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Another HAP Graduate Receives George Culores Hall of Fame Award

Michael Lim

Michael Lim (left) accepts award from Betty Savin (Commissioner).

Every year the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Commission (MHSARC) honors individuals who have found their way to a path of wellness and recovery from mental illness and have been active in the consumer movement to better the lives of others in San Mateo County. This year, we are very proud of Mr. Michael Lim, one of our BHRS Health Ambassadors, who was one of the honorees of the George Culores Hall of Fame Award.

On January 6, 2016 Mr. Lim was recognized for his ongoing dedication and efforts to better the lives of others through education, advocacy, outreach and volunteering at numerous health and recovery focused events. In addition, Michael gives hope and inspiration to our community members through his own journey of recovery.

Michael shared a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that has inspired his work: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that…” Reasoning that there is much work to do in the areas of Stigma and educating the public about mental health. This quote has motivated Michael to do all he can to learn and be involved. Propelling him to make healthy changes in his life and sharing his journey with others.

For more information on the Office of Diversity and Equity’s (ODE) Parent Project ® please visit http://smchealth.org/bhrs/ode/CommunityEd#parenting

For more information on the ODE’s Health Ambassador Program (HAP) please visit http://smchealth.org/bhrs/ode/CommunityEd#HAP

For more information on our MHSARC meeting please visit http://smchealth.org/mhsarc.


The Fatherhood Collaborative acknowledges the Office of Diversity & Equity’s Parent Project®

FC RecognitionThis past weekend the Fatherhood Collaborative of San Mateo County acknowledged Dr. Jei Africa for his leadership in guiding the Behavioral Health & Recovery Services (BHRS) Office of Diversity & and Equity’s (ODE) Parent Project®. During the event, Senator Jerry Hill and Supervisor Dave Pine recognized the Parent Project® for its work and focus on engaging fathers in ODE courses and taking intentional steps to increase involvement by fathers, uncles, grandfathers and other male figures in children’s lives and in our communities.

This tribute highlights the work of BHRS to engage fathers and father figures in ODE courses, in its diligent work to increase the number of men facilitating our Parent Project® courses, and in currently having 50% of BHRS Health Ambassadors being male role models for our youth, families and communities. To learn more about ODE’s Parent Project® visit www.smchealth.org/ODE

San Mateo High School Graduates Largest Class of Parent Project® course to date

On November 24, in partnership with San Mateo High School and the San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE), San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services’ Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE) graduated our largest class to date – with 33 parents graduating! A huge thank you to Principal Yvonne Shiu and Parent Involvement Coordinator Nancy Yance Chavez from San Mateo High School. Working together, we were able to provide these parents with information, skills and supports to make the changes they wanted in their homes and school.

ParentProject SMHS

The Parent Project® is an award-winning parent education and support class that teaches parents and caregivers specific prevention and intervention strategies to establish and build a healthy familial relationship. This course meets 3 hours a week for 12 weeks and is offered with dinner, childcare, and all materials included at no cost to the parents. Starting in 2010, ODE has held 26 classes. Since partnering with SMCOE in Fall 2013, 11 different schools throughout San Mateo County have hosted the Parent Project® with five more slated in February 2015. Learn more about the San Mateo County Parent Project.

For more information on upcoming classes in San Mateo County or how to bring a class to your school or community, please contact Maggie Furey at 650-372-3272 or c_mfurey@smcgov.org.

More info: The Parent Project or find a class near you.