The San Mateo County Mental Health & Substance Abuse Recovery Commission is seeking nominees for its annual Tony Hoffman Community Mental Health Service Awards. This honor is made to individuals, professionals, businesses, and the media who have made an extraordinary difference in the lives of people with mental illness and the San Mateo County community. Recognition is given for public education or advocacy to promote mental health awareness and needs or to address stigma; services to persons with mental illness; creation of new and innovative programs or community support activities; recognition of fundraising for mental health activities or long-term financial support to mental health programs; working for new mental health legislation; compassionate treatment of persons with mental illness.
Awards will be presented to honorees at the San Mateo County Mental Health & Substance Abuse Commission meeting on May 1, 2019. Deadline for award nominations is April 16, 2019.
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The District 5 Together: Census 2020 will be hosted by San Mateo County Supervisor David J. Canepa, and is being held for its third year at Jefferson High School in Daly City on Saturday, March 30th, 11 am – 4 pm.
The event this year will showcase the greatest “old school” DJs from the late 1980s and ‘90s combined with a younger crop of DJs who are currently emerging in north San Mateo County for entertainment.
It will also be a platform to promote the county’s effort related to Census 2020. We need to ensure that every resident in the county is counted, young and old, so that we secure the federal dollars needed to provide critical health care, public safety and food assistance to those most in need.
The fair will also feature about 50 resource tables from various organizations, county departments and nonprofits to educate the public on various services they may be eligible for. The fair will also feature Irish dancers, a youth orchestra and food prepared by various Jefferson High School clubs. The event is free to the public and is an incredibly family-friendly event.
RSVP via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/district-5-together-census-2020-hosted-by-san-mateo-county-supervisor-david-j-canepa-tickets-57122976360
If you know a non-profit organization or department that should be in our resource table area, direct them to this online form to request a spot: https://goo.gl/forms/xgwTVtSWHqBjOd4C3.
The 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.
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.
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