Category Archives: County

New MHSARC Members are Sworn in

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From left to right:  Isabel Uibel, Catherine Koss, Yoko Ng and Donald Mattei

At the last Mental Health and Substance Abuse Recovery Commission (MHSARC) meeting last Wednesday, four new commission members were sworn in: Isabel Uibel, Catherine Koss, Yoko Ng and Donald Mattei. Congratulations!

FMHI’s Immigrants: At the Crossroads was a Great Success!

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Last Saturday on 12/9, the Social Justice Ministry of St. Andrew Catholic Church partnered with the Office of Diversity and Equity’s Filipino Mental Health Initiative (FMHI) to host an immigration forum called Immigrants: At the Crossroads. The aim of this event was to empower members of the Filipino community to improve their mental health, increase knowledge about immigrant rights, and let the community know that health is available.

Attorney Lisa M. Newstrom, a managing attorney from Bay Area Legal Aid presented on the rights of noncitizens in healthcare programs. In her work, Newstrom commonly hears questions related to what health care an immigrant or low-income person can receive. Bay Area Legal Aid is able to provide help for low-income people for free, relating to topics of domestic violence, housing preservation, economic security, health access, and consumer protection. They focus on specific client populations, including youth and veterans.

Attorney Lourdes Tancino of Tancino Law Offices also covered updates on immigration laws. Tancino Law Office is a full service law firm assisting clients in business and immigration matters. They specialize in family-based immigration, employment based immigration, temporary work visas, removal/ deportation defense and naturalization.

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Roxanne Clarke Recognized at Women in County Government Awards

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Today at the Women in County Government recognition ceremony, one of our very own, Roxanne Clarke, was presented with the Public Service: The Extra Mile award for going above and beyond the call of duty as a bilingual Psychiatric Social Worker at Canyon Oaks Youth Center.

Canyon Oaks Supervising Mental Health Clinician, Victoria Valencia, presented Roxanne with the award, citing her ability to overcome unexpected challenges with a level head.

In her acceptance speech, Roxanne credited her mother with insisting she pursue a college degree – a decision that opened up a world of opportunities which previously seemed out of reach. Roxanne also spoke about the importance of nurturing and supporting our youth community, so they too can achieve their full potential.

Congratulations, Roxanne!

 

Seeking BHRS Consumers/Clients for Focus Group

Have you or your child initiated services within the last 6 to 12 months from a San Mateo BHRS program, county clinic or contracted agency? If so, you are invited to participate in a focus group to give your opinions to an external quality review organization not affiliated with San Mateo County.

There are 15 spaces available for each focus group, so sign up soon if you’re interested! To sign up, call Claudia (650-573-2189) or Lee (650 372-6118) at the Office of Consumer and Family Affairs. Transportation assistance and interpreters are available with 48 hours advance notice. Check out theses fliers in English and Spanish for more information.

Parents/Caregivers
Wednesday, December 13, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Adult Clients
Thursday, December 14, 10:15 to 11:45 a.m.

 

 

 

December 9 – Filipino Mental Health Initiative Immigration Forum

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The Office of Diversity and Equity’s Filipino Mental Health Initiative(FMHI) is excited to announce they will be hosting an immigration forum, Immigrants: At the Crossroads, for the Filipino Community on Saturday, December 9th at St. Andrew Catholic Church Hall in Daly City from 1:30 – 4pm. 

According to Psychiatric Services, the Philippines is the fourth largest country of origin of immigrants to the United States, and the second-fastest-growing Asian immigrant group in the United States. Yet Filipino Americans are shown to significantly under-utilize existing mental health care services that are culturally, socially, and linguistically incompatible with their needs. Along with stigma, the attachment to traditional practices and healing methods remains a notable barrier to appropriate care for the Filipino American community.

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