Category Archives: Mental Health Services Act

Pride Center MHSA Project Outcomes

The San Mateo County Pride Center opened it’s doors in July 2016 as a Mental Health ServicesAct (MHSA) Innovation (INN)-approved five-year pilot project. Since then, the Pride Center has expanded the network of services available to the LGBTQ+ community, promoted visibility and belonging, and filled gaps in culturally responsive mental health treatment services.

According to the San Mateo County LGBTQ Commission’s 2018 countywide survey of 546 LGBTQ+ residents and employees, fewer than half (43%) of adult respondents felt that their mental health care provider had the expertise to care for their needs. Among LGBTQ+ youth who responded to the survey, three-quarters (74%)
reported that they had considered harming themselves in the past 12 months, and two-thirds (65%) did not know where to access LGBTQ+ friendly health care.

The MHSA INN component allows counties to introduce and evaluate mental health approaches that have not been tried elsewhere, to develop new best practices. The San Mateo County Pride Center was developed as an INN project since the U.S. has no other model of a coordinated approach across mental health, social, and psychoeducational services for the LGBTQ+ community.

The Pride Center offers services in three components:

  1. Social and Community Activities: outreaches, engages, reduces isolation, educates, and provides support to high-risk LGBTQ+ individuals through peer-based models of wellness and recovery that include educational and stigma reduction activities.
  2. Clinical Services: provides mental health services focusing on individuals at high risk of, or with moderate to severe, mental health challenges.
  3. Resource Services and Training: serves as a hub for LGBTQ+ resources. Hosts trainings and events related to sexual orientation and gender identity, and on providing culturally affirmative services.

In FY 2020-21 alone:
• 3,000+ participants served through clinical, social, training, and drop-in services
• 169 unique individuals received clinical services
• 2,700 hours of clinical services were delivered
• 359 community members served across 10 different peer support groups
• 300+ LGBTQ+ older adults were regularly contacted via emails, calls, and support groups

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Mental Health Services Act Updates

MHSA Steering Committee Meeting – February 3rd 

MHSA Steering Committee meetings are open to the public to provide input, make recommendations and stay up-to-date on new MHSA developments and ongoing programming. The next meeting is scheduled, see the flyer for more details.

MHSA Steering Committee Meeting
Thursday, February 3, 2022
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm 

New MHSA Innovation Workgroup

Help us develop an inclusive and supportive process for submitting, selecting and funding innovative ideas! 5% of MHSA funding must be allocated to new best practices in behavioral health services. The workgroup will meet once a month on Thursdays, February 17th, March 17th and April 21st from 3-4:30 PM. See the flyer for more details.

To join this workgroup, we ask that you:

  • Commit to attending all three (3) meetings listed above.
  • Complete a short Participant Survey. The workgroup will be limited to 10-12 individuals.

PROVIDE YOUR INPUT ON THE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ACT PLANNING

The 2021 Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Steering Committee meetings are will now take place four times a year on the first Thursday in February, May, September and December from 3:00 -4:30 pm. MHSA meeting are open to the public to provide input, make recommendations and stay up-to-date on new MHSA developments and ongoing programming.

See the flyer and details below for the upcoming February meeting.

When:
September 2nd
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Location: Remotely via a Zoom webinar

Join via Zoom:
Zoom Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83216209789
Dial in: +1 669 900 6833 / Meeting ID: 832 1620 9789

For more information on the meetings, please visit: https://www.smchealth.org/meeting/mhsa-steering-committee-meetings. Visit the the MHSA planning page to learn more about MHSA is being implemented in San Mateo County and to get involved.

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.

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