Category Archives: Mental Health Services Act

7/15- MHSA Three-Year Plan Review – Special Meeting

The Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery Commission (MHSARC) will hold a special meeting on July 15th at 3pm and vote to submit the following two MHSA items to the Board of Supervisors: 

  • MHSA Three-Year Plan, Fiscal Year 2020-23 – updated 7/6/20
  • Plan to Spend $5M One-Time Funds – COVID impacts 

The 30-day public comment period closed on Friday, July 3rd.  All public comments have been posted on the MHSA website.

A summary of actions and next steps is included below:

Plan to Spend $5M One-Time Funds on COVID-related impacts
At the Commission meeting on Wednesday, July 1st all comments received for the $5M One-Time Plan were reviewed. The $5M One-Time Plan was amended to include information on the two line items related to stop gaps and is available on the MHSA website.

MHSA Three-Year Plan, Fiscal Year 2020 – 2023
Due to the high number of substantive comments received overall, the MHSARC postponed the review to the July 15th scheduled special meeting. The meeting is open to the public and there will be a time on the meeting agenda for public comment.

For more information, please email Doris Estremera at DEstremera@smcgov.org.

4/29 – MHSA Strategy Prioritization

The MHSA Steering Committee on April 29th will be conducted over Zoom online conference, which can also be attended through the conference line provided for over-the-phone access.  The meeting is open to the public. The agenda and presentation slides are now posted on the MHSA website.


MHSA Steering Committee Meeting – Strategy Prioritization
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 / 4:30 – 6:00 PM
Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/125761698 
Dial in: +1 669 900 6833 / Meeting ID: 125 761 698
One tap mobile: +16699006833,,125761698# 

We conducted 28 input sessions, engaging well over 400 individuals in developing strategies for our prioritized needs.  We have organized all recommendations received into proposed MHSA Strategic Initiatives, I’m excited to share this with you. We will be reviewing all 20+ strategies and hearing from clients and family members who have prepared pre-recorded public comments* to share their stories related to the areas of work we are proposing. 

Hope you are all staying safe during these unprecedented times – thank you for your help in making San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services a better community partner!

* Public Participation: All members of the public can offer comment at this public meeting. During the meeting, participants will be muted, and chat disabled to prevent background noise and disruptions. The host(s) will unmute one participant at a time during the Q&A and Public Comment portions of the meeting. If you would like to speak, please click on the icon labeled “Participants” at the bottom center of the Zoom screen then click on “Raise Hand”. The host(s) will unmute you in the order in which the hand raise notification is received. Please limit your question/comments to 1-2 minutes, the host(s) will be monitoring the time. Share screen and chat will be disabled. The meeting will be recorded.


Questions and public comments can also be submitted via email to mhsa@smcgov.org. There will be a 30-day public comment period once the draft MHSA 3-Year Plan is published.

Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/125761698
Dial in: +1 669 900 6833 / Meeting ID: 125 761 698

MHSA Three-Year Planning

The MHSA Three-Year Plan is developed in collaboration with clients and families, community members, staff, community agencies and stakeholders. It includes behavioral health priorities for funding over the next three years for program expansions and/or improvements, services and expenditure projections.

There are many opportunities for you to get involved in shaping the priorities for MHSA over the next 3 years.

First off, please take the time to complete a 12 question survey that will help inform the mental health and substance use needs in San Mateo County and feel free to share the survey broadly!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MHSA2020

Additionally, there are in-person community meetings throughout San Mateo County to help develop strategies to address the prioritized needs. Visit the the MHSA website, www.smchealth.org/MHSA, for the meeting flyers and the 2020 Input Sessions list, and check  regularly for updates!


MHSA Steering Committee – Prioritization of Needs
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm (MHSARC)
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm (MHSA)
San Mateo County Health Campus, Room 100
225 37th Avenue in San Mateo

MHSA Steering Committee – Prioritization of Strategies
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
4:30pm – 6:30pm
Veterans Memorial Building, Redwood Room
1455 Madison Avenue in Redwood City


Thank you for your help in making San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services a better community partner!

https://www.smchealth.org/bhrs/mhsa

Mental Health Services Act Update (Prop 63)

Proposition 63, known as the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), provides increased funding, personnel and other resources to support County behavioral health programs and monitor progress toward statewide goals for children, transition-age youth, adults, older adults and families. The Act addresses a broad continuum of prevention, early intervention and direct service needs and the necessary infrastructure, technology and training elements that will effectively support this system. The public is encouraged to participate in the MHSA planning process as community input shapes MHSA spending.

MHSA Steering Committee Meeting
The MHSA Steering Committee is open to the public to make  recommendations to the planning, funding and services development for MHSA.   

The MHSA Steering Committee meeting is combined with the monthly Mental Health Substance Abuse and Recovery Commission (MHSARC) meeting in March and October each year. The MHSA portion will begin at 4 pm and both meetings are open to the public. 

