Author Archives: Behavioral Health and Recovery Services

Alan Cochran Honored with 2018 Consumer Hall of Fame Award

Alan Cochran, 2018 Consumer Hall of Fame awardeeEvery year, the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Recovery Commission (MHSARC) recognizes individuals who have found their way to a path of wellness and recovery from mental illness and are active in the consumer movement to better the lives of other consumers in the county.

On March 7, the MHSARC honored Alan Cochran with the Mental Health Consumer Hall of Fame Award.

Alan took the opportunity to promote the HOPE program, a collaboration between NAMI SMC, Heart & Soul Inc., California Clubhouse and BHRS, where he has been hired as a peer mentor.

“This will be my first paid job since 2011, and it’s all because of the help I got from BHRS, San Mateo County and NAMI,” said Alan. For more on HOPE and Alan’s remarkable work in the behavioral health community, check out this Wellness Matters article.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training- Register by May 17

A young person you know may be experiencing a mental health condition or crisis. Teachers, staff, and our entire school community can help youth get the support they need early on and maintain a high quality of life.

In just two half days, learn how you can help someone in distress and get the tools to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders.

When? May 24 & 31, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participants must attend both dates to receive certification.
Where? Half Moon Bay Library

Please register by May 17, 2018. For more information, contact Natalie Andrade or see the event flier.

March 28- David Young Joins NAMI SMC for General Meeting

New BHRS Director David Young will join the National Alliance on Mental Illness San Mateo County (NAMI SMC) for their next general meeting to share his background, perspectives, values and ideas to enhance the County’s behavioral health system. NAMI SMC general meetings are free and open to the public.

March 28, 2018 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Hendrickson Auditorium,  Mills Health Center
100 S. San Mateo Drive
San Mateo, CA 94401 United States

In the News: Half Moon Bay’s Homeless Service Day

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Staff lend a helping hand on Homeless Service Day. Left to right:  Diana Cervantes, Claudia Ramirez, Cristian Ruiz, Jamie Matter and Jennifer Acuna

On February 8, the Coastside Outpatient Mental Health Clinic participated in a homeless service day, coordinated by the City of Half Moon Bay and the Human Services Agency.

A heavily populated homeless encampment behind the Safeway in Half Moon Bay will be closed by early April. In contrast to other cities that have quickly removed homeless encampments with little notice, Half Moon Bay is taking a planned, phased approach. The goal of the service day was to connect homeless individuals on site to services to support them through this transition.

There were over 27 individual service providers and 14 county agencies and departments, including the Homeless Outreach Team, Adult Resource Management, Coastside Hope and San Mateo Medical Center. Read more

In the News: Dr. Jei Africa

Dr. Jei Africa recently left his post as director of the Office of Diversity and Equity after nearly 11 years with BHRS. Check out this article in the San Mateo Daily Journal for a look into the legacy Jei has left behind. We wish him the best of luck as he embarks on a new journey as director of Marin County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services!

For more on Jei and the other dedicated staff ending their time with BHRS, check out this Wellness Matters article.

Wellness Matters – March 2018

WM March 2018Be sure to check out the March issue of Wellness Matters!

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