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Consumer and family member leaders, peers working in the system, and allied behavioral health services providers will come together to help define the role that consumer and family members will play in the county’s design and delivery of services, as well as in defining its vision of recovery and wellness. This event is hosted by the Peer Recovery Collaborative in conjunction with the Office of Diversity and Equity and the Office of Consumer & Family Affairs of San Mateo County.

When and Where?
October 26, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Foster City Crown Plaza

For more information, see the event flier, or contact

October 25 – South CSA Resource Fair

Stop by the Redwood City Public Library this Wednesday to learn about behavioral health and recovery services that are available to you. The resource fair will feature personal stories, raffles, children’s activities and light refreshments. BHRS staff, service providers and partners serving the Redwood City community will be there to answer your questions. Spanish interpreter services are available.

When and Where?
October 25, 6 to 8 P.M.
Redwood City Public Library, Community Room

See the event flier in English or Spanish for more information.

10th Annual Housing Heroes Awards Ceremony

Housing Heroes blog post pic

2017 Housing Heroes honorees and BHRS director: Lisa Dixon, (on behalf of Craig and Clarissa Rothe), Lisa Collins, Perrine and Minerva Salariosa, the Ram family and David Young

This past Wednesday, October 18, BHRS, led by the San Mateo County Change Agent Housing Committee, hosted the 10th Annual Housing Heroes Awards. Safe, affordable housing is an essential part of the recovery process. Unfortunately, finding affordable housing in San Mateo County is more challenging than ever, especially for those who have substance use or mental health issues. These awards honor the individuals and organizations who have helped people with these issues find or keep stable housing. Read more

Reminder: Upcoming Immigration and Health Care Events

If you’re interested in potential changes in immigration laws, health care rights for immigrants or the experience of immigrant youth in San Mateo County, then you won’t want to miss out on these informative events taking place over the next two weeks:

Learn about potential changes in immigration laws, health care rights and what it all means for you.

Saturday, October 14 – Health Care Rights and Immigration Forum for the Chinese Community

Sunday October 22 – Immigrant Health Forum 

Wednesday, October 18 – San Mateo County Immigrant Integration Summit 2017

Be sure to pass along the information to family and friends who may be interested.

Lived Experience 2.0 Peer & Family Action Summit – October 26

This month, consumer and family member leaders, peers working in the system and allied behavioral health services providers will come together at the Lived Experience 2.0 Peer & Family Action Summit. The summit will provide attendees with the opportunity to chart the path towards improving the role of peers, consumers and family members in the delivery of mental health and substance abuse services over the next 5 years. Read more

NAMI SMC Offers new Peer Support Program, Peer Pals

 is introducing a new peer support program called Peer Pals. A Peer PAL is someone who is doing well in his or her recovery, and wants to share their friendship and support with a peer who is also experiencing mental illness.peer pals Peer PALS receive monthly training in recovery and mentorship and are compensated for their time.

The program is free to clients who wish to be paired with a Peer PAL who can help them on their own journey to recovery. For more information on the program and how to apply, see the Peer PALS brochure.

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.

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