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Voices for Recovery

Voices for Recovery story picAs we continue to celebrate Recovery Month here in San Mateo County, it is important that we amplify the voices of those in recovery to raise awareness of substance use and mental health issues, and give hope to others that recovery is possible. Check out these true, personal stories of recovery in the September issue of Wellness Matters. Head to our Recovery Month webpage for more information and a full list of the month’s events.

Project Rebound Offers Formerly Incarcerated Clients a Path to College

Project Rebound, a San Francisco State University program that assists formerly incarcerated men and women matriculate into college, recently offered an on-site presentation and campus tour to a group of our Service Connect clients. One client has already signed up for the program.

Project Rebound Tour

Service Connect clients tour the San Francisco State University campus.

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NAMI Basics: The Fundamentals of Caring for You, Your Family and Your Child with Mental Illness

NAMI is offering a free, six week course for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illness. The course will run from September 6 to October 10.

This program is taught by trained teachers who are also parents or caregivers of individuals who developed symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13. The course will offer tips and tools for being an effective caregiver and coping with the impact of mental illness on the family.

For more information about the course or how to register, see the event flier or contact Claudia Saggese at
(650) – 573 – 2189, or Yolanda Ramirez at (650) – 559 – 1047.



Create Your Wellness Recovery Action Plan (taught in Spanish)

A Wellness Recovery Action Plan, or WRAP, helps people develop real tools they can use to manage their physical and mental health. Based on hope, personal responsibility, self-advocacy, support and education, WRAP has helped many individuals and now you have the chance to join a group to create your personal WRAP. Check out this flyer for information this workshop which will be taught in Spanish,  on how to join an upcoming WRAP group.

ABC’s of Local Advocacy in San Mateo County

On November 15th, the California Association of Mental Health Peer Run Organizations (CAMHPRO) delivered a workshop on the basics of local advocacy to over 40 behavioral health peer partners, family members and advocates from Heart & Soul, Inc., the California Clubhouse, Voice of Recovery, National Alliance on Mental Illness San Mateo and BHRS.

The workshop covered everything from what it takes to participate in community program planning, mental health boards, system of care meetings and other local input opportunities, to knowing the laws including the Mental Health Services Act regulations, to mock input opportunities.

Participants got to practice writing and giving effective public comment input. Many nervously made their way up to the room podium and shared their 2 minute public comment, often including their own personal lived experience as a means to add a personal touch to their input.

The most inspiring part of the workshop was getting to wrap up the day with a real action plan.  Groups were formed representing each of the agencies that were present to select a topic and issue they would like to work on as a team.  The groups developed on action plan that included next steps, who was responsible, deadlines and a follow up meeting. You could feel the excitement in the room as each group presented their advocacy issue and next steps.

The workshop was provided in collaboration with the Peer Recovery Collaborative and the BHRS Office of Consumer and Family Affairs and the Office of Diversity and Equity.

California Clubhouse Seeks New Facility

Behind the doors of California Clubhouse in San Mateo is a group of adults learning, working and socializing with one thing in common — they’re all living with a mental health diagnosis. It’s been about a year since the local chapter of this worldwide nonprofit has been fully operational and at the point where it’s about to outgrow its Palm Avenue facility.

Now, Clubhouse is seeking an alternate site where it can continue to create a network of folks who have forged a supportive environment allowing them to focus on vocational skills. “The Clubhouse is really a community in itself and it provides an opportunity for people whose lives have been disrupted by their illness to come to a place, meet people who understand what they’re going through and to be encouraged, reconnect with their goals, their aspirations for life, really help them regain that sense of purpose in their life and their future,” said California Clubhouse Executive Director Erica Horn.

But as of June 15, the newly formed chapter must move to a new building as their short-term lease is slated to expire. Plus, its success over the last year has made officials keenly aware that they need to expand as they have nearly 75 members and anticipate more in the coming years, Horn said.  See the full story by Samantha Weigel in the Daily Journal.


WRAP Turns 19 Celebration

Please join Voices of Recovery, Telecare, and BHRS in celebrating WRAP’s 19th Birthday with food, fun, and fellowship!

When: Thursday, March 10, 2016

Where: 264 Harbor Blvd. Bldg. A. Jupiter Room, Belmont

Time: 2pm

Special Guest Speakers (via Video Conference) Include:

2:30pm-3:30pm:  Mary Ellen Copeland, PhD–Founder of WRAP

5:30pm-5:45pm: Matthew Federici–Executive Director of the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery

This event is for anyone in the community who is involved or is interested in San Mateo County’s Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) efforts.

For more information contact:

Jan Allen (650)481-5384, Lee Harrison (650)222-7732, Waynette Brock (650)440-0567

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