Category Archives: Office of Diversity and Equity

11/24 – Stigma Free San Mateo Spanish Workshop

Please share with your networks this event for a San Mateo Stigma-Free virtual workshop that the Office of Consumer and Family Affairs and Office of Diversity and Equity will be hosting in Spanish on Tuesday, November 24th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

This presentation will address the negative ideas and myths in regards mental health issues and substance use that often discourages or prevents people from seeking treatment, and how we can help reduce the stigma in our community.

 During these critical times, specially for our vulnerable communities, we reaffirm our commitment to bringing cultural appropriate access to BHRS available resources.

11/20 – Transgender Day of Remembrance

Please join the PRIDE Initiative, the  Office of Diversity and Equity, the San Mateo County LGBTQ+ Commission  and Community Partners on November 20th 4 pm to 5:30 pm for Transgender day of Remembrance.  Registration through https://tinyurl.com/TDOR2020smc.

Start date 11/5 – Parent Project Spanish Class

Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center will be hosting a Spanish Parent Project class starting on Thursday, November 5th from 6pm to 8pm. The class will be held weekly for 12 weeks and will allow registration up till week 3. If you are interested in participating in this parenting course, please contact Evelia Chairez at echairez@pcrcweb.org or call (650) 513- 0330 x313.

For more information about the Parent Project, please visit smchealth.org/ParentProject.

11/13 – Race & Coronavirus 3rd Town Hall

Please join us for our third Race & Coronavirus Town Hall event on Friday November 13th from 11am-1pm. You can register for event here. The focus of this town hall will be on CBOs/community organizations and their experience during pandemic. In preparation for this event, we sent out a survey to hear from community organizations, the finding from survey will be presented at Town Hall. Additionally, we will be hearing from SMC leadership on COVID-19 recovery plan.  We will have the opportunity to hear directly from community organization representatives during a panel discussion. Attachment includes event flyer in English and Spanish, please support us by sharing this with you community. 

Thank you so much, I hope to see you all on Nov. 13th!

In Community,
DEC Co- Chairs & Town Hall Planning Committee 

10/21 – DACA Updates & Free Legal COnsultations

Catholic Charities is hosting a DACA update event and free legal consultations on Wednesday, October 21st from 4pm to 6pm. They will be providing DACA updates and legal consultations. Please share with your networks.

9/18 | Resiliency and Connection During COVID-19 Livestream

Please join us this Friday, 9/18 for Diversity and Equity Council‘s(DEC) Live Stream on Resiliency and Connection During COVID-19. The Live Stream will be hosted through San Mateo County Health’s Facebook and will be discussing how to stay connected safely, strategies to keep community traditions alive and coping tips for older adults and youth.

The event will be hosted from 2:00-3:00pm in English and then again from 3:30pm-4:30pm in Spanish. Here are the links for both events: 

We look forward to hearing from you then! Please share our flyer with your networks.

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

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