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National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month: Join NAMI for Capitol Advocacy Day on July 18

In May 2008, the US house of Representatives proclaimed July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in recognition that:

  • Improved access to mental health treatment and services and public awareness of mental illness are of paramount importance: and
  • An appropriate month should be recognized to enhance public awareness of mental illness and mental illness among minorities.

Each year, NAMI California invites community members from all over the state to come together for the annual Minority Mental Health Month Capitol Advocacy Day.  Last year, 23 participants from diverse backgrounds and experience came together for this important day  to advocate for bills that would affect thousands of families and peers, conducting a total of 30 legislative office visits in one day!

Join NAMI and community members for their next Capitol Advocacy Day on July 18, 2017.  Learn more on how to apply to attend Minority Mental Health Capitol Advocacy Day.

Take the Health System Survey

The San Mateo County Health System is conducting a research project called Perception 360. We are seeking input from staff, stakeholders, and community members to learn about impressions of our work and mission, positive and negative.

The goal is to gather as much honest information as we can from the people whose lives we touch every day. Learning more about how the Health System is perceived will allow us to improve how we communicate and deliver our services.

This link will take you to an online survey that can be completed in about five minutes: All responses are confidential. We value your opinion and hope that you will share it with us. Please complete this survey by Friday, February 24.  

If you are a partner who works with the Health System (including Behavioral Health and Recovery Services), please use this link instead

Jan. 29: Free Immigration Health Forum

Learn about the health coverage options available for immigrants and their families in a presentation by a Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County LIBRE attorney, in both English and Spanish, on how you can qualify for low-cost health insurance in San Mateo County.


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Jan 18: A New President and New Administration…What Does it Mean for Our Immigrant Community Members?

Half Moon Bay will be hosting a community workshop to discuss immigrant concerns, provide updated information, offer connections to resource, tools, and immigrant assistance, and help people understand and exercise their rights.  The workshop will cover:

• Discuss immigrant concerns
• Provide updated information
• Offer connections to resource, tools, and immigrant assistance
• Help people understand and exercise their rights

Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 6:30 pm.  Ted Adcock Community Center, 535 Kelly Avenue

See the Half Moon Bay workshop flyer for more info, refer to the FAQ (English, Spanish) which may help address some of these concerns and the Sheriff Offices’ policy on Immigration Enforcement.

Teen Short Story Contest: Mental Health Awareness

Did you know that 1 in 5 teens and young adults lives teen-short-story-imagewith a mental health condition? The San Mateo County Libraries is sponsoring Teen Short Story Contest to increase awareness about mental health.

Write a short story that helps readers emphasize with a character who has a mental illness. Win awesome prizes such as lunch and feedback from a Youth Adult author, books & journals!   Last day to submit stories is January 17, 2017.  See the  brochure for details.

Surgeon General Releases Landmark Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health

Yesterday, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy released a new, landmark report on alcohol and drugs, and health. “Alcohol and drug addiction take an enormous toll on individuals, families, and communities,” said Dr.  Murthy. “Most Americans know someone who has been touched by an alcohol or a drug use disorder. Yet 90 percent of people with a substance abuse disorder are not getting treatment. That has to change.” This report is significant because it is the first ever report on addiction from a top federal health official. Some of the highlights of the 428-page include:

Addiction is costly with an estimated cost of $442 billion each year.

Addiction is a disease and not a moral failing.

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) was identified as an evidence-based component of care.

For the full report and executive summary, visit

Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Steering Commitee Meeting

The MHSA Steering Committee meets twice a year during implementation of the MHSA Three-Year Plan. Our next meeting is scheduled, details below:

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MHSA Steering Committee
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 / 2pm-3:30pm
225 37th Ave. Room 100, San Mateo, CA

Agenda items include:

  • Update on MHSA including outcomes and services provided
  • MHSA Innovations projects and evaluation
  • Workforce Education and Training sustainability planning
  • Planning for the upcoming Mental Health Services Act 3 year plan input process

Following the MHSA Steering Committee, the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Recovery Commission will vote for opening a 30-day Public Comment period for the MHSA Annual Update starting at 3:30pm, same date and location listed above.

The meeting is open to the public. Stipends are available are for clients/consumers participating in this meeting. Language interpretation and childcare are available, please contact us to reserve these services. Light refreshments will be provided.

We are updating the membership process and recruiting new MHSA Steering Committee members.  If you are interested in joining please contact, Doris Estremera at or (650) 573-2889.

*MHSA imposes a 1% tax on California personal income in excess of $1 million. The MHSA Steering Committee has the important role of making recommendations to the planning and services funded by MHSA in San Mateo County. For more information on MHSA in San Mateo County, please visit the MHSA website at

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