Category Archives: Family-Member

Samaritan House Financial Resources

The Journey of Samaritan House

Could you use a financial boost? Have you needed financial assistance in the past just to get by? Do you struggle to make ends meet? Would an extra $500 or $1000 come in handy to deal with financial challenges?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, consider applying for The Journey at Samaritan House.

The Journey program will help you and your family improve your financial future. Work with a personal financial coach for eight (8) months and receive detailed financial health assessments. Also attend monthly webinars and financial trainings, while earning cash and incentives along the way!

For more information, call (650) 294-4323 or email

Take Control of Your Finances!

This program is an easily accessible and fun way for you to increase yoru personal finance skills. Must have internet access and an email to participate.

Learn more at Sign up at (650) 294-4323 or email

Join the OCFA Advocacy Academy

The Advocacy Academy is for individuals with behavioral health challenges and their family members who want to learn skills to be an effective advocate within BHRS and beyond.

Learn the skills to bring your voice to Behavioral Health and Recovery Services committees, particularly to the MHSA Health Equity Initiatives and all other workgroups. Learn to advocate for positive change, social inclusion, consumer and family education and outreach, and much more.

The next training session starts Thursday, February 3 and continues for a total of six consecutive Thursdays (February 3, 10,17, 24, March 3 and 10).

See the flier and application (PDF, Word). Applications are due by January 21, 2022.

For more information, contact the Office of Consumer and Family Affairs at or call 800-388-5189. Learn more about the academy.

Become a better advocate

Join the OCFA Advocacy Academy 2021, presented by The Copeland Center for those BHRS clients and family
members who want to make a difference.

The Advocacy Academy is for individuals with behavioral health challenges and their family members who want to learn skills to be effective advocates within BHRS and beyond. Learn the skills to bring your voice to the BHRS
committees, Health Equity Initiatives and all other workgroups. Advocate for positive change,
social inclusion, consumer & family education and outreach, and much more.

Training provided by trainers with Lived Experience from The Copeland Center for Wellness &

Date: Six consecutive Thursdays: February 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25, and April 1.
Time: From 1 to 3:30 PM
Location: On Zoom

For more information or to apply, contact: or call Jairo at 650-573-2890.
Stipends will be provided.

Deadline to apply: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 5:00 pm

New Resource for Parents & Teens to Navigate Difficult Challenges— CRUSHING THE CURVE

Talking to Your Child About Cannabis

Group of three happy teenagers studyingYoung people have an incredible capacity to learn, grow and experience new things. Cannabis use can negatively impact a young person’s development. San Mateo County is hosting free cannabis education workshops for parents. Join local experts to learn how marijuana use can affect your child’s health, safety and educational outcomes. Find out what you can do to prevent underage use. See dates, locations and additional information below. Read more

March 28- David Young Joins NAMI SMC for General Meeting

New BHRS Director David Young will join the National Alliance on Mental Illness San Mateo County (NAMI SMC) for their next general meeting to share his background, perspectives, values and ideas to enhance the County’s behavioral health system. NAMI SMC general meetings are free and open to the public.

March 28, 2018 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Hendrickson Auditorium,  Mills Health Center
100 S. San Mateo Drive
San Mateo, CA 94401 United States

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.

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

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




African American Parent Family Program

Starting in September 2016 through May 2017, North County Mental Health Clinic will begin a year-round, African American Parent Family Program, for ALL parents, and caregivers of African American and multi-racial children already receiving services within BHRS.

This once monthly parenting program will offer:

  • a culturally relevant format so that parent participants will be able to consider how culture and tradition can positively impact the family system
  • parenting support topics to help improve family relationships and new parenting strategies
  • family focused community referrals and resources

African American Parent Family Program
September 2016 – May 2017
3rd Wednesday’s Monthly
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Location: North County Mental Health, 375-89th St., Daly City, CA 94015

For further information, and to refer parents from your program, please contact: Kelly Lambert, LMFT, who will be facilitating and working directly with the parents of this program, at (650) 301-8662.

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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