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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 https://www.smchealth.org/health-equity-initiatives.

In community,

The Office of Diversity and Equity

https://www.smchealth.org/bhrs/ode

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 DEstremera@smcgov.org or visit www.smchealth.org/mhsa.

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 www.smchealth.org/MHSA

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 tsperez@smcgov.org 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: https://zoom.us/j/125761698 / 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!

Flyers:

For more information, contact Doris Estremera at DEstremera@smcgov.org or 650-573-2889.

MHSA Three-Year Planning

The MHSA Three-Year Plan is developed in collaboration with clients and families, community members, staff, community agencies and stakeholders. It includes behavioral health priorities for funding over the next three years for program expansions and/or improvements, services and expenditure projections.

There are many opportunities for you to get involved in shaping the priorities for MHSA over the next 3 years.

First off, please take the time to complete a 12 question survey that will help inform the mental health and substance use needs in San Mateo County and feel free to share the survey broadly!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MHSA2020

Additionally, there are in-person community meetings throughout San Mateo County to help develop strategies to address the prioritized needs. Visit the the MHSA website, www.smchealth.org/MHSA, for the meeting flyers and the 2020 Input Sessions list, and check  regularly for updates!


MHSA Steering Committee – Prioritization of Needs
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm (MHSARC)
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm (MHSA)
San Mateo County Health Campus, Room 100
225 37th Avenue in San Mateo

MHSA Steering Committee – Prioritization of Strategies
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
4:30pm – 6:30pm
Veterans Memorial Building, Redwood Room
1455 Madison Avenue in Redwood City


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

https://www.smchealth.org/bhrs/mhsa

SanaMente Film Contest — Deadline March 1st

SanaMente is the statewide movement to raise awareness about mental health in the Latino community. This year, we invite youth to create 30- second mental health films in Spanish that will be used to help community members across California. Youth who create the top films can win cash prizes, recognitions, and even a trip to Los Angeles to attend a red-carpet awards ceremony. For more information, please visit: https://www.directingchangeca.org/submission-categories/sanamente/

SanaMente es el movimiento de salud mental de California en la comunidad latina. Este año, invitamos a los jóvenes a crear videos cortos de 30 segundos sobre la salud mental, en español, que ayudarán a miembros de la comunidad a través del estado de California. Los jóvenes que crean los videos más taquilleras pueden ganar premios en efectivo, reconocimientos, y hasta un viaje a Los Angeles para asistir a nuestra ceremonia de premios de alfombra roja. Para más información, por favor visite: https://www.directingchangeca.org/submissioncategories/sanamente/

In our San Mateo County community, youth have submitted and won awards for their Directing Change films. Participating schools include Aragon High School, Burlingame High School and Hillsdale High School (see https://www.directingchangeca.org/films-by-county/#SanMateo).  We would love to see more participating middle schools and high schools across San Mateo County!

8th Annual Directing Change Program and Film Contest –Deadline March 1st

Calling for submissions! Create a film for the Directing Change Program and you’ll be eligible to win cash prizes, trophies, and even a trip to an annual red-carpet awards ceremony in downtown Los Angeles. Films are used in communities across the state to educate and encourage conversations around mental health and suicide prevention.

Directing Change invites you to create a film to help change conversations around mental health and suicide prevention in your community! Youth ages 14-25 and students in grades 6-12 are invited to submit 30 and 60 second films in a range of categories that are used to help those in your community learn about mental health and suicide prevention, while also giving filmmakers the chance to win prizes! Check out a few of our different categories below!

Through the Lens of Culture is the submission category that asks young people each year to share what mental health or suicide prevention looks like in their culture. Are there specific supports available in your community? Additional challenges that your group experiences? Young people are invited to submit 60-second films about how their culture views suicide prevention and mental health. Films will be used in diverse communities across the state.

Walk in our shoes. What would it be like to walk in someone else’s shoes? The Directing Change Film Contest’s middle school submission category asks students in grades 6-8 to answer that question, telling a story about someone who is facing a mental health challenge or who has been thinking about suicide. Creating a film can help you make a difference in your community, and you could win prizes!

Get involved and submit your film by March 1 at http://www.directingchangeca.org!

In our San Mateo County community, youth have submitted and won awards for their Directing Change films. Participating schools include Aragon High School, Burlingame High School and Hillsdale High School (see https://www.directingchangeca.org/films-by-county/#SanMateo).  We would love to see more participating middle schools and high schools across San Mateo County!

Parent Project Spring 2020 Schedule

The Parent Project® is a free, 12-week course that is offered in English and Spanish to anyone who cares for a child or adolescent. The classes meet for three hours each week. Parents learn parenting skills and get information about resources and other support available in their communities. Parents/caregivers learn and practice skills such as:

  • appropriate ways to discipline
  • preventing or stopping alcohol, drug and tobacco use
  • improving communication skills
  • improving grades and school attendance

For more information about the Parent Project, please visit www.smchealth.org/parentproject.

The Parent Project is coordinated by the Office of Diversity and Equity. To learn more about the Office of Diversity and Equity, please visit www.smchealth.org/ode.

Behavioral Health and Recovery Services is looking for new interns!

San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) is a comprehensive county behavioral health services program dedicated to serving the needs of adults with serious mental illness and/ or co-occurring substance abuse concerns, as well as severely emotionally disturbed youth and their families. Services offered to children, adolescents, adults, and other adults in inpatient, outpatient, and outreach programs by multidisciplinary staff that includes psychologists, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, MFT’s trainees, interns and peer support positions. BHRS provides clinical training opportunities to students pursuing their masters’ degree, their Alcohol and Drug Certification, or their doctorate.

Cultural Competency stipends are available for those who are to help provide services to marginalized communities within our system of Older Adult, Adult, and Youth Services and are selected to participate in our Cultural Stipend Intern Program (CSIP).

More information about the internship program can be found here.

About the Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE)

The Office of Diversity and Equity is dedicated to addressing health disparities, health inequities and stigma in the areas of mental health and substance use, and supporting wellness and recovery among underserved, unserved, and inappropriately served communities in San Mateo County. ODE works to achieve these goals by promoting cultural competence and cultural humility, which are rooted in principles of social justice. To learn more about ODE’s work, visit www.smchealth.org/bhrs/ode.

Suicide Loss Support Groups at Mission Hospice

People who have lost a loved one to suicide often have unique and challenging aspects of their grief experience. We offer two types of support groups to give adults and mature teens a chance to share their story, support each other, and work through the specific grief needs of suicide loss. Facilitated by Isabel Stenzel, LCSW and Mary Balmana, RN.

8- week closed, structured group (twice yearly) — Next session: Wednesdays, March 25 – May 13, 2020, 6-7:30pm.

Monthly, ongoing group — 3rd Thursday of the month, 6-7:30pm.

Mission Hospice, 1670 S. Amphlett Blvd., Suite 300, San Mateo

FREE! Space is limited – registration is required. For more info or to register, contact Isabel Stenzel at 650-930.8236 or istenzel@MissionHospice.org.

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