BHRS Director’s Update – February 2023

 Please see the latest issue of the Director’s Update from BHRS Interim Director, Lisa Mancini. 

 Topics include:

  • County Health Kicks Off Epic Electronic Health Record Project
  • BHRS Names New Director – Dr. Jei Africa
  • STARS Award  Recognizes SEAL Program
  • George Culores Hall of Fame Award
  • Mental Health Services Act – Three-Year Plan
  • Congratulations – Women in County Government Recipient & Nominees
  • CalAIM Corner – Newsflash
  • Contractors’ Association Spotlight – Felton Institute: (re)MIND®, BEAM, and (re)MIND Alumni® – Early Psychosis Coordinated Specialty Care Continuum

Past issues can be found here.

1/27 & 1/31- Half Moon Bay Victim Remembrance

The Archdiocese of San Francisco, Coastside Interfaith Community, City of Half Moon Bay, County of San Mateo, Chamber of Commerce, and other community-based organizations, have organized a few victim remembrance events that we’d like to announce to you now.

• This Friday, January 27, at 5:00 p.m., please join us at Mac Dutra Plaza, 504 Main Street, for a candlelight vigil ceremony to honor, remember, and pay tribute to the victims of the mass shooting incident. The event’s program will include song and prayer. Spanish, Mandarin, and ASL interpretation will be provided.

• On Tuesday, January 31, at 4:00 p.m., Our Lady of the Pillar Church and the Coastside Interfaith Community will host a memorial service at the Boys & Girl Club Event Center at 530 Kelly Avenue. This service will include prayers and healing words from the interfaith leaders in remembrance of the victims and hope for the future. Spanish, Mandarin, and ASL interpretation will be provided.

• Immediately following the memorial service, a candlelight processional walk will occur down Kelly Avenue, past the Mac Dutra Plaza memorial, and down Main Street to the I.D.E.S. Hall.

• At 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 31, at the I.D.E.S. Hall, 735 Main Street, the City, County, and Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to a Community Gathering for dinner and fellowship as we begin to move forward as a community. If you’d like to join us for the gathering, please register here (https://www.eventbrite.com/…/victim-remembrance…) so we can ensure we are able to host everyone appropriately.

The memorial at Mac Dutra Plaza continues to be available for anyone who wishes to grieve separately or on their own. This event has affected all of us differently. Mental Health continues to be a struggle for many, and we want to remind everyone, especially during this time, that there are resources available. The City’s CARES Team is available 7 days a week, 8:00 a.m. through 6:30 p.m. by calling 988 or 650-713-5467 and the County of San Mateo Crisis Response Team is also available to provide mental health resources by calling 800-686-0101.

Special thanks to Julio Escobar from the Archdiocese of San Francisco – Restorative Justice Ministry for planning and organizing these events for the victims and families. In addition to the events listed above, the Archdiocese will be holding a site blessing ceremony with Archbishop Cordileone on Friday afternoon.

If you or a loved one are in need of mental health support visit here.

Parent Project Classes are Here / Clases de Parent Project ya están Disponibles

Para la traducción al español, siga hasta la parte de abajo.  

The Spring 2023 Parent Project schedule is officially here! We are thrilled to announce that we will be hosting two of our Parent Project Spanish classes in-person this semester. I have attached the individual flyers for each class, as well as the All Class Flyer which provides the class start dates with the corresponding languages and registration contacts.  

The All Class Flyer is also featured on our San Mateo County Health Parent Project Website which you can visit using this link https://www.smchealth.org/post/parent-project-r  

For any questions pertaining to the Parent Project class, please contact me via my email.  

Nicoletta Kelleher  (she/her/ella)
Parent Project Program Coordinator  
Nkelleher@smcgov.org 

We look forward to seeing you all there!  


El calendario del Proyecto de Padres para la Primavera 2023 está oficialmente aquí! Es nuestro gran placer anunciar que organizaremos dos de nuestras clases en español del Proyecto de Padres, en persona este semestre. He incluído los volantes individuales para cada clase, así como el volante para Todas las Clases que proporciona las fechas de inicio de cada serie, con los idiomas correspondientes y los contactos para registrarse. 

El volante para Todas las Clases también aparece en nuestro sitio web del Proyecto de Padres, Salud del Condado de San Mateo, que puede visitar usando este enlace: https://www.smchealth.org/post/parent-project-r 

Para cualquier pregunta relacionada con la clase del Proyecto de Padres, comuníquese conmigo a través de mi correo electrónico. 

Nicoletta Kelleher (she/her/ella)
Coordinador del Programa de Proyecto de Padres 
Nkelleher@smcgov.org 

Tonight: Collective Grief and Healing Space Offerings

HI,

San Mateo county has been deeply impacted by yesterday’s events. Our hearts go out to all impacted in our communities. We want you to know that BHRS is here to provide support, healing, and resources.

I want to share important information for our communities.

  1. Community Healing Space TODAY at 4:30. A space for YOUTH to grieve, mourn, love, process and heal in response to violence occurred in the HMB community
  2. Collective Grief Space for our Asian, Pacific Islander and Desi Community TODAY from 6-7:30pm. Amplify RJ – Restorative Justice on Instagram: “On the heels of the mass shooting in Monterey Park we’re providing community grief space on Tuesday, January 24th, *2023* from 6:00-7:30pm…”

Please see attached flyers for details and please share with your communities and networks.

In community,

BHRS’ Office of Diversity & Equity

County Provides Mental Health Counselors, Other Resources to Support Coastal Residents

As we collectively mourn the loss of life in Half Moon Bay, the County of San Mateo is providing mental health counselors and other support to the community.

