Skip to main content Skip to site navigation

July 2018

Wellness Matters Newsletter

Related Content

Article Lauren Mascarenhas, Communications Coordinator

Starting Over with Assisted Outpatient Treatment

In his late twenties and early thirties Miles lived part of his life on the streets, cycling through shelters, hospitals and court rooms. Years of intense drug use, which started at the young age of 11, had taken its toll on his body and mind, leaving him feeling clouded and lost.

Article David A. Young, PhD, MPH, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Director

From David’s Desk

As healthcare professionals dedicated to preventing and treating mental health and substance use conditions, we have strong concerns with the policy of separating children from their parents or caregivers as they attempt to seek asylum in the United States. There are more humane methods for detaining families that may have entered the country unlawfully, but under international and U.S. law, have a right to due process in obtaining asylum.

Article Briana Evans, Senior Community Health Planner

Pride Celebrates Inclusion and Solidarity
6th Annual San Mateo County Pride Celebration

Community members, community-based organizations and BHRS staff gathered on Saturday, June 16 to celebrate LGBTQ+ wellness, inclusion and visibility. Hosted by the BHRS PRIDE Initiative, San Mateo County’s sixth annual Pride celebration was warm in all senses of the word. Around 800 people gathered in the sunshine to bask in a welcoming, accepting atmosphere.

Article Sylvia Tang, Community Health Planner

Bridging Communities to Wellness
Mental Health Awareness Month Aims to Reduce Stigma

This May, San Mateo County celebrated Mental Health Awareness Month with the theme, “Bridging Communities to Wellness.” We wanted to recognize the importance of building connections within and between communities toward wellness and recovery, regardless of who we are or where we live in the county. It was encouraging to see the level of engagement across the county, particularly among marginalized communities.

Article Doris Estremera, Mental Health Services Act Manager

Mental Health Services Act Update
Prop 63

Assembly Bill (AB) 114 Update

Most MHSA funding must be spent within three years or counties are required to return unspent funds to the State of California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). AB 114 legislation allowed Counties to submit a plan by July 1, 2018 for spending their respective funds that were subject to reversion since the inception of MHSA. A total of $4,256,155 was determined reverted as of July 1, 2017 and reallocated back to San Mateo County for AB 114 planning.

Article Frances Lobos, Parent Project® Coordinator

Caregivers Reconnect and Reflect at Parent Project® Reunion
Supporting strong and healthy families

On Saturday, June 9th, the Office of Diversity & Equity hosted the 5th annual Parent Project® Reunion, with live music, great food and heartfelt testimonies. The yearly event celebrates participants and graduates of the Parent Project®, a 12-week class that gives parents, grandparents, and caregivers the tools to build strong and healthy families.


More News

Cordilleras Replacement Begins to Take Shape 

The San Mateo Daily Journal covers the Cordilleras Mental Health Center renovation, which will include specialized mental health treatment, expanded facilities and additional recreation opportunities. 

Lee Harrison – National Certified Peer Specialist

BHRS’ Lee Harrison, Consumer and Family Liaison in the Office of Consumer and Family Affairs, recently became Mental Health America’s 39th National Certified Peer Specialist.

Theatre of the Oppressed 

During Mental Health Awareness Month, the BHRS Community Health Promotion unit hosted a Theatre of the Oppressed workshop, using art to build awareness around the root causes of health disparities.

BHRS Spreads Awareness at San Mateo County Fair

Amid ferris wheels and cotton candy at this year’s county fair, sat some of our dedicated BHRS staff, spreading mental health awareness to the San Mateo County community.