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With the decline in COVID-19 cases and progress in vaccinating eligible individuals, the County of San Mateo has reopened its remaining County services and office buildings today to increase in-person services to our community.

Behavioral Health and Recovery Services offices and clinics have been operational since the start of the pandemic, however, the doors were not open to walk-in traffic.   Starting today, the doors to BHRS clinics and offices are open to serve people who walk in without an appointment.

Because this situation may change quickly consumers are encouraged to call ahead (see the program contact list).

Though the County is starting to reopen, COVID-19 remains with us.  We will continue to observe safety, masking, and social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread. While this limits our capacity for in-office services, we continue to provide services by phone or telehealth video conference.

The safety of our employees, clients, and the community continues to be a priority. Our goal is to have all in-person services restored by the fall of 2021.

Check here for updates and information on requesting services.

San Mateo County Pride Celebration: June 6-12

Join us for the 9th Annual San Mateo County week-long PRIDE Celebration! This fun-filled celebration promotes health and wellness among the LGBTQ+ community, builds a sense of community, and provides information about behavioral health services to support individuals in marginalized communities.

A series of virtual workshops offered throughout the week will focus on issues important to the LGBTQ community. Don’t miss the Grand Celebration which streams live on Saturday, June 12, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The celebration is a free LGBTQ+ positive, sober environment for the entire San Mateo County community.

Check out the full schedule of events and register at

Free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics: May 6-9

All are welcome to the upcoming free vaccine clinics for individuals age 16+, regardless of immigration status. The clinics will be held from May 6 to 9 in the following cities:

  • Thursday & Friday, May 6 & 7 – Daly City
  • Saturday, May 8 – East Palo Alto, San Mateo and South San Francisco
  • Sunday, May 9 – Redwood City

Register for an appointment – walk ups are also welcome.

County Breaks Ground on New Facility with a Focus on Wellness, Recovery

On April 12, 2021, advocates for the mentally ill, treatment providers and local officials celebrated the groundbreaking for the new $105 million Cordilleras Mental Health Center, located on 20 acres of unincorporated land between San Carlos and Redwood City. When it opens in 2023, it will replace the current facility that opened in 1952 as a tuberculosis hospital and transitioned to a mental health facility in the 1970s. Learn more about this project.

Tobacco Education Coalition Celebration

The San Mateo County Tobacco Education Coalition will be hosting a community celebration to honor their collective work toward their vision of a tobacco-free community. They will celebrate the advancement of campaigns that help smokers quit and protect the health and well-being of all non-smoking youth and adults, and honor and acknowledge youth, young adults, organizations, and champions that have elevated tobacco education initiatives, policies and practices that protect the health of San Mateo County residents. Register to join the celebration on May 5 at 3 PM.

Free access to a self Care app

This past year has affected all of us in different ways. But there’s one thing that keeps San Mateo County strong: a sense of community. That’s why Headspace and San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services are working together to provide free resources that can help residents weather this storm. 

April is Stress Awareness Month –  a perfect time to learn about your stressors, educate yourself on the good and bad kinds of stress, and dedicate an extra few minutes a week to self-care.  Access meditations, sleep sounds, and movement exercises designed to help you care for your mind — all free on the Headspace app through September 14 2021.  

Sign up here, if you live, work or go to school in San Mateo County, all free through August 2021.

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