Our HAIR (Health Access Initiative for Recovery) Program

Professional barbers and hairstylists recognize that sitting in their chairs can be a therapeutic experience for their clients, offering them a safe space to share sensitive information and personal aspects of their lives related to health, family, and more. Recognizing the importance of these connections, Community Behavioral Health (CBH) invites barbers and hairstylists in the Philadelphia area to participate in a unique opportunity to uplift and empower our communities of color as part of the Health Access Initiative for Recovery (HAIR).

The HAIR program provides training to professional barbers and hairstylists on how to identify signs that may indicate a client has a behavioral health disorder, such as depression, anxiety, trauma, or substance use disorder (SUD). This initiative is designed to meet people where they are most comfortable and direct them to available resources that can assist them with getting the help they may need.

Upon completion of the program, barbers and hairstylists will receive:

  • Training from a licensed educator and hairstylist on how to support clients
  • Training on helping clients access behavioral health services in Philadelphia
  • A lifesaving overdose rescue kit

Meet the Trainer

Tennille Hill of Hair Counselor Salon in Mechanicsburg, PA, has partnered with behavioral health managed care organizations (BH-MCO) to bring the HAIR program to life! Hill, a Philadelphia native, is a mental health counselor, licensed educator, and licensed stylist.

Training Information

  • The HAIR Program will accept professionally licensed barbers and stylists who practice in a public beauty setting serving Black and African American communities.
  • The training will involve three in-person training sessions for a total of 12 hours.
  • Participants will receive a stipend for attending the training.
  • The training will take place at the CBH office at 801 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Next Training

Summer 2024

Location: 801 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA

Participants will attend all three sessions

July 8, 2024

July 15, 2024

August 12, 2024

To Register, contact cbh.hair@phila.gov

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