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Caminar Announces Mark Cloutier as New CEO

 

Capture.PNGThe Board of Directors of Caminar has announced the appointment of Mark Cloutier, MPP, MPH, as Chief Executive Officer of the $39M nonprofit behavioral health organization. Dedicated to empowering and supporting individuals and families with complex needs to move toward resilience, wellness and independence, Caminar serves more than 20,000 people each year in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California.

Cloutier has dedicated his career to increasing access to quality health and supportive services and improving communities’ overall health and well-being. With Master’s degrees in public policy and public health, Cloutier has held leadership roles in health and behavioral health services organizations and foundations, including Horizons Services, San Francisco Foundation, the Center for Youth Wellness, Kaiser Family Foundation and San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

Read the full press release at Caminar’s website here.

Feb 16th: It Takes a Village: Building Strong Black Families

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Black History Month offers an opportunity to acknowledge the proud history of African American activism and community-building in San Mateo County. The African American Community Initiative (AACI) Black History Month Celebration – one of the longest-standing County acknowledgements of this national heritage month – aims to support the behavioral health of Black communities through education, food and fun. This year’s event, It Takes a Village: Building Strong Black Families, takes place on Feb. 16th in East Palo Alto and will feature workshops on healthy food, community building, and a keynote speech on wellbeing in San Mateo County.

Learn more about the event and read the full Wellness Matters article.

Read more articles in this month’s Wellness Matters Newsletter.

BHRS Welcomes New Director

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BHRS is delighted to welcome Scott Gilman as the new BHRS Director. Over the past five years, Scott served as the Chief Executive Officer of Network180, the Community Mental Health Center for Kent County, Michigan. Like San Mateo County BHRS, Network 180 provides direct mental health and substance use services and maintains a large private provider network. Gilman also served as executive director of Shiawassee Community Mental Health from 2006 to 2013.

To learn more about Scott, see the full article in Wellness Matters, the BHRS eJournal.

Free Citizenship Assistance Workshops – Jan. 26th

Hosted by: The International Institute of the Bay Area

Day: Saturday, January 26th, 2019

Times: 9am, 10am, 11am

Location: Hillsdale High School Cafeteria / 3115 Del Monte St. San Mateo, CA 94403

At the event, you will receive FREE eligibility screening, application assistance and review of your application by Immigration Attorneys and DOJ Accredited Representatives.

What you need to do:

  1. Bring your confirmation number!
  2. Be on time! If you arrive late, we may not be able to assist you.
  3. You must apply in person. No-one else can apply for you.
  4. Bring all your required documents with you.

Register and view the full workshop description and required documents HERE!

Voices of Recovery Seeks Project Coordinator

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Voices of Recovery is seeking to hire a Project Coordinator who will be in charge of assisting our Project Director in organizing our ongoing projects. This task involves monitoring project plans, schedules, work hours, budgets, and expenditures, organizing and participating in stakeholder meetings, and ensuring that project deadlines are met in a timely manner. Read more

North County Youth Teams Host 2nd Annual Holiday Party

 

The North County Youth and School Based Mental Health teams had their second annual holiday party at the Mike Nevin Health Center.

Approximately 40 children and their family members attended this fun filled event. Activities included a Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza table, as well as arts and crafts activities. Children and their families were treated to an array of food, goody bags, and raffle prizes.

StarVista Seeks Health Ambassadors for HAP-Y Program

StarVista’s Health Ambassador Program for Youth (HAP-Y) is seeking youth ages 16-24 to become Health Ambassadors. The training covers common challenges in mental wellness, signs and risks of suicide, suicide prevention and how to access mental health services. Trained Ambassadors will help raise awareness and increase access to behavioral health services.

Participants can receive community service hours or internship hours in collaboration with their academic institutions. Additionally, a completion bonus of $700 is distributed to those who participate in the program.

The next training starts in January 2019. For more information, contact Brenda Nunez, Program Coordinator, at hapy@star-vista.org.

Downlaod the HAP-Y flyer.

StarVista Crisis Center Looking for Volunteers

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If you’re looking to help others and give back to the community, StarVista has the perfect opportunity for you. The StarVista Crisis Center is looking for volunteers who will talk with individuals in need of counseling through their crisis line. As a volunteer, you will receive comprehensive training, 4 hours/week of hands-on experience, a flexible schedule, letters of recommendation and much more.

Volunteers for the Crisis Line must be at least 21 years old. For those who are under 21 years old and want to volunteer, there are positions as a Teen Chat Volunteer for youth ages 14-17, and a Teen Chat Supervisor Volunteer for adults ages 18-20.

The next training is Jan. 15th, 2019.

If interested, contact the Crisis Center Volunteer Coordinator at: (650) 579-0359 ext. 13 or karina.chapa@star-vista.org.

Check out the Crisis Center volunteer flyer.

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