Category Archives: County

CHI’s First Health Care Rights And Immigration Forum For The Chinese Community

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Chinese Health Initiative (CHI) hosted its first Health Care Rights and Immigration Forum for the Chinese Community at Millbrae Library on Saturday, October 14th, 2017. There was a huge turnout, with more than 80 individuals attending in-person, along with over 250+ views from our Facebook live recording of the presentation. Of the attendees, we had 27 representatives, from 13 local community agencies, tabling at the Resource Fair. CHI was also recognized by Board of Supervisor David Canepa and by Chief of Staff from Supervisor Dave Pine’s office for our work in hosting the forum for the Chinese Community.

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The Daily Journal Recognizes DUI Court for Potential to Increase Public Safety

In an effort to increase public safety, San Mateo County launched its new DUI Court on September 19. The court provides second and third time misdemeanor offenders with  a team who can link them to needed treatment, support services and increased monitoring.

Check out this thoughtful piece in The Daily Journal about the impact the DUI Court will have in cutting down on drunk driving in our community.

Resources for Those Impacted by Wildfires

Our hearts go out to those affected by the massive wildfires in Sonoma, Napa and Yuba Counties.

A traumatic event such as this is unexpected and often brings out strong emotions. People can call the Disaster Distress Helpline’s toll-free number (1-800-985-5990) and receive immediate counseling. This free, confidential, and multilingual crisis support service is also available via SMS (text TalkWithUs to 66746) to anyone experiencing psychological distress as a result of this event. People who call and text are connected to trained and caring professionals from crisis counseling centers in the network. The Helpline staff provides confidential counseling, referrals, and other needed support services. Read more

New DUI Court Increases Public Safety

DUI Court Article PicBehavioral Health and Recovery Services, together with the San Mateo County Superior Court, District Attorney’s Office, the Private Defender Program and Probation introduced a new Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Court in San Mateo County on September 19.

The court provides second and third time misdemeanor offenders with a team that can link them to treatment and support services that were not previously provided as a part of the DUI process. Check out this Wellness Matters article for more on the DUI Court.

Survey Shows Continuing Widespread Availability of Tobacco Products in San Mateo, the Peninsula

New research shows that in San Mateo County, 74% of stores that sell tobacco carry a popular brand of “little cigars” individually for under a dollar, less than the cost of a candy bar. This finding is part of new research released Wednesday on the availability and marketing of tobacco products, alcohol, condoms, and healthy and unhealthy food options in California stores that sell tobacco. Read the full story on the San Mateo Patch.

20-year Measure A extension placed on ballot

SAN MATEO COUNTY — County officials have placed a 20-year extension of an existing sales tax on the November ballot to possibly combat the housing crisis.

Supervisors unanimously voted on July 26 to seek an extension of the half-cent Measure A tax through 2043. It needed a four-fifths majority to be placed on the ballot.

The measure, which took effect in April 2013 and generates about $80 million a year in revenue, is set to sunset in 2023. The extension is being sought to fund “critical local services and infrastructure,” according to a news release.

Read the full story in The Mercury News.

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