Three Herkimer College students enrolled in the Human Services program were recently awarded certification as CarePath™ Coaches through Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc. (MHANYS).

As part of the certification process, Alexis Lynch (Utica), Natalie Daley (Herkimer), and Samantha Childs (Ilion) each presented their interests and career aspirations in the mental health field. These topics included senior care, adolescents at risk of foster care placement, and parents in need of support for their children. Each student was awarded CarePath™ certification following their presentations.

Lynch and Daley are May 2024 graduates, and Childs is planning to complete her degree in August 2024.

MHANYS CarePath™ is a non-clinical program designed to support teenagers and adults who experience behavioral health challenges. This is achieved by training certified coaches who work with individuals in recovery and their families or chosen supporters over a three-month period.

Herkimer College is the first college to partner with MHANYS to offer academic learning opportunities.