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Alcohol and Other Drugs Services


Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Services

If you or a loved one is dealing with drug addiction, alcoholism, prescription drug abuse or chemical dependency, seeking help is the first step in recovery.  As the mental health and substance use plan for Medi-Cal beneficiaries residing in San Mateo County, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) offers free consultation, assessment, linkages, and referrals to a network of contracted community-based substance use treatment providers throughout the County.  Call our Access Call Center for assistance.

Alcohol and Other Drug treatment services include: detoxification services, outpatient, residential, and medication assisted treatment. Services provided are based on individual needs and are available to San Mateo County residents on a sliding fee scale. No one is turned away for lack of funds. Priority admission is given to pregnant and parenting women.

BHRS administers substance use prevention and treatment funds from federal, state and local sources and provide a wide range of services for the education, prevention and treatment of drug and alcohol disorders.

Prevention Training Academy

The Prevention Training Academy is meant to build capacity of local groups and organizations to conduct substance use primary prevention work. Attendees learn about substance use and what they can do to prevent substance use in San Mateo County communities using environmental strategy. The Community Health Promotion Unit is providing 4-5 training sessions plus 1 film screening per month on selected topics relevant to substance use prevention including: Alcohol, Marijuana, Tobacco, Opioids, Marijuana Legalization, Health Policies, Coalition Building, Social Media, Evaluation, and many more. Anyone interested can contact Kathy Reyes or visit our Eventbrite page for a full list of available training sessions.

Weren’t able to attend a recent training session? Check out recordings and selected webinars below:                                

Topic:  Alcohol 101 – Health Impacts

Title: Alcohol: The Way You Define the Problem Influences the Solution

Watch now:

Presenter:  Dan Hungerford, DrPH, Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Source:  Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network (ATTC) funded by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Required for credit:

1 Evaluation:  (Once you have viewed Alcohol: The Way You Define the Problem Influences the Solution, please click here[this should also be a link] to submit an evaluation.) 

2.  Knowledge Check Survey (Prevention Partnerships- please turn in completed form to your monitor.)

Topic:  Alcohol Prevention Initiatives

Title:  Alcohol Prevention Initiatives: Community Change

Date: July 11th, 2017

Watch now:

Presenter:  Fahad Qurashi, Youth Leadership Institute

Source: Prevention Training Academy, Community Promotion Unit 

  Handouts and slides

1.  PowerPoint

2.  Continuum of Change Matrix

Required for credit

1.  Evaluation

2.  Initiative/Project Assignment (Prevention Partnerships – see webinar for instructions. Please write your answers in a word document and turn in to your contract monitor)

General information

Rx Opioid Safe

On average, at least one person in San Mateo County dies from a drug overdose every week.

While opioid use in San Mateo County is currently not as big a problem as that of many other communities, it’s important that everyone understand the risks and benefits related to prescription pain medications (opioids).

Download our factsheet here.

What are opioids?

Opioid pain relievers are prescription pain medications that can be dangerous and highly addictive, even for people who have no history of substance use disorders.

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Recovery Services & Resources

For assistance in finding mental health and/or substance use services for someone who may be experiencing a mental illness and/or substance use condition, or for someone you are concerned about, call the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services ACCESS Call Center for information, an assessment and a referral based on individual needs.

ACCESS Call Center: Phone: (800) 686-0101, TDD: (800) 943-2833

Privately insured? Contact your carrier to learn about coverage options and services available to you through your health insurance plan.

General information

Help Quitting Tobacco

Congratulations on taking the first step to quitting smoking!

This might be the most important step you ever take to care for yourself. You can quit, and we can help.

See the bottom of this page for a list of programs that can support you as you work toward a smoke-free life.