Tag Archives: Behavioral Health & Recovery Services

Help Name the Future Cordilleras Behavioral Health Campus

San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services would like your help in naming the future Cordilleras Behavioral Health Campus and its five new buildings— a Campus Center and four Mental Health Rehabilitation Centers (see digital rendering) currently under construction in the unincorporated area of Redwood City.  

The names should center around themes such as recovery, wellness, healing, and nature to capitalize on its beautiful, serene, natural setting to complement the process of wellness, rehabilitation, and recovery, as well as incorporate the vision of the project.

  

Submit suggestions using this form by November 23, 2022. 

A diverse committee will review and select the future names, which will be announced before the new programs open.    

About the programs that will be housed at the future Cordilleras Behavioral Health Campus:
The future Cordilleras Behavioral Health campus has been designed to provide a world-class healing therapeutic environment that is far more homelike and far less institutional. This came about from an extensive review of best clinical practices, as well as campus and building models around the world. Treating people in a smaller-scale, more homelike setting reduces social isolation and creates a more natural environment for healing and social skills training, thereby mitigating problems related to adjustment and recovery. There will be four 16-bed mental health rehabilitation centers and co-housing for 57 residents along with a Campus Center. Construction of the new $155 million campus is currently underway next to the current facility. Completion is slated for the fall of 2023. Learn more about this project.  

For questions, please contact Terry Wilcox-Rittgers, BHRS special projects coordinator at twilcox-rittgers@smcgov.org

Samaritan House Transportation Resources

Community Transportation Benefits Program

What is the Community Transportation Benefits Program?
The Community Transportation Benefits Program (Program) is sponsored and funded by the San Mateo
County 101 Express Lanes. The Program helps qualifying San Mateo County residents cover some of their
transportation costs.

How do I enroll?
There are eight Core Service Agencies that work in close collaboration with the Human Services Agency of
San Mateo County to provide you and your family with basic emergency and support services. You can enroll
for the Community Transportation Benefits Program through any of the following Core Service Agencies either
virtually or in-person. Their contact information can be found below:

Commute.org

Commute.org is your go-to resource to improve how you get to work.
Visit Commute.org to learn more about rewards and resources to help with your commute.

Commute Resources
– Shuttles: Free shuttles to BART and Caltrain
– Trip Planning assistance: Send us a request or use our online STAR trip
planning tool
– E-news: Sign up to stay connected with us

Learn more at Commute.org.

Health Ambassadors Join NAMIWalks 2022

16 BHRS-Health Ambassadors and their families and pets attended the first NAMIWalks held in San Mateo County. BHRS’ Office of Diversity & Equity and Office of Consumer & Family Affairs offered San Mateo County resources at the fair.

NAMIWalks Your Way 2022 came to San Mateo County for the very first time on Saturday, October 8th at Seal Point Park in San Mateo. NAMIWalks Your Way is an opportunity to unite and magnify mental health awareness across the country. We’re all in this together, and together we walk towards a future where Mental Health for All is a reality. 

To learn more about the Health Ambassador Program contact Charo Martinez at (650) 372-6136 or email mmartinezresendiz@smcgov.org.

Written by Charo Martinez (ella/sher/her), BHRS’ Office of Diversity & Equity

Samaritan House Financial Resources

The Journey of Samaritan House

Could you use a financial boost? Have you needed financial assistance in the past just to get by? Do you struggle to make ends meet? Would an extra $500 or $1000 come in handy to deal with financial challenges?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, consider applying for The Journey at Samaritan House.

The Journey program will help you and your family improve your financial future. Work with a personal financial coach for eight (8) months and receive detailed financial health assessments. Also attend monthly webinars and financial trainings, while earning cash and incentives along the way!

For more information, call (650) 294-4323 or email feprogram@samaritanhousesanmateo.org.

Take Control of Your Finances!

This program is an easily accessible and fun way for you to increase yoru personal finance skills. Must have internet access and an email to participate.

Learn more at bit.ly/shfirststep. Sign up at (650) 294-4323 or email feprogram@samaritanhousesanmateo.org.

BHRS Director’s Update – November 2022

 Please see the latest issue of the Director’s Update from BHRS Interim Director, Lisa Mancini. 

 Topics include:

  • Free Tech Support for Clients+
  • Help Name the Future Cordilleras Behavioral Health Campus
  • 2022 Employee Equity Awards – Yolanda Booker, Regina Moreno, and Ziomara Ochoa
  • Congratulations – Peter Dell, MD; Brenden Scherer, MD
  • Contractors’ Association Spotlight: Daly City Youth Health Center Takes a Systemic Approach to Healing Pain in the Community
  • CalAIM Corner:  CalAIM Implementation Plan

Past issues can be found here.

BHRS Director’s Update – October 2022

 

Please see the latest issue of the Director’s Update from BHRS Interim Director, Lisa Mancini. 

 Topics include:

  • Ravenswood Wellness Partnership
  • NAMIWalks in San Mateo County
  • Congratulations – Clara Boyden, 2022 Steve Kaplan Award Recipient
  • Join the MHSA Three-Year Planning Workgroup
  • County Supports Suicide Prevention Month
  • Contractors’ Association Spotlight: Voices Of Recovery San Mateo County
  • CalAIM Corner:  CalAIM Opportunities

Past issues can be found here.

*NEW* On-Call Technical IT Support

*ANNOUNCEMENT* New On-Call Tech Support information for Consumers/Clients and Family Members which includes technical IT support for quick-fix challenges. Telephone, Videoconferences and desktop sharing is available.  You can schedule a technical support session with a Peer Tech Specialist.

Book an appointment at https://bit.ly/tech-support-pb

Pride Center MHSA Project Outcomes

The San Mateo County Pride Center opened it’s doors in July 2016 as a Mental Health ServicesAct (MHSA) Innovation (INN)-approved five-year pilot project. Since then, the Pride Center has expanded the network of services available to the LGBTQ+ community, promoted visibility and belonging, and filled gaps in culturally responsive mental health treatment services.

According to the San Mateo County LGBTQ Commission’s 2018 countywide survey of 546 LGBTQ+ residents and employees, fewer than half (43%) of adult respondents felt that their mental health care provider had the expertise to care for their needs. Among LGBTQ+ youth who responded to the survey, three-quarters (74%)
reported that they had considered harming themselves in the past 12 months, and two-thirds (65%) did not know where to access LGBTQ+ friendly health care.

The MHSA INN component allows counties to introduce and evaluate mental health approaches that have not been tried elsewhere, to develop new best practices. The San Mateo County Pride Center was developed as an INN project since the U.S. has no other model of a coordinated approach across mental health, social, and psychoeducational services for the LGBTQ+ community.

The Pride Center offers services in three components:

  1. Social and Community Activities: outreaches, engages, reduces isolation, educates, and provides support to high-risk LGBTQ+ individuals through peer-based models of wellness and recovery that include educational and stigma reduction activities.
  2. Clinical Services: provides mental health services focusing on individuals at high risk of, or with moderate to severe, mental health challenges.
  3. Resource Services and Training: serves as a hub for LGBTQ+ resources. Hosts trainings and events related to sexual orientation and gender identity, and on providing culturally affirmative services.

In FY 2020-21 alone:
• 3,000+ participants served through clinical, social, training, and drop-in services
• 169 unique individuals received clinical services
• 2,700 hours of clinical services were delivered
• 359 community members served across 10 different peer support groups
• 300+ LGBTQ+ older adults were regularly contacted via emails, calls, and support groups

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