Wednesday, March 4
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm (MHSARC) 
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm (MHSA) 
San Mateo County Health Campus, Room 100, 225 37th Ave., San Mateo 

Read the details on what the Committee is working on here. The public is encouraged to participate and get involved in providing input.

East Palo Alto Wellness Center Introduces New Programs and Partnerships

Services at the Barbara A. Mouton Multicultural Wellness Center have significantly expanded with more workshops, events, support groups and mental health resource services being added over the past year.

The facility’s multicultural environment is designed to affirm the inherent worth and dignity of individuals served in a community that reflects and celebrates the diversity of East Palo Alto.

The Mouton Center was established in 2009 by One East Palo Alto.  It is funded by BHRS with Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funding. 

Click here to read more.

Lived Experience Academy Graduates New Speakers

People from the BHRS Lived Experience Academy say they are graduating feeling hopeful, inspired and proud.

Graduate Velisha Sorooshian (center), Kevin Jones, Executive Director, Telecare (left) and Scott Gilman, BHRS Director (right).

“What I didn’t expect was the emotional impact these classes would have on me. I wasn’t expecting everyone’s traumatic stories to grip my heart in such a deep way,” said Lucas, a recent graduate.

Participants learn how to share their personal stories in the 10-hour program and how to see their challenges as a source of hope, strength and wisdom to redefine their narrative.

It’s given me the tool of knowing how to utilize my voice,” said one participant.

14 people recently graduated from the program, funded by the Mental Health Services Act.

Read more in the latest BHRS “Wellness Matters” newsletter.

4/22 – MHSA Steering Committee

Reminder that Mental Health Service Act’s (MHSA) upcoming Steering Committee meeting is this Monday, 4/22 at 3pm.  New members will be joining and having an “Orientation to MHSA” prior to the meeting at 2pm, same location.  All are welcome to attend!

What: MHSA Steering Committee Meeting
When: April 22, 2019, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Where: County Health Campus, Room 100 (225 37th Ave., San Mateo)

At this meeting we will: 

  • Provide input on the MHSA Plan to spend available one-time revenue
  • Receive an update on new MHSA Innovation funding cycle
  • Hear from current Innovation project, Health Ambassador Program for Youth

Actions: 1) approval of the MHSA Plan to spend one-time revenue and 2) approval of a no-cost one-year extension of current innovation projects, the Health Ambassador Program for Youth and the NMT in an Adult System of Care. 

Read more

11/16 – Technology Suite Advisory Committee

Technology Suite Advisory Committee

Recently, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) joined a County Behavioral Health Technology Collaborative, a statewide project aimed at utilizing technology- based and online services and supports to engage and increase access for individuals experiencing symptoms of mental illness who may struggle accessing traditional resources. 

We are seeking a Technology Suite Advisory Committee (TSAC), composed of mental health providers, mental health clients/consumers, family members and community members to help design and oversee the Technology Suite implementation and evaluation. The purpose of the committee is to have a forum for members to provide recommendations on the features offered through the Technology Suite and input on the implementation. The TSAC will review the Technology Suite activities and make suggestions for improvement. The Office of Diversity and Equity will be overseeing the implementation process. 

The informational meeting is to answer any questions, share more about the statewide project and the role of the committee.  You can attend the informational meeting to learn more without any commitment to further participation.

Written by Brittany Ganguly, Community Health Planner

Office of Diversity and Equity 

September 24 – MHSA Steering Committee Meeting

MHSA Steering Cmttee Flyer_092418-1

The next MHSA Steering Committee has been scheduled and as always is open to the public!  The Steering Committee meets twice a year and makes recommendations to the planning funding and services development for MHSA.   At the next meeting  we will:

  • Review an MHSA framework and key principles for funding programs and expansions.
  • Learn about the Pride Center outcomes and request for a 2-year extension.
  • Hear about the next steps for the MHSA Innovation funding cycle.

Key Action Item: Steering Committee members to approve a recommendation to request an Innovation fund extension for the Pride Center. 

MHSA Steering Committee Meeting

Monday, September 24, 2018 / 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Foster City Community Cntr, Wind Room

1000 E Hillsdale Blvd.  Foster City, CA 94404

TODAY, May 23 – Waverly Place Apartments Grand Opening

The long awaited grand opening of the Waverly Place Apartments will take place today from 12 to 2:30 p.m. at 105 Fifth Avenue, Redwood City. Lack of affordable housing is one of the biggest barriers faced by those living with behavioral health issues in San Mateo County.

With the support of the Mental Health Services Act, Measure K and other funding sources, Waverly Place is introducing 16 supported housing units for individuals with severe mental illness. Stop by the grand opening grand opening today, and check out this Wellness Matters article for more information.

Waverly Place Apartments Grand Opening Flyer (002)

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