Chief of Behavioral Health
After receiving Master’s degrees in both Social Work and Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, Ms. Facher began her professional career as a Medical Social Worker with La Clínica de La Raza, Inc. (La Clínica) in 1993. Since that time, Ms. Facher has held positions as an instructor, manager and a leader within Behavioral Health disciplines. After having provided direct patient care to culturally diverse, low-income patients as a Medical Social Worker with both La Clínica and Marin Community Clinic, Ms. Facher went on to work as a Public Health Consultant Trainer from 1999-2007. In this capacity, Ms. Facher helped to design and deliver customized trainings to line staff of state, county, and non-profit agencies on a broad range of behavioral health topics. Clients included the Alameda County Social Services Agency, Alameda County Behavioral Health Services, First 5 California, California Family Health Council, UCSF’s California Childcare Health Program, and several others.
Ms. Facher returned to La Clínica in 2008 to become the agency’s Manager of Integrated Behavioral Health. She was a senior consultant at The Permanente Medical Group from 2016 – 2019, and then returned to La Clínica as Director of Behavioral Health. Since her return in early 2019, Ms. Facher has overseen all Behavioral Health Services for La Clínica, including: Specialty Behavioral Health Services in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, Integrated Behavioral Health Services, and Prevention and Early Intervention services. The Specialty Behavioral Health programs, Casa del Sol in Oakland and Casa de Luz in Oakley, are licensed community mental health clinics that provide a broad range of culturally-based mental health services. La Clínica’s Integrated Behavioral Health services include Case Managers, Integrated Behavioral Health Clinicians, and Behavioral Medicine Specialists who are co-located in our 20 primary care clinics, including our School-Based Health Centers. Community-based Behavioral Health Prevention and Early Intervention services are provided in Alameda County by Mental Health Specialists, Health Educators, and Traditional Healers who provide workshops and support groups in the community and consultation to community leaders.
In addition to her Master’s degrees in both Social Work and Public Health, Ms. Facher received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Cum Laude, from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.