Wellness and Support Services

Wellness is an important part of NACA’s holistic and integrated curriculum. It is implemented with meticulous attention to provide the balance necessary for a child to truly succeed as a student – and more importantly – as a human being.  With Indigenous cultures children are honored, and each child is recognized for his or her special purpose. Given the many barriers that Native American children experience, NACA has put into place multiple collaborative programs that helps to provide holisitic services including the physical, emotional, and nutritional support they need. Personal Wellness classes are also incorporated into the school day for each student.

Student Support Team

Wellness Initiative and Programs include:

  • Student Support Services
  • First Nations Community Health Source-School Based Health Center
  • Prevention Programs
  • Personal Wellness Classes
  • NACA Food and Nutrition Policy
  • Wellness Wheel
  • Student Health Advisory Council (S.H.A.C.)

Student Support Services

In keeping with the NACA Holistic Wellness Philosophy, which honors the whole person in their environment, NACA offers each student, family and NACA faculty/staff a variety of services to support them in achieving their goals in school, developing socially and emotionally, strengthening peer and family relationships, and by helping students to realize their role in the community.

Student Support Services serves all NACA students, families, and staff FREE of charge.

Student Support Services offers the following:

Student Support Consultation-  provides an initial meeting with a Student Support Services staff member, for the student, parent(s)/guardian(s), student’s advisor, and other NACA staff or faculty when appropriate. This meeting offers participants a chance to identify strengths, express concerns, and develop an action plan to support the student’s success at NACA.

Education Groups– including student groups and in-classroom presentations focusing on health and wellness topics such as life skills and healthy relationships.

  • KnowRx Peer Mentors- The #KnowRx Peer Mentors are a student group that meets bi-weekly to learn about prescription drug abuse prevention and create educational tools for our community. The new "Natural Ways to Relieve Pain" zine has been curated by the peer mentors to promote healthy coping skills and highlight alternative pain relief methods already used by members of our NACA community. 
  • Positive NACA Norms 6th Grade Advisory Group-SAPO has integrated Positive NACA Norms (PNN) training into the curriculum of Ms. Seawright's 6th grade advisory in order to create messages that are meant to reduce underage drinking in our community. One message is released each month either on the NACA social media platforms, or distributed in print-form on main campus. Messages feature current NACA data, images of community, and strengths-based words/quotes. 

Community Outreach– participation in Parent Nights and other Wellness/Community events on and off campus.

Case Management/Referral– Staff provides referrals and assistance to obtain resources and/or services for students and their family. Additionally, NACA works closely with APS TITLE I program to provide further resources for students and their families experiencing a housing transition.

Crisis Intervention- provided by staff who have specialized training to help students during a stressful or emotional overwhelming incident. Peers, family members, administrators, faculty or staff may request such assistance on behalf of the student.

Eagle Room*– a peaceful, culturally-based meditation space provided for all NACA students, families and staff for self-reflection, meditation and prayer honoring our Native traditions. Students who are dealing with worry, stress, trauma, or any emotional hurt may utilize this peaceful room anytime during or after school. The Eagle Room is our most widely utilized program Students may refer themselves or be referred by a parent/guardian, administrator, faculty, or other staff for the above services. If you have any questions or would like to make a referral for these services, please contact the Student Support Services Office at 266-0992 x1100.

Parental consent is NOT required and shall not bar children regardless of age from receiving the following service.

  • In cases of emergency when a minor is in need of immediate hospitalization, medical attention, or surgery and the parents of the minor cannot be located for the purpose of consenting…after reasonable efforts have been made…consent can be given by any person standing in locus parentis to the minor. (NMSA 24-10-2)
  • A youth 14 years of age or older has the right to consent to individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, guidance, counseling or other forms of verbal therapy. This does not include psychotropic medication. A child under the age of 14 years may consent to initial assessment and early intervention services, limited to verbal therapy, not to exceed a two-week period. After the initial period, parental consent is required. (NM 32A-6-14)

**As per state law, children age 14 or older have the right to consent to their own mental health treatment without written parental consent.  NACA Student Support Services strongly encourage discussion between the student and parent/guardian regarding these services.

