Category Archives: Older Adults

Serenity House CRT Program Reopens

We are pleased to announce that the Serenity House Crisis Residential Treatment (CRT) program opened on Monday, October 3!

Serenity House is a 13-bed CRT program serving adults age 18+ with a diagnosis of mental illness, including those with co-occurring substance use disorders. In partnership with San Mateo County, the CRT will provide care to individuals aged 18 and above, 24-hours a day, 7 days per week.

The CRT will help people find relief from distress, maintain stability, and emphasize choice-making skills and harm-reduction techniques. Prior to arriving at the program, all referrals should call 650-539-0340 to access services.

Referrals may be generated through self-referral, local law enforcement, emergency responders, or being diverted from psychiatric emergency departments.

Learn more here.

12/21- Heart & Soul Holiday Open House

Join Heart & Soul in celebrating the holiday season! Learn about their programs, meet their team member, and gather in community. Their holiday open house is Wednesday, December 21st from 3pm to 6pm at 1633 Old Bayshore Hwy, Suite 258, Burlingame.

Heart & Soul is also offering an in-person Holiday Wellness Project: 2023 Vision Boards. How will you nurture your wellness in 2023? Vision boards are creative tools to hep you focus your awareness and intentions for the new year. Materials will be provided to create a 15 x 11 inch Vision Board. An image bank of hundreds of clippings, quotes and pictures will be available for you to use in your collage. If you have favorite imagery or meaningful wording to incorporate in your Vision Board, bring them with you!

For more info visit heartandsoulinc.org or email info@heartandsoulinc.org.

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Reducing the Risk of Suicide in Older Adults

olderadultsWhen most people think about suicide, young people come to mind. What many people do not know is that suicide rates are higher among older adults than any other age group. Physical and social challenges related to aging can increase the risk of depression, anxiety and isolation, but help is available for coping with these challenges. #BeThe1To support the older adults in your life and share the Institute of Aging 24/7 Friendship Line at 1-800-971-0016.  #SMCPrevention

To gain more in depth knowledge on how to prevent suicides among an older adult, you can attend the Suicide Prevention in Older Adults training on Friday, September 29 9:30-11:30am at 350 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood Shores. Register by 9/25 at www.smcolderadultsuicideprevention.eventbrite.com.

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Learn About How to Prevent Suicide Among Older Adults

The San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services is hosting a training free and open to the public on suicide prevention among older adults (generally 60+). The target audience is for anyone serving and supporting older adults in San Mateo County, including clinicians, mental health staff, community center staff and other individuals supporting older adults.

The training will feature the following great speakers:

Dr. Patrick Arbore (Institute of Aging, Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention)
Carmen Lee (Stamp Out Stigma)
Dr. Barbara Yates-Weissman (San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services)

 
The training will take place on Tuesday, September 13 12:15-1:30 pm in Room 100, 225 37th Avenue, San Mateo, CA, 94403. For more information, please see attached flyer.

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Mental Wellness Screening event for Chinese seniors a success

imageOn July 26th 2016 the Chinese Health Initiative (CHI), of the Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE), coordinated a free Mental Wellness Screening event for 25 seniors of Self Help for the Elderly, a senior center dedicated to provide a place and resources of monolingual Chinese residents of San Mateo County.

ODE’s Chinese Outreach Worker, along with CHI members, Chinese-speaking community volunteers, and BHRS staff and clinicians, organized the event.  Services included screening monolingual seniors for depression, educating them on their results and referring them to appropriate care, if needed.  Service agencies from throughout San Mateo County also attended to promote behavioral health resources available to the community.

Chinese seniors who participated in the event provided very grateful responses to this event in spite of the strong stigma ingrained within traditional Chinese culture. CHI is very appreciative of the opportunity to work closely with Self Help for the Elderly and looks forward to future partnerships.

New BHRS Deputy Director Adult/Older Adult Services

I am very pleased to announce that Karen Krahn has been selected to fill the BHRS Deputy Director Adult/Older Adult position.

Karen has an extensive and rich history of experiences in behavioral health services in the public and private sectors. For the past 9+ years she has worked for the state of Hawaii Department of Health’s Behavioral Health Division. Among her responsibilities were directing clinical operations, strategic planning, compliance, performance improvement, forensic and multicultural service programs, implementation and oversight of supported housing, case management, co-occurring programs, supported employment, expansion of career ladder for peer specialists, crisis services, and contracting.

Karen also worked for Magellan Health Services as Vice President of Quality Improvement and was responsible for public sector policy, program development and oversight of quality improvement with 14 Medicaid managed care contracts in 12 states.

With Karen’s background she will be a great help to BHRS as we navigate the many challenges and opportunities that are here and ahead of us in the coming years.
Karen will join us at the end of February

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