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Honoring Presidents' Day

Today we honor the founders of a mighty nation and the foundation of a country built upon justice, equality and the preservation of human rights.

That’s why participation in the 2020 Census is so important. It’s our civic duty, and the National Census has been a cornerstone of our democracy since our country began!

Take the pledge to participate in the 2020 Census: www.smccensus.org.

Representing Diversity in the Census

Census 2020: What's at Stake

The next national census is fewer than 60 days away. Every 10 years, the federal government is required to count each and every person living in the country — regardless of citizenship status, age, or criminal history.

Why it’s Important that Everyone Participates

Ensuring a complete and accurate count in Census 2020 is critical for many reasons​, and to ensure that everyone is equally represented so that government resources are allocated fairly. The census is used to make important community decisions, like where to build homes, parks, schools, and roads and where to offer health, childcare, and transportation services. And businesses rely on census data to determine where to open facilities, what products to develop, and how to market their services.

Your Information is Confidential 

Census 2020 will only ask for very basic information, like age, sex, and race/ethnicity. Citizenship or immigration status will NOT be asked.

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BHRS Honors Housing Heroes

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Yesterday the San Mateo County Change Agent Housing Committee and BHRS hosted the 11th annual Housing Heroes awards, honoring exceptional individuals who have gone above and beyond in providing and maintaining housing for those with mental health and/or substance use issues.

San Mateo County Supervisor Carol Groom commended the honorees for their important work, and stressed just how meaningful it is for each of us to have a warm bed to come home to at the end of the day. Clients also spoke about how they’ve benefited from the help of our Housing Heroes.

Securing affordable housing in this county can be challenging these days, and stigma creates an additional barrier for those with mental health or substance use issues. You don’t need to be a property owner or a policy maker to be a part of the solution. We all have the power to help create communities where those with behavioral health issues are welcomed as friends, coworkers and neighbors.

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.

SMC Recognized for Suicide Prevention Efforts in Schools

Check out this article in the San Fransisco Chronicle about the suicide prevention effort at work across San Mateo County schools, featuring BHRS crisis services coordinator Molly Henricks.

 

June 16 – 2018 SMC Pride Celebration

The San Mateo County Pride Initiative proudly presents the county’s sixth annual LGBTQ+ Pride Celebration on June 16 at San Mateo Central Park. This year’s theme is Celebrate. Resist. Unite.

A number of dynamic artists are already confirmed, including Josie Day, Lady Char and the Sistahs of the Drum Collective. Stop by to enjoy family-friendly activities, resource booths, food trucks and more.

Help us celebrate health, wellness and pride throughout the LGBTQ+ and entire San Mateo County community at this sober event, where all are welcome. See www.smcpride2018.com for updates and information.

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