Wellness, Resilience and Recovery: Black History Month Event Reflection

On Saturday January 27th, BHRS’ African American Community Initiative (AACI) hosted their 2018 Black History Month event and health fair.  The theme was Wellness, Resilience and Recovery, with the purpose of empowering the community to take charge of their wellness and recovery using the resilience inside us all, and to celebrate Black History Month.  This year’s event was held in San Mateo at the Martin Luther King Junior Community Center. The event was enjoyed by over 70 people consisting of community members/partners, Health System staff, and consumers.  Over thirty plus community agencies provided information and materials on their services.  

The co-chairs of AACI, Tennille Tucker and Talisha Racy co the hosted the event  with Ms. Tucker leading the singing of the National Black Anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing”.  Opening remarks were provided by Carole Groom of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, David Young, the San Mateo County Director of Behavioral Health and Recovery Services and Rick Bonilla, the Mayor of the City of San Mateo.  Invocation was provided by Elder Alvin Swindell, the Pastor of Macedonia Church of God and Christ.

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Take the smc youth marijuana survey

Survey Flyer

Tell us what you think! BHRS’ Community Health Promotion Unit and the San Mateo County Youth Commission are conducting a survey to understand marijuana knowledge, attitudes and behavior among youth and young adults. The survey is open to 12-25 year olds who live, work, and/or go to school in San Mateo County, until the end of March.

If you want to help inform the creation of a marijuana education campaign and get the chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card, then take the survey today! Please share the link with all who may be interested: https://marijuana.surveyanalytics.com.

BHRS Seeks Private Providers

Behavioral Health and Recovery Services is seeking to contract with licensed clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, licensed professional clinical counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists and nurse practitioners to provide mental health services to San Mateo County Medi-Cal and CareAdvantage beneficiaries under a managed care system.

We offer highly competitive rates, which have recently been increased, and a chance to build your practice- or if you’re already established, a chance to give back to the community! Please contact provider relations at 650-573-2242 if you’re interested in joining the BHRS private provider network. See the Private Provider Network brochure for more information.

NAMI SMC Seeks Bilingual Family Partners

NAMI SMC is looking for bilingual Family Partners for the new HOPE (Helping Our Peers Emerge) project. HOPE is a colloboration between NAMI SMC, Heart & Soul, California Clubhouse and BHRS,  designed to provide peer and family support services to assist individuals who are in psychiatric hospital settings and help them successfully transition back into the community.

NAMI is seeking full or part time Family Partners who are bilingual in Mandarn/Cantonese and English, or Spanish and English. See the job description for more information.

March 5 – BEAM Community Advisory Meeting

The Bipolar Disorder Early Assessment and Management (BEAM) program, a community partnership between Felton Institute and BHRS, is hosting their quarterly community advisory board meeting at 1108 S. El Camino Real in San Mateo on March 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

If you have an interest in using your personal and/or cultural experience to shape how services are delivered, then stop by to share your voice. Refreshments will be provided.

Video conference and teleconference options are available for those who are unable to join in person. See the flier for RSVP information.

March 1 – Brian Copeland, “The Waiting Period”

The Waiting Period, Brian CopelandThe Mental Health Association and Health Foundation of San Mateo County present Brian Copeland performing “The Waiting Period,” an inside look at depression and how a conversation can save someone’s life. Stick around after the performance for an ice cream social and informal discussion with Brian Copeland.

When? March 1,  7 p.m.  Where? The theater at Aragon High School

$20 General Admission and $5 Student tickets are available at www.mhasmc.org.
Scholarships are available by calling


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