Category Archives: Public Policy/Issues

Coping Strategies for COVID-19

BHRS Director Scott Gilman discusses coping strategies in this video. Please see the downloadable flyer below the video and share with those that may find this helpful! 

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Census Challenge: Marc Berman, CA Assemblymember

Join the 2020 Census Challenge!

County Health Officer’s March 23 Statement: COVID-19

See the San Mateo County Health Officer, Dr. Scott Morrow’s most recent statement on COVID-19 posted on March 23, which provides a better understanding of where we find ourselves today, and the critical need for everyone to shelter in place.

You can also read his previous statements from 3/16/20, 3/10/20, 3/5/20, and 2/27/20 here: https://www.smchealth.org/post/health-officer-statements.

Get the latest San Mateo County Health COVID-19 news and information at www.smchealth.org/coronavirus.

Protecting Yourself from COVID-19

Medi-Cal Healthier California for All: Integrated Health Services

To meet various health needs ranging from behavioral and physical health services, substance use disorder treatment, in-home services and developmental help, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) created a multi-year initiative. This initiative (dubbed “Medi-Cal Healthier for All,” formerly CalAIM) is for integrating the many care programs and systems, aligning funding, data reporting, as well as the quality and infrastructure of the services to improve the quality of life and health outcomes. 

The “Medi-Cal Healthier California for All” initiative has three basic goals:  

  1. To manage member risk and need through Whole Person Care approaches and address the social determinants of health; 
  2. To improve quality outcomes and drive delivery system transformation through value-based initiatives, modernization of systems and payment reform;
  3. To move Medi-Cal to a more consistent and seamless system by reducing complexity and increasing flexibility.

The initiative also contains several components that help increase access to behavioral health, initiatives and reforms for Medi-Cal Managed Care, Dental and other County programs and services.  

Read more about the benefits of the initiative here.

No Citizenship Question on Census 2020

Did you know that the proposed citizenship question on the Census 2020 questionnaire does not ask whether a resident is here legally, or whether they are a US citizen? The Census Bureau will NOT be collecting information on Illegal immigration. There are many residents who are not citizens but are legally living in San Mateo County. Get the facts here: www.smccensus.org.

Be sure you are counted in the 2020 census – a complete and accurate count is critical for many reasons​, and to ensure that everyone is equally represented so that government resources are allocated fairly. 

Information and Updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

San Mateo County Health is working closely with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to respond to novel coronavirus and its potential impacts on the Bay Area. Visit https://www.smchealth.org/coronavirus for information and updates.

Call 2-1-1 for Non-Medical, Non-Emergency Questions About Coronavirus.

2-1-1 is a confidential service accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week in 180 languages. Callers can get answers to questions about how residents, schools and businesses should prepare for COVID-19, as well as ways to prevent the spread of the virus.

2020 Census: Calling for Volunteers!

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