Every year, the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Recovery Commission (MHSARC) recognizes individuals who have found their way to a path of wellness and recovery from mental illness and are active in the consumer movement to better the lives of other consumers in the county.
On March 7, the MHSARC honored Alan Cochran with the Mental Health Consumer Hall of Fame Award.
Alan took the opportunity to promote the HOPE program, a collaboration between NAMI SMC, Heart & Soul Inc., California Clubhouse and BHRS, where he has been hired as a peer mentor.
“This will be my first paid job since 2011, and it’s all because of the help I got from BHRS, San Mateo County and NAMI,” said Alan. For more on HOPE and Alan’s remarkable work in the behavioral health community, check out this Wellness Matters article.
From left to right: Isabel Uibel, Catherine Koss, Yoko Ng and Donald Mattei
At the last Mental Health and Substance Abuse Recovery Commission (MHSARC) meeting last Wednesday, four new commission members were sworn in: Isabel Uibel, Catherine Koss, Yoko Ng and Donald Mattei. Congratulations!
Today’s Mental Health and Substance Abuse Recovery Commission will be located in the Shoreway Room at the Sobrato Center, 350 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood Shores at 3 p.m. For more information, see the meeting agenda.
BHRS Director Steve Kaplan (left), with Angela Stocker (right).
Angela Stocker, Professor, Director and Founder of the College of San Mateo’s Alcohol and other Drug Studies Certificate Program, received the David Lewis Award yesterday. The award, which honors individuals who have made an extraordinary difference in the lives of people with substance use disorders and the San Mateo County community, was presented at the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Recovery Commission meeting. Check out this Wellness Matters article for more on Angela’s impressive work in the community.
The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Recovery Commission is now accepting nominations for the Davis Lewis Award, recognizing outstanding contributions towards recovery. The deadline for nominations is August 11, 2017. For more information see the 2017 Davis Lewis Award nomination form .
The San Mateo County Mental Health & Substance Abuse Recovery Commission is seeking nominees for its annual Tony Hoffman Community Mental Health Service Awards. This honor is made to individuals, professionals, businesses, and the media who have made an extraordinary difference in the lives of people with mental illness and the San Mateo County community. Recognition is given for public education or advocacy to promote mental health awareness and needs or to address stigma; services to persons with mental illness; creation of new and innovative programs or community support activities; recognition of fundraising for mental health activities or long-term financial support to mental health programs; working for new mental health legislation; compassionate treatment of persons with mental illness.
Awards will be presented to honorees at the San Mateo County Mental Health & Substance Abuse Commission meeting on June 7, 2017 (updated from May). Deadline for award nominations is April 12, 2017. Download the Tony Hoffman nomination form.
For the remainder of 2017, the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Recovery Commission (MHSARC) will focus on services for Youth Behavioral Issues for three or four meetings and then Adult Behavioral Issues for three or four meetings.
The first series of meetings for youth will be divided into:
1. Prevention/early intervention/ACCESS
2. Crisis Services
3. Aftercare/follow-up for relapse prevention
4. Consumer youth/Family of youth panel responding to #1-3
The Adult meetings will have a similar format with:
2. Crisis Services
3. Follow-up for relapse prevention
4. Consumer/Family panel responding to #1-3
Please join the Commission for these interesting and educational programs held during the regularly scheduled Commission meetings on the 1st Wednesday of the month. Pass this information on to others interested in these important topics! Visit the MHSARC webpage for more information.