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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

Early Clinic Closure Notice for Today – North County Adult Clinic

BHRS North County Adult Mental Health Clinic in Daly City will close at 12 noon today (June 10) due to the protests and will reopen tomorrow, June 11. All services will continue remotely. 

For support, please call (650) 301-8645. For new clients call the BHRS Access Call Center.  If psychiatric emergency, please call 911 or go to nearest hospital.

All new clients seeking services, please call the BHRS Access Call Center at 1-(800) 686-0101, TDD: (800) 943-2833 (or dial 711) for an assessment and referral. Learn more about accessing services here [Spanish], [Chinese], [Tagalog], [Russian].

If you are experiencing a psychiatric emergency, please call 911 or go to nearest hospital.

Note:  the North County Youth Mental Health Clinic in Daly City is normally closed on Wednesdays. 

Race & Covid-19 WEBINAR – Follow Up Materials

Dear Community,

On behalf of the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) Office of Diversity & Equity (ODE), Bay Area Community Health Advisory Council (BACHAC), StarVista, Get Healthy San Mateo County, and Catholic Charities would like Thank You for being with us for our first Virtual Community Town Hall held on 5/1/20. Our goal was to provide you with resources, hear your voice and experiences and together identify supports that are needed within our LGBTQ+ communities, low-income communities, and communities of color. In line with these efforts we would like to provide you with additional information and resources.

In an effort to continue learning and hearing your thoughts about the Town Hall we are asking that you please complete the Town Hall Exit Survey . Those that return the survey will be entered into a raffle to win a $50.00 gift card! Your valuable feedback helps inform and improve our work.

We are also very excited to let you know that we are planning a Second Town Hall Meeting focused solely on community questions and hearing your voice about your needs at this time. More specific information will be emailed once the details are confirmed.

As promised, we are also happy to provide you with the Community Town Hall follow-up information below. If you need any additional information, please contact The Office of Diversity & Equity at 

Stay up to date with COVID-19 Resources:

Community Town Hall Materials:

Stay Connected:

We believe that together we can make a difference by providing accurate information and resources, hearing your voice to inform the work and having your support in reaching all those in need across San Mateo County. We also believe that together we can support all those in need in San Mateo County.


 The Town Hall planning team 

For more information, contact the Office of Diversity at

Express Encouragement

How do people and communities deal with difficult events and challenges like a serious illness, the death of a loved one, relationship problems, the loss of a job, and other traumatic events? How can we provide support to our loved ones when they are struggling?

Research shows that resiliency —or the ability to “bounce back” after difficult experiences—is not an innate trait, but rather a complex set of behaviors, thoughts, and actions that can be learned and strengthened. And one of the best ways to build resiliency is by fostering connections with the people around you, whether that’s people in your community or your friends and family. Strong, supportive relationships with close family, friends, and loved ones are a key element for a happier and healthier life.

This week, strengthen your community by expressing encouragement to those around you:

  • Share one of the Each Mind Matters Affirmation Cards with a friend, family member, colleague, or even a stranger. You can download a printable version or share these via social media.
  • We all need some extra encouragement from time to time. Print and hang this poster to brighten someone’s day.
  • View and share messages of hope and recovery from the #BeTheOneSMC photo gallery.

May Mental Health Awareness Month is coordinated by the Planning Committee and the Office of Diversity and Equity.

#BeTheOneSMC to #ExpressYourself

If you or a loved one are in need of mental health local support for mental health and substance use issues, contact these 24/7 numbers:  

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 
  • Starvista Crisis Hotline (San Mateo County): 650-579-0350 
  • ACCESS Call Center (San Mateo County Behavioral Health Services): 800-686-0101 
  • California Peer-Run Warmline: 855-845-7415 


Missed the Race and COVID-19 TownHall? Watch here!

The impacts of COVID-19 have touched us all. However, it has been particularly concerning for our marginalized communities. The pandemic has highlighted how individuals with lack of adequate health insurance coverage, employment instability, economic uncertainty and limited ability to physically distance due to their work or housing situations are at greater risk of the physical and mental health impacts of COVID-19.

San Mateo County Race and Coronavirus Town Hall – May 1, 2020, was hosted by the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Office of Diversity and Equity in collaboration with StarVista, Bay Area Community Health Advisory Council, Get Healthy San Mateo County, and Catholic Charities to provide accurate information and resources, hearing community voices to inform the work and support in reaching all those in need across San Mateo County.

For more information, please contact Office of Diversity and Equity at

Thank you 2020 MHAM Planning Committee!

Each year, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services partners up with local agencies, consumers, and community members to coordinate Mental Health Awareness Month. This year posed a special challenge for the committee when meetings were transitioned to virtual and several of our planned in-person events had to be postponed.

A huge thank you to our 2020 MHAM Planning Committee for all your hard work, passion, and resilience!

For more information on Mental Health Awareness Month and a full list of events visit

For any questions please contact Kristie Lui at

Mark Your Calendars for 2020 May Mental Health Awareness Month!

Colleagues and friends,

Each year, San Mateo County joins our state and country in celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM) in May. MHAM is one of the best times of the year where we can promote wellness and reduce stigma against those facing mental health and substance use issues.

Starting today, San Mateo County is joining Each Mind Matters, California’s Statewide Mental Health Movement, in promoting the theme #ExpressYourself. As we celebrate 2020 MHAM, we are focusing on how expressing ourselves in different ways can raise awareness about mental health, break down barriers between people, build our own wellness and strengthen our communities. Due to COVID-19, all of our events will be taking place virtually this year. Look forward to virtual open mics, paint and dance classes, mental health panels, and more! All events will be FREE and available to the public.

Stay tuned every week in May for weekly emails:

Week 1: Express Your Support

Week 2: Express Your Well-being

Week 3: Express Encouragement

Week 4: Express Unity

Please share with your clients, friends, family and community the attached flyer or this website where you can get more updates and details.

We appreciate any level of support you can give to promote MHAM!

In community,

BHRS Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE) and 2020 MHAM Planning Committee

4/20- MHFC State of Emergency COVID-19: Intimate Compassionate Understanding

Rescheduled to Monday April 20, 2020 (12:30pm-2:30pm), MHFC’s virtual event is for all those interested in preserving the lives of African Americans. They are especially reaching out to African American pastors, clergy, faith leaders and other stakeholders to offer essential culturally responsive mental health tools to support those experiencing increased anxiety, depression and feelings of grief due to the isolation and loss of physical connection. 

Session will include discussions on “how to be there when you’re not there”, connecting our community to economic opportunities and sharing of resources to better position our members for compassionate care within our faith communities before there is a need to utilize local emergency rooms. We are aware of an increase in police responses to mental health resources to lower the risk of this potentially dangerous option.

We recognize our Faith and ability to congregate has been a historical protective factor that has sustained us. For us to bridge the gap and challenges of social distancing and our inability to meet together it is critical that we access and apply tools that will enable us to remain a constant source of support for individuals living in isolation.

RSVP by email to to receive the password and join us for this critical time of Connection, Compassion and Caring. We want our community to know that I.C.U. Please access the login information from the attached flier. “

It is widely understood that when America has a cold the African American community has pneumonia. Now that American have pneumonia, let’s prevent African Americans from being placed on life support.” – Gigi Crowder L.E.

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