Category Archives: Health Equity Initiatives

Race & Covid-19 WEBINAR – Follow Up Materials

Dear Community,

On behalf of the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) Office of Diversity & Equity (ODE), Bay Area Community Health Advisory Council (BACHAC), StarVista, Get Healthy San Mateo County, and Catholic Charities would like Thank You for being with us for our first Virtual Community Town Hall held on 5/1/20. Our goal was to provide you with resources, hear your voice and experiences and together identify supports that are needed within our LGBTQ+ communities, low-income communities, and communities of color. In line with these efforts we would like to provide you with additional information and resources.

In an effort to continue learning and hearing your thoughts about the Town Hall we are asking that you please complete the Town Hall Exit Survey . Those that return the survey will be entered into a raffle to win a $50.00 gift card! Your valuable feedback helps inform and improve our work.

We are also very excited to let you know that we are planning a Second Town Hall Meeting focused solely on community questions and hearing your voice about your needs at this time. More specific information will be emailed once the details are confirmed.

As promised, we are also happy to provide you with the Community Town Hall follow-up information below. If you need any additional information, please contact The Office of Diversity & Equity at ODE@smcgov.org 

Stay up to date with COVID-19 Resources:

Community Town Hall Materials:

Stay Connected:

We believe that together we can make a difference by providing accurate information and resources, hearing your voice to inform the work and having your support in reaching all those in need across San Mateo County. We also believe that together we can support all those in need in San Mateo County.

Warmly,

 The Town Hall planning team 

For more information, contact the Office of Diversity at ode@smcgov.org.

Xenophobia Response Tips Resource Cards

Xenophobia is the fear and hatred of strangers, foreigners or of anything that is perceived as strange or foreign. Under Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), there are increased incidents of microaggressions, racial profiling, hate crimes in Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. Here are a few tips on how you can respond to xenophobic offenses.

Credit: Chinese Health Initative

For more information, you may contact Chinese Health Initiative at CHI@smcgov.org.

For the full Health Equity Initiative meeting schedule (including virtual meeting links) visit here.

Medi-Cal Healthier California for All: Integrated Health Services

To meet various health needs ranging from behavioral and physical health services, substance use disorder treatment, in-home services and developmental help, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) created a multi-year initiative. This initiative (dubbed “Medi-Cal Healthier for All,” formerly CalAIM) is for integrating the many care programs and systems, aligning funding, data reporting, as well as the quality and infrastructure of the services to improve the quality of life and health outcomes. 

The “Medi-Cal Healthier California for All” initiative has three basic goals:  

  1. To manage member risk and need through Whole Person Care approaches and address the social determinants of health; 
  2. To improve quality outcomes and drive delivery system transformation through value-based initiatives, modernization of systems and payment reform;
  3. To move Medi-Cal to a more consistent and seamless system by reducing complexity and increasing flexibility.

The initiative also contains several components that help increase access to behavioral health, initiatives and reforms for Medi-Cal Managed Care, Dental and other County programs and services.  

Read more about the benefits of the initiative here.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

A candlelight vigil procession was held at the Redwood City Courthouse followed by a commemoration program at the Downtown Library last Friday to remember those who lost their lives to anti-transgender violence. The event was organized by the LGBTQ Commission , PRIDE InitiativeThe San Mateo County Pride CenterAfrican American Community InitiativeBHRS Office of Diversity and EquityCORA and the Redwood City Public Library.

New System Expands Services and Access to Care

Since launching the Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC ODS) pilot in San Mateo County in February 2017, BHRS data has shown a 140% increase in the number of unique Medi-Cal beneficiaries served  annually by the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) provider network  – from 516 people in 2016 to 1,245 people in 2018.  DMC services billed to the State have also increased 206% since implementation.  This increase is due in part, to the increase in the number of certified DMC  providers, from four in 2016 to twenty-four certified DMC providers currently. 

What is the Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System? 

The Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC-ODS) is a pilot program which expands the services that can be provided to Medi-Cal beneficiaries under the Drug Medi-Cal benefit that were not previously covered.  Important new services include:  residential treatment, recovery support services, case management, and medication assisted treatment services.  When combined with the original DMC services (outpatient services, intensive outpatient, and opioid treatment services), a comprehensive substance use disorder benefit is now available.  Through these services, our aim is to improve access and timeliness to care,  enhance our client’s experience of care, and improve overall client health and wellness.    

Read more on how BHRS will continue serving and expanding treatment options and quality of care through this system, click here.

Innovative Pride Center to Remain Open

The one stop shop support and services center is the first of its kind in San Mateo County and thanks to an Innovation funding extension, it will continue serving the local LGBTQ+ community.

Services offered by the Center include:

  • Psycho-educational and social/community activities
  • Mental health clinical services
  • Resources for local, county and national LGBTQ+ services.

California’s Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) approved the extension to keep the center operating in March.

The Pride center has provided services, training and events for over 3,000 participants since opening in 2017. Read the full article here.

To see more stories, read past and current issues, or subscribe to our Wellness Matters newsletter, click here.

Mental Health Care Clients Can Live Longer With Holistic Approach

BHRS is seeing improved physical and psychological health outcomes in the Total Wellness program. The holistic health care approach, established in collaboration with the San Mateo Medical Center, combines mental and physical health services in one location to better serve mentally ill adult clients who also have physical health conditions.  

Consistent and solid improvement is occurring among consumers managing conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The program was created a few years ago because, on average, people with behavioral health issues tend to die 25 years earlier than their peers because of poor access.

To learn more about the Total Wellness program, read the full article in the BHRS “Wellness Matters” newsletter.

You can also subscribe to Wellness Matters here.

11/13 -Transgender Day of Remembrance 2018

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Please join us  for our Transgender Day of Remembrance Gathering on November 13th, 2018 from 5:00pm-7:00pm at San Mateo Public Library. Our program will begin with a candlelight procession and solidarity chants through downtown San Mateo at 5:00pm. Afterwards, we will return to the library to hear from community speakers (additional youth speakers not included on flyer), share resources and learn about actions we can all take to stand in solidarity against anti-transgender violence. As a few of our nation’s leaders consider redefining the meaning of gender, erasing the experiences of transgender folks, we must unite to raise awareness of anti-transgender violence and the lethal implications of defining gender strictly within a binary. Our collective resistance is one more step towards wellness and healing for us all.

This event is brought to the community by the PRIDE Initiative, the LGBTQ Commission , The San Mateo County Pride Center, and BHRS Office of Diversity and Equity.

Written by Annette Pakhchian, LGBTQ+ Community Outreach 

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