going, depending on the needs of the individual.


  • A counselor will schedule an appointment with you.
  • The counselor will meet with you by telephone where you can talk privately about your concerns.

Referrals can be made by contacting Adam Baca, MA, LPCC, Behavioral Health Counselor, directly at adam.baca@nnmc.edu.  Please contact Mr. Baca if you would like more information. 

NM Dept. of Health COVID-19 Guidance

IF you feel sick, please call the NM DOH Hotline before going to the doctor or emergency room.

NM Coronavirus information
COVID-19 Hotline
1 855-600-3453
Non-health Covid-19 questions (food, childcare, etc.) 1-833-551-0518
CDC Coronavirus information
CDC guidance on vaccines
Presbyterian Covid19 Resources

Presbyterian Española: 505-753-7111
Christus St.Vincent Covid-19 Updates
Las Clinicas Del Norte: Call first!
Abiquiu: 505-685-4479
El Rito: 575-581-4728
Ojo Caliente: 505-583-2191
Home care if you are sick or caring for someone who is sick

Crisis Hotline Numbers

In case of an emergency, the following hotlines can provide you with information, assistance, and connection to local resources (En caso de emergencia, los siguientes números telefónicos pueden darle información, ayuda y datos de recursos en su zona):

New Mexico Crisis and Access Line (Red para crisis y acceso de NM) 1 (855) NMCRISIS / 1 (855) 662-7474.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1 (800) 273-TALK / 1 (800) 273-8255.
Red Para la Prevención del Suicidio 1 (800) 273-TALK / 1 (800) 274-8255.
New Mexico Peer to Peer Warmline (Red de Pares de NM):  1 (855) 4NM-7100 / 1 (855) 466-7100 or or text 1-855-466-7100
Solace Crisis Treatment Center: 800-721-7273.
Support regarding rape or sexual assault
AGORA Crisis Center: 1-855-505-4505 or chat online
Crisis Response of Santa Fe (Ayuda para crisis en Santa Fe):  1 (505) 820-6333
Crisis Line Vets4Warriors (Ayuda para veteranos en crisis) 1 (855) 838-8255 or text 1-732-333-3634
Native Youth Crisis Line (Ayuda a jóvenes indígenas en crisis):  1 (888) 628-9454
Crisis Line Lesbian/Gay/Trans/Questioning Youth (Ayuda a jóvenes gay/lesbianas/en questionamiento en crisis):  The Trevor Project: 1 (866) 488-7386
Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860 

Domestic violence

Esperanza Shelter: Santa Fe, Crisis Hotline: 800-473-5220; Support Center, 505-474-5536
Crisis Center of Northern NM: 800-206-1656.
Help with orders of protection, housing assistance, counseling services and emergency shelter.  505-753-1656, Crisis line 800-206-1656.
Peace Keepers: 505-753-4790
Domestic violence services and support for Native Americans: 705 C La Joya St. Española, NM, 505-753-4790 or  1-800-400-8694

Housing shelters and assistance

Espanola Pathways Shelter: 505-753-4453
St Elizabeth’s Shelter and Casa Familia: Santa Fe, 505-982-6611
Interfaith Community Shelter: aka “Pete’s Place,” Santa Fe.  505-795-7494
Taos Men’s Shelter: 575-779-1133
Rock Christian Fellowship: men’s home, 505-753-2094
Dream Tree Project Youth Shelter: 575-758-9595
Youth Shelters & Family Services: Santa Fe, 505-983-0586
Rio Arriba County Health and Human Services: 505-753-1418 or 505-231-5829 

Additional support services

Emergency food and supplies: HELP NM, 505-753-7181
Immigration support: Santa Fe Dreamers, 505-490-2789
Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Social Services: 505-852-6118

Services for Ohkay Owingeh members.  

