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San Mateo County Celebrates National Recovery Month
Community support essential for recovery from substance use, mental health issues


Now in its 27th year, Recovery Month celebrates local residents who have reclaimed their lives through recovery from substance use and mental health issues and honors the healthcare providers who make recovery possible.

Recovery Month raises awareness that recovery is possible and that the community plays an important role in helping people with substance use and/or mental health conditions to live healthy and rewarding lives.

This year’s theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Our Families, Our Stories, Our Recovery,” highlights the value of peer support by educating, mentoring, and helping others. It encourages people in recovery and their support systems to be change agents in their communities, and encourages everyone to spread the word about preventing, treating, and recovering from substance use and mental health conditions.

Events throughout September will bring together more than two dozen community organizations, local businesses, San Mateo County Health System’s Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, and over 500 people in the recovery community.

All events are open to the public and free unless noted otherwise below.

September 1-30
Recovery Art Show
400 County Center, Caldwell Memorial Art Gallery, Redwood City

September 6, 7:30 am – 11:00 am 
Kickoff Breakfast, 7:30 am
Bridges Program, 680 Warren Street, Redwood City


  • Stephen Kaplan, Director, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services
  • Judge Richard Livermore, San Mateo County Superior Court
  • John Keene, Chief Probation Officer, San Mateo County

The Philomena Walk of Hope, 8:45 am
March from Bridges Program, 680 Warren Street to 400 County Center

Proclamation, 9:00 am
Hall of Justice Board Chambers, 400 County Center, Redwood City


  • Stephen Kaplan, Director, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services
  • Barbara Correia, Clinical Supervisor, El Centro de Libertad
  • Laura Moore, family member of a person in recovery
  • Janice Fernandez, local resident in recovery

Learn and Connect Resource Fair, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Courtyard, 400 County Center, Redwood City

September 20, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Annual Recovery Happens Picnic
Central Park, 50 E 5th Street, San Mateo
Resource fair, activities, raffle prizes, proclamation reading, and more

  • Carlos Morales, Interim Director, Correctional Health Services
  • Mario Bandes, Program Director, HealthRight 360
  • Rev. Mary Frazier, Bread of Life Worship Center

September 13, 12:15 – 1:30 pm
Suicide Prevention Among Older Adult Provider Training

San Mateo County Health System, 225 W. 37th Ave, Room 100, San Mateo

For providers, community partners and community members serving older adults

September 24, 5:00 pm – midnight

Film Screening: The Anonymous People

Recovery Dance (tickets $5)
Free At Last, 1796 Bay Road, East Palo Alto

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