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9/14 – Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Community Input Meeting

Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander (NHPI) Community Input Session

September 14, 2022, 6pm

We are looking for input on Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Innovation approved funding to support the mental wellness of NHPI youth.  Join us in a discussion about the needs of NHPI youth in San Mateo County.

Please share with your networks.

For more information visit smchealth.org/bhrs/mhsa.

David Lewis Award Nominations – Due August 16

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The San Mateo County Behavioral Health Commission is seeking nominees for its annual David Lewis Award – Recognizing Outstanding Contributions towards Recovery.

This honor is made to the individual or organization that has made an extraordinary difference in the lives of people with substance abuse disorders and the San Mateo County community.

Recognition is given for public education or advocacy around alcohol and other drug abuse issues or to address stigma; services to persons with substance abuse disorders; creation of new and innovative programs or community support activities; recognition of fundraising for substance abuse treatment activities or long-term financial support to substance abuse programs; working for new legislation; compassionate treatment of persons with alcohol and other drug disorders.

Download the nomination form.

Seeking Tony Hoffman Award Nominations

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. 

See the nomination form for more information. Deadline for submission is April 19, 2022.

David Lewis Award Nominations – Due August 13

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San Mateo County’s Mental Health and Substance Abuse Recovery Commission’s (MHSARC) David Lewis award is presented annually in September to an individual who has made a significant contribution to substance abuse recovery through successful programs, community education, stigma reduction, or client advocacy.

David Lewis was a long-term employee of San Mateo County Health. He was the co-founder and president of the Board of Directors of “Free at Last,” a substance abuse treatment and prevention agency in East Palo Alto that seeks to break the cycle of addiction, rebuild families, foster education and economic self sufficiency, and contribute to the health and safety of the community. David was shot and died on June 9, 2010. 

Nominate an individual by returning the completed nomination form on or before August 13.  More info on the MHSARC awards.

Tony Hoffman 2021 AWard Nominations Due April 20

The Tony Hoffman Community Mental Health Services Award presented annually by the San Mateo County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Recovery Commission recognizes individuals, professionals, businesses, and the media in San Mateo County who have made an extraordinary difference in the lives of people with mental illness and the communities in which they live.

Recognition is given for public education or advocacy to promote mental health awareness and needs or to address stigma; public education and services to provide housing and employment for 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; or working for new mental health legislation.

They also honor mental health consumers who, in their journey of recovery, are able to give back to their peers or the community. Awards are presented each May during Mental Health Month.

To nominate someone, download and submit the nomination form by April 20, 2021

Balance Taking Care of Yourself Too

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Now Accepting nominations for the George Culores Hall of Fame

This award seeks to recognize consumer/clients who have made contributions to better the lives of other consumer/clients; have shown leadership in the consumer movement, or have a personal journey of recovery that inspires and gives hope to others.  

If you’d like to nominate someone, please complete and return the 2021 nomination form by Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

David Lewis Award Nominations

The San Mateo County Mental Health & Substance Abuse Recovery Commission is seeking nominees for its annual David Lewis Award, recognizing outstanding contributions towards recovery. 

This honor is made to the individual or organization that has made an extraordinary difference in the lives of people with substance abuse disorders and the San Mateo County community. Recognition is given for public education or advocacy around alcohol and other drug abuse issues or to address stigma; services to persons with substance abuse disorders; creation of new and innovative programs or community support activities; recognition of fundraising for substance abuse treatment activities or long-term financial support to substance abuse programs; working for new legislation; and compassionate treatment of persons with alcohol and other drug disorders.

Confidentiality of private information is very important. If you are nominating someone who is in recovery, please be sure that they are comfortable revealing their status.

Awards will be presented to honorees at the San Mateo County Mental Health & Substance Abuse Recovery Commission meeting on September 2, 2020. The Deadline for award nominations is August 12, 2020. 

Download instructions and nomination form below:

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.

Nominations for Tony Hoffmann Community Mental Health Service Awards

1283674The 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, date to be determined. Deadline for award nominations is June 15, 2020.

For details and the form, please download here:

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