In order to better serve our students and their families NACA has developed partnerships with several key organizations and universities in the state:

  • First Nations Community Health Source
  • Circle of Life Counseling-Eight Northern Pueblos Council, Inc.
  • New Mexico Highlands University, School of Social Work Field Placement Site
  • New Mexico State University, School of Social Work Field Placement Site
  • Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board
  • Serna Solutions
  • Equine Therapeutic Connections

First Nations Community Healthsource-School Based Health Center

The First Nations School-Based Health Center (SBHC) provides physical health, dental, and health education services to NACA.  Their office is located on NACA Main and CNM School campuses.


Located: NACA Main Campus 2nd floor

To receive services for a NACA student; A parent guardian can pick up, fill out, and return the consent form for dental treatmnet at NACA's front desk or in the School Based Health Clinic. The consent forms are available at registration and throughout the school year.

Staff: Mehzabin Hirji, Dentist and Jazmin Amaya, Dental Assistant

The FNHC Student Based Health Clinic Service hours are:

Main Campus

Located: Naca Main on 2nd floor

Primary care Monday through Thursdays 8:00am-5:00pm. Friday 8:00am to 12:00 noon

SBHC Staff:

Monica Schmit - Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at NACA main campus (505) 266-0992 Ext. 1103

CNM Campus: Primary care Monday through Friday 9:00am to 2:00pm

The services provided at the NACA Student based health center are:

SBHC Staff:

Nancy Sandvik-Yassin- Pediatric Nurse Practioner at CNM campus (505) 224-4930)

Physical Health

  • Well Child Exams
  • Fitness and Healthy Lifestyle Choices
  • Vision/hearing screens
  • Sports Physicals
  • Immunizations
  • Acute Illness/Injury Care
  • Chronic Illness Support
  • Confidential services
  • Health Education on a variety of topics


To receive SBHC services for a NACA student a parent/guardian can pick up, fill out , sign and return a First Nations SBHC registration and consent for services form at the NACA Main Campus office or the FNHC school based health center clinics. The forms are available at registration or throughout the school year. Without a signed consent form the clinic staff are limited in the services they can provide a student.

Prevention Programs

NACA S.A.P.O. (Substance Abuse Prevention Office)

Our aim is to reduce underage drinking and prescription painkiller misuse through education, Strengthening Families parent education groups, building capacity for restorative justice, and a strength based media campaign called Positive NACA Norms. Follow us on Instagram @naca_sapo. This initiative is funded by the State of NM Department of Health, Office of Substance Abuse Prevention and is renewed annually.

Natural Helpers

Natural Helpers are a group of students who are selected by their peers and staff who have shown a natural skill for helping others. The goals of this project are to prevent suicide and increase empathy and healthy conflict resolution skills in our school community. This initiative is funded by the State of NM, Department of Health, Office and School and Adolescent Health and is renewed annually.

Equine Therapy Program ( Equine Therapeutic Connections)

The Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board (AAIHB) American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Health Equity Project Initiative will bring together a multidisciplinary partnership network with Equine Therapeutic Connections to support the development, implementation and evaluation of culturally appropriate, evidence-based practices to address trauma, reduce health risk behaviors and strengthen resiliency among AI/AN adolescents. This project will work with up to 70 NACA middle school and high school students and provide them with equine therapy.

NACA Food and Nutrition Policy

To enhance the learning performance of our students, NACA has adopted a Food and Nutrition Policy. Through the policy, NACA students and staff have agreed to accept the responsibility to increase awareness and knowledge of nutrition and health issues; maintain physical health and proper nutrition as a way of honoring self, family, and community; and promote personal wellness. This nutrition policy is in effect while on NACA campus or an association with an event and celebration with NACA. We understand there may be special circumstances in which the policy may not be followed strictly but our goals and responsibility as a community should be to empower healthy mind, body and spirit as the foundational building blocks of healthy living. Download NACA’s Food and Nutrition Policy

Wellness Wheel

NACA uses a Wellness Wheel as a tool for students, staff and community to articulate their perceptions, goals and assessments of surrounding their health.  A person is able to use the Wellness Wheel to visually record their Intellectual, Physical, Community and Social/Emotional health. This is a holistic approach and is centered in a respect for indigenous knowledge.  


Student Health Advisory Council (S.H.A.C.)

NACA prioritizes the voices, opinions and needs of our students and parents when developing our Wellness programs. The SHAC meets bi-monthly to provide a forum for students, parents, faculty, staff, administration and community partners to discuss, plan and implement wellness initiatives for the school that embody our Wellness Philosophy. Please join us for these meetings for meaningful participation in “Growing Together”. We honor the time and effort families make to participate so we provide a family dinner, free childcare and incentives for attending.