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Meet the Staff

Shelton State C.A.R.E. - Communicate, Assess, Refer, and Educate
Wyetta Ryan Barnes, Ph.D.

Student Resource and Support Coordinator

CARE/ Title IX/ International PDSO

Phone: 205.391.2481

Office: Student Success Suite 2411 C

What is the C.A.R.E. Team?

The C.A.R.E. Team helps students find solutions when they are experiencing academic, social, emotional, and crises.

Mission Statement

The Shelton State Community College C.A.R.E. Program (Communicate, Assess, Refer, and Educate) is committed to helping maintain individual and College community safety and well-being through proactive and collaborative prevention, assessment, and intervention. The C.A.R.E. Team connects students who are experiencing unusual stress or challenges with a variety of resources internally and externally to address their concerns.



The Shelton State C.A.R.E. Program is part of an early warning and intervention system that allows the College to proactively provide resources to at-risk individuals.  Whether submissions are made online or in person, all requests and referrals for assistance are confidential.


While the Shelton State C.A.R.E. Team leads this effort, it is important to note that the College community shares this responsibility.  All are encouraged to provide support and assistance by submitting requests to the Shelton State C.A.R.E. Team.


Why Refer?

The C.A.R.E. team can provide resources and individualized help to students who are experiencing difficulties.  This includes both internal and external resources.


How Does the C.A.R.E. Team find out about students of concern?

The C.A.R.E. Team receives referrals from a variety of sources. Faculty, staff, peers, and parents can submit their concerns for a student online, by email, or by phone. The C.A.R.E. Team encourages everyone to “say something if they see something” that concerns them.

Use the options below to report a concern or need or schedule a meeting with Dr. Barnes.


211/Information and Referral Services 205.758.3867
Dial 911 for any emergency. 911
DCH North Harbor Pavilion 205.333.3000
DCH Regional Medical Center 205.759.7111
Family Counseling Service

Five Horizons Health Services


Good Samaritan Clinic

Hospice of West Alabama

Indian Rivers Mental Health Crisis Line 205.391.3131
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Northport Medical Center 205.333.4500
The Sickle Cell Disease Association of America-West Alabama Chapter 205.758.1761
Tuscaloosa County Health Department

Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center

United Way of Alabama

Whatley Health Services

Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault
Domestic Violence Hotline for Alabama 800.650.6522
Indian Rivers Mental Health Crisis Line 205.391.3131
National Domestic Violence Hotline 800.799.7233
SAFE Center Crisis Line 205.860.7233
The Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ+) 866.488.7386
Turning Point Crisis Line 205.758.0808
Tuscaloosa Safe Center 205.860.7233
University of Alabama’s Women’s Center 205.348.5040
Suicide Prevention
Indian Rivers Mental Health Crisis Line 205.391.3131
Suicide and Crisis Lifeline 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
Alabama Public Health Suicide Prevention Alabama Public Health| Suicide Prevention
Tuscaloosa VA Suicide Prevention Tuscaloosa VA| Suicide Prevention
Advocacy and Support
Child Abuse Prevention Services of Tuscaloosa 205.758.1159
Domestic Violence Law Clinic 205.348.4960
Office of Student Services 205.391.2214
Tuscaloosa’s One Place

Emergency Services/Law Enforcement
Tuscaloosa Police Department 205.349.2121
Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Department 205.752.0616
Northport Police Department 205.339.6600

When first faced with the news of loss, it is not unusual to feel overwhelmed, numb, in denial, or angry. In the first hours, it may be beneficial to reach out to your support system and avoid making important decisions. Once the initial wave of emotion has passed, here are some potential next steps towards meeting your immediate needs.  The CARE Team encourages you to first take care of your immediate physical and emotional needs.


Tips for coping with grief

  • Physical exercise along with relaxation will improve sleep and concentration.
  • Keep a journal. Write through your sleeplessness and change the ending of your nightmares.
  • Talk to people. Talk is one of the most healing activities. It is how we let go of stress.
  • Give yourself permission to feel sad and share your feelings with others.
  • Give yourself permission to have moments of happiness or escape.
  • Spend time with others. Resist the temptation to isolate.
  • Get plenty of rest and eat regular meals even if you don’t feel like it.


In dealing with a loss, you may miss classes and due dates for the funeral services and family responsibilities. To inform the College of a loss, complete this form.

Food and Clothing Resources
American Red Cross Project Share

Catholic Social Services

Christian Ministry Center

Community Soup Bowl 205.752.2421
Good Samaritan Clinic

Grace Presbyterian Food Pantry

United Way of West Alabama

West Alabama Food Bank
Housing Resources
Northport Housing Authority 205.752.8171
Tuscaloosa Housing Authority 205.758.6619
Salvation Army (Northport) 205.333.0113
Salvation Army (Tuscaloosa) 205.632.3691
Temporary Emergency Services

Collegiate Recovery

Alcoholics Anonymous 205.752.5857
Behavioral Health Group 205.750.0227
Bradford Health Services 205.344.6483
Bridge, Inc. 205.759.8063
Celebrate Recovery 205.391.3131
Indian Rivers Mental Health Center 205.758.3867
Phoenix House 205.723.0727
Second Chances of Tuscaloosa 205.764.0797
Support Groups
Al-Anon for Families and Friends of Alcoholics 205.345.5353
Alabama Head Injury Foundation 205.823.3818
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Group 205.345.1112
Alzheimer’s Family Support Group 205.752.5527
Amazing Caregiver Support Group 205.758.2108
Arts In Autism 205.247.4990
Bereavement Support Group 205.523.0101
DCH Support groups 205.759.1159
Diabetes Support Group 205.345.1112
Domestic Violence Support Group 205.758.0808
Grief Share-First Baptist Church-Tuscaloosa 205.394.3464
Grief Share-First Methodist Church-Tuscaloosa 205.345.7291
Sexual Assault Support Group 205.758.0808
Survivors of Suicide 205.345.6640
Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program

Family Solutions

Legal Services of Alabama

University of Alabama Law Clinic