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100 Black Men of the Bay Area Launch Mental Health Care Financial Assistance Program for A.A. Residents of Alameda County

One of the goals of 100 Black Men of the Bay Area is to provide mental health education, awareness, and resources to our mentees, their families, and the African-American community.

What is the problem?

Many people who access mental health services or therapy pay for it through their medical insurance, Employee Assistant Programs (EAP), or out-of-pocket. A standard therapy session usually runs $150-$250 per session. Private insurance and public benefits are, in many cases, a barrier to receiving services due to the red tape andslow/low provider compensation (Our accounts payables cycle is NET30, though payments are often received sooner). As a result, cash payments are preferred by many therapists while others do not accept medical insurance.

How can 100 Black Men of the Bay Area’s Mental Health Care Financial Assistance Program help?

100 Black Men of the Bay Area provides financial support for mental health care and therapy for people in the African-American community in Alameda County. Preference is given to our mentees and their families.*

Benefits Offered:

  • Two (2) Mental Health Sessions Per Month (Virtual or In-person) for A.A. Residents of Alameda County

  • Up to $200 Per Session

  • Up to $400 Per Month Per Participant

  • 6 Months of Mental Health Support

Where do I find a therapist?

Finding the right therapist may be one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Participants can choose their own qualified clinician or select one from our vetted therapists in Alameda County. Our Resources Page may provide you with additional guidance to start.

What type of therapists can I meet with?

Participants may choose to meet with any one of the following types of qualified therapists working in Alameda County:

  • Licensed Psychiatrist—must have a medical license and must have completed their residency in psychiatry, or be certified in the field of psychiatry with the American Board of Medical Specialists (ABMS)

  • Licensed Psychologist (Ph.D.)

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

  • Marriage Family Therapist (MFT)

  • Registered Psychologist (Registered with Board of Psychology)

  • Psychological Assistant

  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)

  • Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC)

  • Associate Social Worker (ASW)

  • Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT)

  • Peer Counselor (only for rape crisis counseling)

  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist

  • Psychology Associate

*Clinicians must be actively practicing and provide a valid license or supervisor’s license.

*There is a limit of five (5) program participants for each program service provider at one time.

Ready to get started?

Qualifying and participating is simple:

1. You MUST be a resident of Alameda County

2. Complete the Application and Symptom Scale Quick Assessment

3. Receive Approval for the Participant and Clinician

4. Attend Therapy!

5. Participant Completes a Short (< 1 minute) Reassessment Survey After Each Session**

6. Clinician Completes the Payment Request (after service)

7. 100 Black Men of the Bay Area Pays the Invoice (NET30)

For more information, please email us at or call 510-763-3661 ext. 700.

*Support is limited to African-American residents of Alameda County.

**Participants will be asked to complete a quick reassessment survey after each session to evaluate if the therapeutic interventions are effective in showing improvement. After the assessment is completed and the payment request/invoice is submitted, our accounting department will pay the invoice directly to the clinician (NET30).


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