Coping Strategies for COVID-19

BHRS Director Scott Gilman discusses coping strategies in this video. Please see the downloadable flyer below the video and share with those that may find this helpful! 

Click on your preferred language to view the PDF:
English | Spanish | Chinese (simplified) | Chinese (traditional) | Tagalog | Russian

Census Challenge: Marc Berman, CA Assemblymember

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Health Equity Initiative Virtual Meeting links

Hello Community,

On behalf of all the Health Equity Initiatives, we hope you and your families are safe and healthy. We are sharing with you the Zoom links for all upcoming Health Equity Initiative meetings. Please see attached below.

In 2007, the Mental Health Services Act provided funding to continue and support staff efforts to address racial, ethnic, and cultural disparities in the delivery of and access to mental health and substance use services in the community. These Initiatives were created to focus on health disparities in access and quality of care for underserved, unserved and inappropriately served cultural and ethnic communities and identify the workforce development needs of staff of these communities.

Each Initiative plans and implements activities in collaboration with other county staff, community partners, consumers/clients/family members and community stakeholders. Activities include educational resources (translated in different languages); facilitated training on culturally-responsive practices, workshops and support groups; and community outreach.  

For more information about Health Equity Initiatives, please visit

In community,

The Office of Diversity and Equity

County Health Officer’s March 23 Statement: COVID-19

See the San Mateo County Health Officer, Dr. Scott Morrow’s most recent statement on COVID-19 posted on March 23, which provides a better understanding of where we find ourselves today, and the critical need for everyone to shelter in place.

You can also read his previous statements from 3/16/20, 3/10/20, 3/5/20, and 2/27/20 here:

Get the latest San Mateo County Health COVID-19 news and information at

Protecting Yourself from COVID-19

Medi-Cal Healthier California for All: Integrated Health Services

To meet various health needs ranging from behavioral and physical health services, substance use disorder treatment, in-home services and developmental help, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) created a multi-year initiative. This initiative (dubbed “Medi-Cal Healthier for All,” formerly CalAIM) is for integrating the many care programs and systems, aligning funding, data reporting, as well as the quality and infrastructure of the services to improve the quality of life and health outcomes. 

The “Medi-Cal Healthier California for All” initiative has three basic goals:  

  1. To manage member risk and need through Whole Person Care approaches and address the social determinants of health; 
  2. To improve quality outcomes and drive delivery system transformation through value-based initiatives, modernization of systems and payment reform;
  3. To move Medi-Cal to a more consistent and seamless system by reducing complexity and increasing flexibility.

The initiative also contains several components that help increase access to behavioral health, initiatives and reforms for Medi-Cal Managed Care, Dental and other County programs and services.  

Read more about the benefits of the initiative here.

MHSA Needs Survey – Last chance to provide input!

Final opportunity to complete a 12 question survey that will help inform the mental health and substance use needs in San Mateo County, the survey closes on March 20, 2020… feel free to share it broadly!  

MHSA Needs Prioritization Survey

We are still conducing community Input Sessions to help develop strategies for potential funding over the next three years, see the input session schedule below.  Due to coronavirus response guidelines we have converted meetings to either over-the-phone and/or online, check back regularly for updates!

For more information, contact Doris Estremera at or visit

No Citizenship Question on Census 2020

Did you know that the proposed citizenship question on the Census 2020 questionnaire does not ask whether a resident is here legally, or whether they are a US citizen? The Census Bureau will NOT be collecting information on Illegal immigration. There are many residents who are not citizens but are legally living in San Mateo County. Get the facts here:

Be sure you are counted in the 2020 census – a complete and accurate count is critical for many reasons​, and to ensure that everyone is equally represented so that government resources are allocated fairly. 

Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Updates to Meet Coronavirus Guidelines

MHSA Three-Year Planning – Updated to Meet Coronavirus Guidelines

The recommendations regarding coronavirus precautions include that “all non-essential gatherings should be canceled, postponed, or done remotely.”  This applies to all 30+ MHSA Input Sessions for the MHSA Three-Year Plan development. We have shifted most MHSA Three-Year Planning sessions to over-the-phone and a few by Zoom (online conference) to allow for more interactive sharing of information online.

Input Sessions

See the attached Input Session list which now includes conference line and/or Zoom online conference information, please check the MHSA website regularly for updates

MHSA Steering Committee

The MHSA Steering Committee on April 29th will be conducted over Zoom online conference, which can also be attended through the conference line provided for over-the-phone access.  The meeting is open to the public. The presentation slides will be posted on the MHSA website prior to the meeting for your reference.

Please see the attached flyer for details.  The flyers are also available in Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Tongan and Russian and are posted on the MHSA website.  Language services will still be provided, please contact Tania Perez at at (650) 573-5047 or one week in advance of the meeting. 

I am hopeful that we can still get meaningful input and look forward to to engaging you in a discussion about priority strategies for MHSA funding.  

MHSA Steering Committee – Prioritization of Strategies

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Join Zoom Meeting: / Meeting ID: 125 761 698

Dial in: +1 669 900 6833 / Meeting ID: 125 761 698

One tap mobile: +16699006833,,125761698# 

Thank you for your help in making San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services a better community partner!


For more information, contact Doris Estremera at or 650-573-2889.

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