Author Archives: Behavioral Health and Recovery Services

Storytelling Program Update

This past fiscal year was filled with so many accomplishments for the Office of Diversity and Equity’s Storytelling program! We learned so much and engaged in storytelling with many people who within the different communities, partner agencies and divisions of BHRS to facilitate Photovoice and Digital Storytelling programs. Read more

In the News: Trauma Trial Takes Shape in South City

San Mateo County is kicking off a two-year pilot program aimed at detecting instances of childhood trauma, re-imagining staff training and generating and refining resources to help children avoid development setbacks. Check out San Mateo Daily Journal’s article on the trial, featuring BHRS Deputy Director of Children and Youth Services, Toni DeMarco.

[Cannabis] Decoded Educates San Mateo County Youth

In partnershship with the San Mateo County Youth Commission, BHRS’ new education initiative aims to teach youth about the health effects of cannabis use. Check out www.cannabisdecoded.org (Parents, we have resources for you too!) and the accompanying Instagram account, @cannabis_decoded today.

11th Annual Housing Heroes Nominations Due Sept. 5

cartoon housesLack of stable housing can make recovery from co-occurring substance abuse and mental health issues an endless struggle.  Each year we celebrate the individuals and organizations that help individuals with co-occurring issues find or keep housing in San Mateo County.

We invite you to nominate a person (landlord, property manager, case manager…) or a program for the 11th Annual Housing Heroes Awards. Please return nomination forms to Daniel Lacampagne by Wednesday, September 5. Completed forms/photos of completed forms can be emailed (DLacampagne@smcgov.org), faxed (650-369-1501) or texted (650-454-7966). Read more

In the News: Cordilleras Mental Health Center Renovation Underway

The San Mateo Daily Journal recently covered the Cordilleras Mental Health Center renovation, which will include specialized mental health treatment, expanded facilities and additional recreation opportunities. Check out the full article for more.

Wellness Matters – July 2018

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

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Lee Harrison – National Certified Peer Specialist

congratulations.jpgBHRS’ Lee Harrison, Consumer and Family Liaison in the Office of Consumer and Family Affairs, recently became Mental Health America’s 39th National Certified Peer Specialist. Lee adds this national advanced certification to previously held International and Louisiana State Peer Specialist Certifications. Read more

Voices of Recovery Seeks Volunteers for Board of Directors

Voices of Recovery San Mateo County creates peer-led opportunities for persons in recovery or in need of long term recovery from alcohol or other drug addictions. As such, our agency has a critical role in helping San Mateo County residents with a history of addiction establish a sense of well-being for themselves and their families. Read more

BHRS Spreads Awareness at San Mateo County Fair

Amid ferris wheels and cotton candy at this year’s county fair, sat some of our dedicated BHRS staff, spreading mental health awareness to the San Mateo County community. BHRS staff Sara Arancibia, Seema Janjua, Winnie Chan Wu, Stefan Luesse, Claudia Navarro-Perez, Maata Misinale, Carmen Guerridos, Jocelyn Cerda Garcia and Genesis Ruiz and Dr. Robert Stebbins attended the fair with a booth promoting mental wellness. Their goal was to reduce mental health stigma and encourage fair-goers to seek services at the earliest signs of depression.

Despite the fact that it was well-hidden among the commercial vendors, there was a turnout of almost 300 people at the booth between Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 17. Visitors collected brochures and information on suicide prevention, health insurance and social security programs. 195 visitors had unique one-on-one conversations with staff on a variety of topics. Many expressed their gratitude for BHRS advocating for mental health and substance use programs in public. As in previous years, the team also helped a lot of consumers from neighboring counties, like Alameda, San Fransisco and Santa Clara.

The booth saw its heaviest traffic on Senior Day, with 48 consumers stopping by in less than three hours with questions related to Medi-Cal and Medicare billing, making this our most successful fair presence in over four years. The team completed its DHCS AB82 Medi-Cal Outreach & Enrollment grant activities with a truly grand finale.

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