With the decline in COVID-19 cases and progress in vaccinating eligible individuals, the County of San Mateo has reopened its remaining County services and office buildings today to increase in-person services to our community.
Behavioral Health and Recovery Services offices and clinics have been operational since the start of the pandemic, however, the doors were not open to walk-in traffic. Starting today, the doors to BHRS clinics and offices are open to serve people who walk in without an appointment.
Because this situation may change quickly consumers are encouraged to call ahead (see the program contact list).
Though the County is starting to reopen, COVID-19 remains with us. We will continue to observe safety, masking, and social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread. While this limits our capacity for in-office services, we continue to provide services by phone or telehealth video conference.
The safety of our employees, clients, and the community continues to be a priority. Our goal is to have all in-person services restored by the fall of 2021.
Check here for updates and information on requesting services.
Join us for the 9th Annual San Mateo County week-long PRIDE Celebration! This fun-filled celebration promotes health and wellness among the LGBTQ+ community, builds a sense of community, and provides information about behavioral health services to support individuals in marginalized communities.
A series of virtual workshops offered throughout the week will focus on issues important to the LGBTQ community. Don’t miss the Grand Celebration which streams live on Saturday, June 12, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The celebration is a free LGBTQ+ positive, sober environment for the entire San Mateo County community.
Check out the full schedule of events and register at www.SMCPRIDECelebration.com.
Become a Cultural Humility trainer with Leanna Lewis, LCSW. As a trainer, you will be able to teach Cultural Humility trainings to other organizations in order to further educate the importance of critical self- reflection and life-long learning; changing power dynamics for client focused care; advocating for and maintaining institutional consistency; and community- based care and advocacy.
Please note: You may only apply if you have already taken Melanie Tervalon’s Cultural Humility training as a participant.
Deadline to apply is June 8th, 2021. Application can be found here.
Please join the PRIDE Initiative, our sponsors, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, the BHRS, Office of Diversity and Equity, the SMC PRIDE Center, the SMC LGBTQ+ Commission and our Community Partners for the 9th Annual San Mateo County PRIDE Celebration June 6th-June 12th. This will be our second mostly virtual event. The Purpose of the Annual PRIDE Celebration is to promote health and wellness among the LGBTQ+ Community. To Build a sense of community. To provide info about behavioral health services. Help individuals in marginalized communities seeking services. To provide a free LGBTQ+ positive, sober environment for San Mateo County.
This year’s event will consist of a week-long series of Workshops centered on issues important to the LGBTQ Community and ending on Saturday with a Grand Finale filled with entertainers from our Local Community from 11-2pm, streamed live from the PRIDE Center Facebook page in partnership with PENN TV. So far some of the workshops include a return of the Queer Author’s series which is a collaboration of the SMC LGBTQ+ Commission and SMC Public Libraries. This year the Queer Author’s Series is featuring author George M Johnson with their book All Boys Aren’t Blue: A memoir manifesto on June 9th at 6pm. The SMC PRIDE Center is offering a workshop A Road Map, Tips and Tools for people who identify as Transgender or Gender Non-Binary on June 10th 6-7:30 pm.
The PRIDE Center is offering a SOGIE Training for Community Members on June 7th 6-8 pm. Kaiser is offering a workshop with an Expression Specialist from their Gender Clinic to offer people who identify as Transgender and Gender Non-binary tips on everything from how-to put-on makeup, how to dress and how to walk etc. on June 10th 6-7:30 pm. The Office of Diversity and Equity Health Equity Initiatives will be holding an informative outreach workshop on June 8th 7-8 pm.
On Saturday we will be having our Grand Celebration filmed live at SMC PRIDE Center and streamed on the PRIDE Initiative Facebook page featuring MC Jesus U Betta Work, the return of favorites like local rap artist Aima the Dreamer and the Youth Drag Group from Cappuccino High School the Rebel Kings and much more. To link to our full schedule of events, to register and to stream our Grand Finale go to www.SMCPRIDECelebration.com.
Written by Zachary Comtois, PRIDE Initiative Co-Chair
#HopeForChange of your present moment by incorporating movement. This movement can be the movement of your body, your breath, or your thoughts with meditation. Check out these 2 minute meditations: https://www.dropbox.com/s/j4dvdio0xaoudxd/4_Activity%20Guide_%20MOVEMent.pdf?dl=0
For more info about MHM and our free virtual events, visit SMCHealth.org/MHM.
In addition to moving for mental health, please also check out the upcoming events listed below. All events are free but space is limited. For updates and pre-registration, visit SMCHealth.org/MHM.
Wed, May 19 – 6pm-7pm | Meditación con Pablo Gonzalez
Wed, May 19 – 6pm-7pm | Healing Hope: Intimate Partner Abuse Survivor Panel
Thurs, 5/20- 11:30am-12:30pm | Gentle Chair Yoga
Thurs, 5/20- 4pm-5pm | Family Talk: Vaping
Thurs, 5/20- 7pm-8pm | Mental Health and Music with Gaby Castro
Fri, 5/21- 1pm-2:30pm | Growth and Recovery in the Face of Challenges: Re-examining Myths About Mental Health
Fri, 5/21- 6pm-8pm | Healing Hope with Expressive Arts
Mon, 5/24- 12pm | Solutions for Supportive Homes: Possibilities and Progress
Tues, 5/25- 3pm-4:30pm | Visualizing Mental Wellness: a Graphic Novel presentation from Peers
Tues, 5/25- 6:30pm-8pm | Changing the Stigma: Youth Led Discussion
Tues, 5/25 (also 6/1) – 6pm-8pm | Listening Lab Workshops w/ Nethra Samarawickrema & Yuri Zaitsev
Wed, 5/26- 4pm-6pm | Felton Institute (re)MIND/BEAM Open House and Early Psychosis Informational Session
We need your help to spread the word to your clients/consumers, friends, family and community!
Rhonda R. Rayburn (Senior Community Worker, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Community of San Mateo) shares why she got vaccinated and encourages the African American community to receive their COVID-19 vaccine as well.
To check for available appointments and book your vaccination visit myturn.ca.gov.