Public Health Office:

HIV Testing and Prevention, Rapid HIV Testing, STD Services STD Testing & Treatment, Free Condoms, Hepatitis Services: HBV/HCV Testing & HAV/HBV Vaccines, Harm Reduction / Syringe Services, Overdose prevention/Naloxone.  Rio Arriva Health Commons: 2010 Industrial Park Rd,  Española, NM. 505-753-2794

Rental and utility assistance: The Life Link, 505-395-2531 or 505-819-9901
Senior food hotline: 1-800-432-2080
Suicide Prevention Training: For Faculty, Staff, and Students, (888) 726-7926 "Question, Persuade, and Refer" (QPR) Training
Student Health Insurance Information
Regional Health Services for Students

Drug and alcohol counseling

Hoy Recovery Program; 505-852-2580 or 505-753-2203.

Outpatient Substance Abuse Counseling.  612 N. Paseo de Onate. Española, NM 505-753-2203
Residential Substance Abuse Treatment and Detox.  Velarde, NM 505-852-2580

Santa Fe Recovery Center: 505-471-4985

Española: Outpatient Substance Abuse Counseling.  510 Paseo de Onate. Española, NM. 505-747-8302.
Santa Fe: Outpatient, Detox and Residential and Aftercare Programs.  4100 Lucia Lane. Santa Fe, NM. 505-471-4985

8 Northern Pueblos New Moon Lodge: 505-852-2788

Individual and family counseling for Native American children, adolescents and adults.  Residential substance abuse treatment.  346 Eagle Rd, Española, NM 87532.  505-852-1377

Inside Out Recovery: Espanola, 505-367-3500; Barrios Unidos, Chimayo 505-351-1644, 

Peer support, substance abuse support and peer counseling. Help with referrals, clothing and food.  919 N. Riverside Drive. Española, NM, behind The Rock.

Rio Arriba County Health and Human Services: 505-753-1418 

Various services including case management, help accessing detox and treatment.
Rio Arriva Health Commons, 505-753-3143.
RAC STOP, Substance abuse treatment, outreach and prevention, CRAFT.  Española, NM. 505-753-1418

The Mountain Center

Counseling and Recovery Services, HIV Testing & Prevention, STD Testing & Services, Hepatitis Services, Harm reduction/syringe services, Overdose prevention/Naloxone. 1000 N Paseo De Onate, Española, NM  505-690-4915, Sharps Hotline 505-901-9020

Barrios Unidos: 505-351-1644, 505-614-5379, 

Drop in and support services for substance abuse, 12 step meetings, traditional healing.  John Hyson School, Chimayo.

12 Step meetings: nm-aa.org and riograndena.org
NNMC Counseling Services for NNMC students: 505-747-5064
Sangre de Cristo House: Women’s recovery.  505-465-2040
Four Winds Behavioral Health: Rio Rancho.  505-702-8547, 

Turquoise Lodge Hospital: Albuquerque.  505-841-8978
MATS detox: Albuquerque.  505-468-1555.
Mental health and substance abuse counseling:
The Life Link: 505-438-0010. 

Española Outreach Office: Brief substance abuse and mental health counseling and referrals. 919 N. Riverside Dr., Suite B-3 (Next to Inside Out). Mondays, Wednesdays or by appointment. 505-795-0740
Santa Fe: Substance abuse and Mental Health Counseling, Case Management, Psychiatry, Housing, Suboxone, IOP, Human Trafficking Victim Services. Walk-in daily 8 am to 10:30 am. 2325 Cerrillos Rd. Santa Fe, NM. 505-438-0010

Presbyterian Medical Services: 505-747-7400 

Counseling, psychiatry, case management and crisis intervention.
Valley community Health Center: 835 Spruce St.  Suite C and D.  Española, NMEl Centro Family Health 505-753-7218

El Centro Family Health: 505-753-7218
Health Services Plus: Hepatitis C, Opiate Replacement Therapy, Mental Health Counseling, Pain Management, Nutrition Counseling, Medicaid Enrollment.
Rio Arriba Health Commons: 2010 Industrial Park Rd.  Española, NM. 505-753-7395
Santa Clara Pueblo Behavioral Health Department: 505-692-6315

Mental and Substance Abuse counseling and case management. 360 Fog Road. Española, NM.  505-692-6315

Casa de Corazon: 505-747-1991
Circle of Life/8 Northern Pueblos: 505-852-1377 

Individual and family counseling for Native American children, adolescents and adults.  Residential substance abuse treatment.  346 Eagle Rd, Española, NM 87532.  505-852-1377

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