Category Archives: Behavioral Health and Recovery Services

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. 


With the decline in COVID-19 cases and progress in vaccinating eligible individuals, the County of San Mateo has reopened its remaining County services and office buildings today to increase in-person services to our community.

Behavioral Health and Recovery Services offices and clinics have been operational since the start of the pandemic, however, the doors were not open to walk-in traffic.   Starting today, the doors to BHRS clinics and offices are open to serve people who walk in without an appointment.

Because this situation may change quickly consumers are encouraged to call ahead (see the program contact list).

Though the County is starting to reopen, COVID-19 remains with us.  We will continue to observe safety, masking, and social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread. While this limits our capacity for in-office services, we continue to provide services by phone or telehealth video conference.

The safety of our employees, clients, and the community continues to be a priority. Our goal is to have all in-person services restored by the fall of 2021.

Check here for updates and information on requesting services.

ICYMI: Watch the 2021 Mental Health Month Livestream Kick-Off: #HopeForChange 💚

If you weren’t able to join us last Saturday, you can watch our 2021 Mental Health Month Kick-Off event here! Look forward to guest speakers commemorating May Mental Health Month, a delightful cooking demo, a calming nature meditation, and debunking of common myths about mental health.

For the full list of free virtual events happening throughout the month of May, visit

Free access to a self Care app

This past year has affected all of us in different ways. But there’s one thing that keeps San Mateo County strong: a sense of community. That’s why Headspace and San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services are working together to provide free resources that can help residents weather this storm. 

April is Stress Awareness Month –  a perfect time to learn about your stressors, educate yourself on the good and bad kinds of stress, and dedicate an extra few minutes a week to self-care.  Access meditations, sleep sounds, and movement exercises designed to help you care for your mind — all free on the Headspace app through September 14 2021.  

Sign up here, if you live, work or go to school in San Mateo County, all free through August 2021.

Stress AWareness Month – Download Free Headspace App


April is Stress Awareness Month: a perfect time to learn about your stressors, educate yourself on the good and bad kinds of stress, and dedicate an extra few minutes a week to self-care.  San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services has partnered with Headspace to provide free resources to help residents cope with stresses brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.   

With the Headspace app you can access guided exercises, sleep sounds, meditations, videos, facts and tips to help you manage, understand, and react to stress. 

Sign up here, if you live, work or go to school in San Mateo County, all free through August 2021.

BHRS COVID-19 Client Survey

To all BHRS clients,

We want to learn about what the impact of remote services has had on the quality of BHRS services. Your responses to this survey will help us to understand what barriers you still encounter for remote interactions during the COVID-19 health emergency. Your feedback will help BHRS better address issues with and develop strategies for remote client engagement during the pandemic and after the health emergency is over.

Please use survey link:

Your input is greatly appreciated as is all of your hard work during these extraordinary times.

2021 MHSA Steering Committee Meetings Start in february

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 3-4:30 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.

First Thursday of the meeting month (February 4th, May 6th, September 2nd, and December 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.

free resource To help San Mateo County Residents Cope with Stress

A new partnership between #SanMateoCounty Behavioral Health & Recovery Services & @Headspace provides free resources (meditations, sleep sounds, movement exercises & more) to help residents cope w/ stresses brought on by #COVID19 pandemic. Sign up here:

11/24 – Stigma Free San Mateo Spanish Workshop

Please share with your networks this event for a San Mateo Stigma-Free virtual workshop that the Office of Consumer and Family Affairs and Office of Diversity and Equity will be hosting in Spanish on Tuesday, November 24th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

This presentation will address the negative ideas and myths in regards mental health issues and substance use that often discourages or prevents people from seeking treatment, and how we can help reduce the stigma in our community.

 During these critical times, specially for our vulnerable communities, we reaffirm our commitment to bringing cultural appropriate access to BHRS available resources.

11/20 – Transgender Day of Remembrance

Please join the PRIDE Initiative, the  Office of Diversity and Equity, the San Mateo County LGBTQ+ Commission  and Community Partners on November 20th 4 pm to 5:30 pm for Transgender day of Remembrance.  Registration through

« Older Entries