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MHSARC Governance

General information

Three documents establish the authority and rules by which we operate. These are the California Welfare & Institutions Code §5604, Board of Supervisors Resolution 171051 and our bylaws. We conduct our meetings in accordance with Roberts Rules of Order.

The MHSARC reviews and evaluates the mental health and substance abuse recovery needs of consumers/clients and their families. It advises the Board of Supervisors and the local Behavioral Health Director concerning local mental health and substance abuse programs. It ensures that citizens and professionals are involved at all stages of the planning process. All members also sit on the Mental Health Services Act Steering Committee which the Commission Chair co-chairs. It reviews the Behavioral Health budget, conducts an annual performance audit, actively works to educate the public about mental health and substance abuse recovery to reduce stigma, and makes an annual report to the Board of Supervisors. Members also participate in a variety of community events, task forces, County initiatives and trainings.

The MHSARC meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 3:00 pm, except August when we do not meet. Meetings are usually held at the Health Department, 225 37th Avenue, Room 100, San Mateo. Occasionally meetings are held at other community sites as part of the Board’s outreach efforts. We encourage community members to attend the monthly meetings, which include timely presentations about the array of mental health and substance abuse programs and services provided within the County. Public comments are encouraged and welcomed.

Mental Health & Substance Abuse Recovery Commission Age-Focused Committees The MHSARC has three age-focused committees that meet on the first Wednesday of the month prior to the 3 p.m. Board meeting. The meetings are open to the public and participants usually consist of: the Mental Health Manager for the particular age group, MHSARC board members, various service agency representatives, providers, and interested community members. These committees make occasional site visits to different locations and mental health and substance abuse programs throughout the County. During these visits, committee members meet with staff, and when possible, clients and family members to engage in meaningful, informative dialogue. This is one of the ways of promoting the County’s commitment to providing excellence in delivery of care.

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