The Crisis Response Team (CRT) from Behavioral Health and Recovery Services has been meeting with families in the reunification center and other locations in Half Moon Bay.

CRT staff are trained in crisis response, suicide prevention, and other mental health interventions. They provide individual and group psychological first aid, grief support counseling, connection to needed ongoing services and crisis intervention counseling free of charge to residents in need.

Call 1-800-686-0101 to connect to CRT and other mental health support provided by County Health’s Behavioral Health and Recovery Services.

The County is also working with the City of Half Moon Bay and local agencies to provide temporary housing, meals and other services to those directly impacted by the shootings.

The City of Half Moon Bay advises that financial donations are being accepted by ALAS (Ayudando Latinos A Sonar) and can be made at https://www.alasdreams.com/

Please note all questions specifically regarding Monday’s shooting – the investigation, court proceedings and other matters – should be directed to the District Attorney’s Office.

Full article here.

1/18 – Heart & Soul Lunar New Year Open House

Join Heart & Soul in celebrating the Lunar New Year! Learn about their programs, meet their team member, and gather in community. Their Lunar New Year open house is Wednesday, January 18th from 3pm to 6pm at 1633 Old Bayshore Hwy, Suite 258, Burlingame.

Come hear from featured guest speaker, Erica Horn, Executive Director of California Clubhouse. The open house will also include a door prize raffle. Will the Year of the Rabbit bring you look? You may be a winner!

For more info visit heartandsoulinc.org or email info@heartandsoulinc.org.

2/11 – AACI Presents: A Black History Month Celebration

Please join San Mateo County’s African American Community Initiative (AACI) for their 2023 Black History Month Celebration. The event is on Saturday, February 11th, 2023 from 10am to 2pm. In-person location is at Cooley Landing Center (2100 Bay Rd, East Palo Alto, CA 94303).

This event will be hybrid with an in-person limited capacity of 75 people. Registration is first come first serve, and you don’t want to miss out!

Scheduled presentations and activities include Black Mental Health, COVID-19 and Health Care in the Black Community, raffle prizes, live musical performances and poetry.

RSVP for the event here.

If you are interested to volunteer for set up, clean up, ushering, door monitoring, etc, please email dpennix@smcgov.org.

The mission of the African American Community Initiative is to become a known resource for African American Community members facing challenges with finding and utilizing mental health services, while addressing inequalities faced by African Americans in our county. Our vision is to build a community driven support system for reducing mental health and substance use treatment disparities, and the stigma of mental illness. Learn more about AACI here

1/27 – Pioneer Court Open House

HealthRIGHT 360’s Pioneer Court is celebrating its grand reopening by holding an open house event.

Pioneer Court has served San Mateo since 2015 and has become a staple in the behavioral health community. Despite the unprecedented pandemic, their doors stayed open for anyone who needed their services. Today, they are proud to be a beacon of hope and continue serving the community youth and adults virtually and in person. The team at Pioneer Court looks forward to welcoming attendees to the grand reopening of its facility.

The event will be on Friday, 1/27/23 from 2pm to 5pm. Look forward to guest speakers, raffle prizes, and learning more about their youth and adult programs. More details are located on the flyer pdf below. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

BHRS Director’s Update – January 2023

Please see the latest issue of the Director’s Update from BHRS Interim Director, Lisa Mancini. 

 Topics include:

  • Peer Support Certification Update
  • Employee Service Awards
  • Farewell OCFA Director, Claudia Saggese
  • Contractors’ Association Spotlight: Heart and Soul
  • Intergenerational Trauma in the Latinx Community
  • CalAIM Corner: CalAIM Implementation Glitches

Past issues can be found here.

Latino Collaborative Co-Chair Honored with Extra Mile Award at Women in County Government

Pictured left to right: Yolanda Ramirez, Claudia Saggese, Melissa Ibarra, Sylvia Tang, Gloria Gonzalez, Maria Lorente-Foresti, Kristie Lui, Yahaira Ortega, Twila Dependahl, Regina Moreno

Each year our San Mateo County Women in County Government recognizes exceptional women working in our government departments. This year numerous nominations were received to honor the outstanding dedication and service women have made to serve our communities.

We would like to congratulate Gloria Cahuich Gonzalez, Co-Chair of Behavioral Health & Recovery Services’ Latino Collaborative and Community Program Specialist II with SMC Public Health, Policy and Planning. Gloria has shown her passion, commitment and compassion to our Latinx community in her work to lead two Sana Sana Colita de Rana Events and provide resources and supports to our marginalized communities. The work she and other nominees below have done emphasizes the importance of creating a positive impact in San Mateo communities by implementing a racial equity lens in the work we do.

Congratulations to all other BHRS nominees:
Rookie of the Year:
Dori Bailey, MD., BHRS Adult Psychiatrist

Development Champion:
Chummy Sevilla, BHRS Clinical Services Manager II

Public Service/Extra Mile:
Barbara Weissman, MD, BHRS Adult Psychiatrist
Linda Hildreth, BHRS Supervising Mental Health Clinician
Maria Lorente-Foresti, Ph.D., BHRS Director Office of Diversity and Equity
Tennille Tucker, BHRS Supervising Mental Health Clinician
Yolanda Ramirez, BHRS Senior Community Program Specialist

Please join us in congratulating these amazing women that make a difference everyday for our workforce and those we serve.

Written by Kristie Lui and Maria Lorente-Foresti, Ph.D., BHRS Office of Diversity and Equity

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