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Alcohol and Other Drugs Services

Overview

Substance Use Treatment Services

If you or a loved one is dealing with drug addiction, alcoholism, prescription drugs 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 at (800) 686-0101, TDD (800) 943-2833.

Substance use 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. 

Learn more about BHRS and how to contact us.                               

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Crisis Services

We all want to protect the people we love, but sometimes we cannot do it on our own. If a family member or friend is in a mental health crisis and at risk of harming themselves or others, call the police – even though you or your family member may be upset or afraid – to help ensure everyone’s safety.

Find resources below that can help you and the people around you in and after a mental health emergency or crisis event.

If you are Experiencing a Mental Health Emergency

Call 9-1-1

Call 911 (ask for a CIT officer) or go to your nearest hospital emergency room if you can safely get there.  See Guidelines for calling 911 in a mental health emergency to help prepare yourself. 

Nearest Emergency Rooms 

Psychiatric emergency services are available at:
San Mateo Medical Center
(650) 573-2662
222 West 39th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

Mills-Peninsula Medical Center
(650) 696-5915
1501 Trousdale Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010

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Substance Use 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.

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Rx Opioid Safe

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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[Cannabis] Decoded

As of January 2018, adults 21 or older can now legally use, carry and grow cannabis in the state of California. In a 2016 survey of San Mateo County residents, 20 percent of respondents reported currently using cannabis. One in ten non-users said they would try it if it were legalized while 87 percent expressed concern over youth using marijuana in their communities.  

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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.

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