San Mateo County Anonymous Gun Buyback

San Mateo County’s Anonymous Gun Buyback program is taking place on December 14, 2019 from 9:30am–2:30pm at 1000 Skyway Road, San Carlos. Get cash for your unused or unwanted guns. No questions asked, ballistics will not be run, and you can remain completely anonymous. Receive up to $100 cash for a hand gun, shotgun, or rifle, and up to $200 cash for an assault rifle. Funds are limited and subject to availability.

Click on this flyer for more information.

2020 Mental Health Awareness Month Planning Committee – Meeting Schedule

Please save-the-date for our upcoming planning meetings for 2020 May Mental Health Awareness Month. The meetings will be on Thursdays 10:30am-12pm at Millbrae Library – Rm B, 1 Library Avenue, Millbrae CA 94030 for the dates below.  Please see attached meeting schedule for more details. If you are interested in hosting an event, let’s touch base before the next meeting to start looking into dates/times/locations/topics for the events.

  • 12/12/2019
  • 1/9/2020
  • 2/13/2020
  • 3/12/2020
  • 4/9/2020  
  • 6/4/2020

Thank you to San Mateo County Libraries and Peninsula Library System for partnering with us for the second time for MHAM. And special thank you to Kajah Ram for graciously providing us a space to meet at Millbrae Library.

For more information, please visit smchealth.org/mentalhealthmonth or contact Sylvia Tang at STang@smcgov.org.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

A candlelight vigil procession was held at the Redwood City Courthouse followed by a commemoration program at the Downtown Library last Friday to remember those who lost their lives to anti-transgender violence. The event was organized by the LGBTQ Commission , PRIDE InitiativeThe San Mateo County Pride CenterAfrican American Community InitiativeBHRS Office of Diversity and EquityCORA and the Redwood City Public Library.

Youth Center Receives New Certification

After a three-year process, Canyon Oaks Youth Center (COYC) Residential Treatment Facility completed the conversion from a Level 14 Youth Group Home to a Short Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP) and the program received their permanent STRTP License on June 1st.

The committed and experienced team of leaders and staff of COYC have pioneered therapeutic approaches to address the needs of youth who have experienced significant trauma to support their health and recovery and continue to do so. In addition, COYC has been accredited for a period of 3 years by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, International (CARF).  

Youth drawing with chalk on wall

By pursuing and achieving accreditation, COYC has demonstrated that it meets international standards for quality and is committed to pursuing excellence. This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. 

To  receive a three-Year Accreditation of this caliber, an organization has to put itself through a rigorous peer review process and demonstrate to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable, and accountable. 

Read the full article in the latest edition of the BHRS newsletter, “Wellness Matters“, here.

Need Support During the Holidays? Call/IM the Peer Run Warm Line

The California Peer-Run Warm Line is a non-emergency resource for anyone in the Bay Area seeking emotional support, providing assistance via phone and web chat on a nondiscriminatory basis to anyone in need.

Some concerns callers share are challenges with interpersonal relationships, anxiety, panic, depression, finance, and alcohol and drug use.

The California Peer-Run Warm Line is open for service this Thanksgiving weekend and throughout December, including Holidays!

Current hours: 7am-11pm, 7 Days a Week.
Call 1-855-845-7415.
For more info and to access online chat: California Peer-Run Warm Line

Watch for announcements as hours will be expanding to 24/7 sometime soon in 2020!



Open to the Public: Mental Health & Substance Abuse Recovery Commission Meetings

San Mateo County has an active Mental Health & Substance Abuse Recovery Commission (MHSARC). The commission reviews and evaluates the County’s mental health needs, services, facilities and special programs, agreements dealing with mental health; advises the Board of Supervisors and the Mental Health Director of any aspect of the local mental health program; reviews and approves procedures used to ensure citizen and professional involvement at all stages of the planning process; submits an annual report to the Board of Supervisors on the needs and performance of the County’s mental health system.

The monthly commission meeting is open to the public and community members interested in getting involved or providing input on mental health and/or substance use services are invited to attend.

When: First Wednesday of each month (no meeting in January & August 2020)
Time: 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Location: Health Services Building, 225 37th Ave, Room 100, San Mateo, CA

The next meeting will take place on December 4. Click to view the agenda.

Please call (650) 573-2544 to confirm time and locations as they may change or check the BHRS calendar.

Learn more about about the Commission

San Mateo County Court Gets Grant for DUI Program

San Mateo County Superior Court received a $300,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety for the third year in a row. This grant supports the Multiple Driving Under the Influence Court, which aims to help second and third time DUI offenders, and connects them to resources needed to address their substance abuse, while simultaneously connecting them with the recovery resources they need to address their substance abuse and achieve stability. 

Read the article here:
https://www.smdailyjournal.com/news/local/superior-court-gets-grant-for-dui-program/article_d99f2b18-0818-11ea-b99b-dfd226b87c27.html

New Community Collaborative to Address Shortage of Youth Mental Health Services in Palo Alto

A community collaborative of local nonprofits, healthcare providers (including Behavioral Health and Recovery Services), and schools are coming together to address a lack of mental health services for children and teens with mild to moderate mental health needs such as depression, anxiety, and environmental stressors such as homelessness and poverty.

Read the full article at: https://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/2019/11/18/theres-a-shortage-of-youth-mental-health-services-in-east-palo-alto-a-new-community-collaborative-hopes-to-change-that

Reimagine SamTrans — Please Help Diversify the Feedback!

SamTrans launched Reimagine SamTrans, a transformative study that will examine each route in the SamTrans bus system in light of changing travel patterns. Reimagine SamTrans will consider everything from customer experience, to route design, to how often buses run, to efficient and effective operations and practice. SamTrans needs your feedback on this critical effort!

Take the Reimagine Survey: Whether you ride the bus, drive, walk, bike or other we want to hear from you. Share your vision for a future SamTrans network. Visit https://www.reimaginesamtrans.com/survey to take this fun short survey. Survey closes December 31, 2019.

Share your feedback in-person: SamTrans staff are in the field at bus stops, farmers markets and community meetings. A full list of events is available on the website and if you miss them in-person, you can always leave a comment. To learn more about the project and events go to www.reimaginesamtrans.com.

Social media: SamTrans wants your input to Reimagine SamTrans service. Take the survey, join an event, or submit a comment and make your voice heard! Whether you take the bus, drive, walk, bike or other share your vision for a future SamTrans network. Visit www.reimaginesamtrans.com

Please share with your networks so we may diversify the feedback.

In community,

The Office of Diversity and Equity

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Transgender Day of Remembrance 2019 -11/20

Our annual Transgender Day of Remembrance event will be taking place on Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 from 5:00pm-8:00pm. We will begin with a Candlelight Vigil & Procession at Redwood City Courthouse Square at 5:00pm, which will lead to our program following shortly after in the Community Room at Redwood City Public Library from 6:30pm-8:00pm. During the program, we will hear from community speakers, share resources and learn about actions we can all take to stand in solidarity against anti-transgender violence.

In 2019 so far, there are at least 25 transgender and gender nonconforming community members whom we have lost to anti-transgender violence. With this gathering, we aim to provide a space for communal healing, to celebrate the lives of those we’ve lost and to commit to fighting against discrimination and violence that our transgender community faces.

Please see the attached flyer for more information and share widely with your networks.

This event is brought to the community by the LGBTQ Commission , PRIDE InitiativeThe San Mateo County Pride Center, African American Community Initiative, BHRS Office of Diversity and Equity, CORA and the Redwood City Public Library.

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