REACH - Referral, Education, Assessment and Counseling for Healers

UCI Health REACH Program

UCI Health is dedicated to providing comprehensive mental health resources for our entire healthcare workforce including faculty, staff, and residents. The UCI Health REACH program is designed to provide an overview of all available programs and resources to support your mental health needs.

For questions or additional information, please contact:

Negar Shekarabi, Psy.D.
Program Director, Faculty & Staff Support Services

There are three main referral methods:

Faculty and Staff Support Services and GME use the Interactive Screening Program (ISP) in partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The program is currently distributed between two different populations:

  • Residents/Fellows
  • Health Sciences Faculty

Following submission of the online questionnaire, a licensed counselor receives and reviews the submitter’s responses to screen for any additional follow-up needed. Follow-up includes 1:1 consultation with the licensed counselor and/or referrals to on-going treatment or wellbeing resources.

  • Faculty and Staff Support Services – serves as a key point of contact to triage a mental health crisis and connect UCI Health employees to the necessary resource. This service is able to provide individual assessments for all UCI Health employees by request, as well as 1:1 crisis/trauma support.
  • Life Resources Program (available 24/7, 365 days per year)
  • Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) – Available 24/7, this organization provides support immediately following a traumatic incident. Dedicated volunteers can be available onsite within 25 minutes of the occurrence, and can stay as long as necessary to provide consolation and guidance. Contact them directly to request services at 949.614.6333. Download the TIP flyer to learn more.
  • UC Health Insurance – All UC medical plans include comprehensive and robust behavioral health coverage for visits with psychologists, psychiatrists, and counselors, as well as substance abuse treatment offered in-person and or via telehealth. Visit the UC Behavioral Health Benefits web page for more information.
  • Office of Wellbeing Mental Health Check Ins – The Office of Wellbeing provides free, confidential, one-on-one support sessions for all employees of UCI Health and UCI campus. These are done through Zoom. A wide range of topics can be discussed as well as you can receive referrals for providers. Please look out for the ZotMail, which is where you can make an appointment and someone will contact you to schedule.
  • Critical Incident Toolkit
    A step by step guide for managers and supervisors to support teams immediately after a critical incident occurs, as well as practical skills for cultivating emotional well-being.
  • Schwartz Center Rounds
    Workshops are offered monthly via Zoom on a variety of topics, from emotional health and wellbeing, to compassionate healthcare.
  • Spiritual Care
    The spiritual care team includes chaplains and volunteer spiritual care leaders from different faiths. They provide compassionate and caring spiritual support by request.
  • Graduate Medical Education (GME) Wellbeing Resource Guide
    UCI School of Medicine and UCI Health have made physician well-being a top initiative, striving to ensure 24/7, easy access to resources, protecting our valued physicians’ wellness and promoting a supportive culture. It is important for all physicians to identify risk factors, warning signs, or any concerning changes in themselves, as well as in others.
  • Samueli Office of Wellbeing Grand Rounds
    The Samueli Office of Wellbeing organizes quarterly grand rounds for UCI Health providers on issues that discuss and promote their wellbeing.
  • Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute – Learning Library
    Wellness education accessible anytime and anywhere. This library offers instructional audio and videos including mindfulness and biofeedback techniques.
  • Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute – Free Mindfulness Classes
    Mindfulness is a meditation technique that increases one’s focus on the present by cultivating moment-to-moment awareness. This can lead to a sense of improved health and wellbeing.
  • Susan Samueli Integrative Health – Restore and Rebalance
    Videos and resources on guided mindfulness, meditation, yoga therapy and more to help restore balance to the body and mind.