North County Clinic Opens its Doors

Youth in North County can now receive services at the new BHRS Youth Clinic. The clinic is officially open at:

350 90th Street 2nd Flr, Daly City, CA  94015
Ph: (650) 301-8650, Fax: (650) 877-5486. 

Adults 55+ Join us for “Appy Hour”

Attend a free training

Do you use technology?

“Appy Hours” are basic 101 training’s on using smart phones and tablets for downloading apps, navigating phones/tablets, going to the app stores, and downloading an app.

Bring your smart phone, tablet, or laptop or come without devices.

Click the links below for more info on each session.

San Mateo location

Monday, October 21, 12pm-1pm
Monday, November 18, 12pm-1pm

San Mateo County Pride Center
1021 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo
(Lunch provided)

East Palo Alto location

(flyer in English and Spanish)
Monday, October 21, 3pm-4pm
The Barbara A. Mouton Multicultural Wellness Center (upstairs)
903 Weeks St., East Palo Alto
(Light refreshments served)

RSVP before Oct. 18 and Nov. 15
Sign up with Arlene Aquino
(650) 403-4200 Ext. 4327
aaquino@peninsulafamilyservice.org


Having difficulty hearing or seeing your smartphone?

Attend a free training

Make your Android or iPhone work better for you!
Learn how to:

  • Make your smartphone louder and easier to hear
  • Send text messages
  • Connect Bluetooth devices
  • Operate the basic functions on your smartphone and much more!

Click the links below for more info on each session. 
iPhone users: Friday, October 25th, 10am-12pm
Android users: Wednesday, October 30, 10am-12pm

Where: 24 Second Ave., San Mateo-Peninsula Family Service

Seating is limited — sign up with Arlene Aquino
Call: (650) 403-4200 Ext. 4327, Email: aaquino@peninsulafamilyservice.org

10/10/19 is World Mental Health Day!

Join us in taking “40 seconds of action” to raise awareness and help prevent suicide. You can start by knowing the signs, finding the words and reaching out. More information at smchealth.org/SuicidePrevention. #WorldMentalHealthDay #SuicidePrevention #BeTheOneSMC

California Peer-Run Warm Line Now Offers Free Emotional Support and Referrals

The California Peer-Run Warm Line (1-855-845-7415)  is officially open to offer all Californians free non-emergency emotional support and referrals via telephone and instant messaging. This launch coincides with World Mental Health Day (this Thursday, October 10) and its theme of suicide prevention this year.

Initially, the warm line call center will be opened most of the day (Mondays to Fridays: 7:00 am – 11:00 pm; Saturdays: 7:00 am – 3:00 pm and Sundays: 7:00 am – 9:00 pm) and, by the end of the year, the call center will ramp up to open 24/7. This new service is funded by a state budget allocation of $10.8 million over three years and championed by Governor @GavinNewsom, State Senator @ScottWiener2 (D-San Francisco) and Assembly Budget Committee Chair @PhilTingSF (D-San Francisco).

“Too many Californians are struggling with mental health and emotional well-being challenges. Peer-to-peer support is a proven way of helping people stay healthy and get the help they need. The California Peer-Run Warm Line is an important resource for so many people, and I’m thrilled we were able to get it funded,” said Wiener.

More details at: https://a19.asmdc.org/press-releases/20191007-california-launches-first-statewide-mental-health-line

Housing Heroes Awards – October 24

Ingrid Dela Rosa accepts award and commendations from Alex Kobayashi and Lee Harrison (2018)

The 12th Annual Housing Hero Awards celebration recognizes community partners who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in providing and/or maintaining housing for people in San Mateo County with mental health and/or substance use conditions. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, October 24, 2019, 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM, Redwood Shores Library Community Room, 399 Marine Parkway, Redwood City. 

Download the flier for details.  


David Lewis Garden Back in Bloom

The garden at the David Lewis Reentry Center is back in full operation after a temporary hiatus. New funding sources and dedicated volunteers made re-opening the garden to the public possible this past spring.

The center has long been a refuge for East Palo Alto community members coming home from prison. The gardening project allows them an opportunity to reconnect with their community and nature.

Seasonal vegetables and fruits are growing in abundance and are available for community members.

Read more about the garden on Wellness Matters.

Women’s Treatment Facility Transitions to Serve Only Men

As of June 3rd, Laurel House, a program of HealthRIGHT 360, began serving adult men in need of residential substance use treatment services in San Mateo County.  

Laurel House was the first home opened by the Women’s Recovery Association in 1973 and originally its mission was to treat only women.

Laurel House

The transition to now serve men is a remarkable accomplishment and a testament to HealthRIGHT’s commitment to the entire community and its partners.

The transition occurred mainly to address the recovery needs of men, ease the backlog of clients waiting to access residential care, and fill the growing number of women’s beds that have consistently remained empty system wide since the implementation of Drug Medi-Cal in 2017.  

Read the full article here

An Inside Look: StarVista Crisis Center Hotline

One of San Mateo County’s most used suicide prevention resources, and part of  StarVista’s Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Center, is a suicide crisis hotline that operates 24-hour-a-day, 365 days per year.

Call center staff field calls from county residents in emotional distress, dealing with depression, experiencing feelings of being overwhelmed, anxiety and those having thoughts of suicide. 

More than 11,000 calls were answered last year alone, an amazing accomplishment considering that the call center is comprised of a single desk staffed by just one person per shift who juggles multiple call.

In the most recent issue of the BHRS newsletter, “Wellness Matters”, a call center counselor shares an inside look into the crisis counseling experience as well as his own story of recovery. You can find that article by clicking here.

Medication Assisted Treatment Helping More People with Opioid Addiction

As the opioid epidemic continues to have a negative impact across the country, San Mateo County is responding to the challenge by strengthening existing programs and creating new resources to deal with the crisis.

This includes the creation of the Integrated Medication Assisted Treatment (IMAT) program. The IMAT effort consists a team of case managers embedded within San Mateo Medical Center’s Emergency Department and the Primary Care Interface team. In addition, the County opened their first addiction medicine clinic, the San Mateo Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Clinic in 2016.   

In the fall of 2017, the clinic expanded their outreach and engagement efforts to serve those with opioid use disorders (OUD) and has seen a significant increase in the number of patients treated. The increase can be attributed to the county-wide effort and commitment to expand access to care which includes a new protocol established at the San Mateo Medical Center’s Emergency Department earlier this year resulting in patients receiving care sooner, extended service offerings at the MAT clinic- including patient walk in hours, and increasing the number for providers who can prescribe buprenorphine.

To read more about IMAT and other efforts the county is making to expand access to medication assisted treatment click here.

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