Author Archives: Behavioral Health and Recovery Services

October 16: Latino Health Forum – Sana Sana Colita De Rana

The San Mateo County Latino Collaborative presents the 8th annual Sana, Sana, Colita de Rana, an event where community members can learn about healthy habits, healthy communities, nutrition and access to mental health services. This year’s theme is “Family and Healing During COVID”. Virtual event will be in Spanish with English translations.

Register at

Join us to learn about county and community resources, Latinx food, poetry, and dance!

County of San Mateo – Government

BHRS Director’s Update

Please see the latest issue of the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Director’s Update from Scott Gilman.  

Topics include:

  • Suicide Prevention: Five Year Strategy
  • Specialty Mental Health Private Provider Network
  • On-Demand Interpreter Services
  • More Cultural Humility 101 Trainings
  • Congratulations (Ingall Bull, QM Manager retiring)
  • COVID-19 Update (Vaccination Planning Workgroup)
  • MHSA Announcements

Find past issues here. 

October 9: NAMI Walks Your Way

Our collective mental health needs are at their greatest now.  One in three U.S. adults reported experiencing depression or anxiety since the pandemic began. NAMI’s programs and advocacy are needed more than ever, and with your help, they are pleased to present NAMIWalks Your Way in San Mateo County on Saturday, October 9, 2021.

NAMIWalks will be a virtually virtual experience, united with NAMIWalks across the country. NAMIWalks Your Way means instead of putting one foot in front of the other, you get to put one feat in front of the other: participants get to use their creativity, with the main rule that we continue to advance towards our goal by leaps and bounds.  Learn more about this event.

Celebrate Recovery Month

National Recovery Month, also known as Recovery Happens Month in San Mateo County, is a national observance held every September since 1989 to educate Americans about substance use treatment and mental health services that can enable those with mental and substance use disorders live healthy, rewarding lives.

Voices of Recovery, in collaboration with Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, has been a part of this celebration since 2014 to promote awareness, positivity, and encouragement for those in and seeking recovery.

Just as we celebrate other health improvements, during September, we celebrate the gains made by those living in recovery. We hope that you will join our virtual events featuring:

  • Sept 1-30: Virtual Art Show & Resource Fair
  • Sept 14: Proclamation
  • Sept 22: Recovery Speaker Jam
    • History of Recovery Month in San Mateo County
    • Special Celebrity Speaker
    • Steve Kaplan Award
    • Philomena Family Expression of Hope
  • Sept 29: Recovery Expression of Talent

See the complete list of events and links at

Everyone’s journey is different and we all experience peaks and valleys. However, with the strength, support,
and hope from the people we love, we can be resilient and believe that recovery is possible.


The 2021 Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Steering Committee meetings are will now take place four times a year on the first Thursday in February, May, September and December from 3:00 -4:30 pm. MHSA meeting are open to the public to provide input, make recommendations and stay up-to-date on new MHSA developments and ongoing programming.

See the flyer and details below for the upcoming February meeting.

September 2nd
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Location: Remotely via a Zoom webinar

Join via Zoom:
Zoom Meeting link:
Dial in: +1 669 900 6833 / Meeting ID: 832 1620 9789

For more information on the meetings, please visit: Visit the the MHSA planning page to learn more about MHSA is being implemented in San Mateo County and to get involved.

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