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March 2018

Wellness Matters Newsletter

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

From David’s Desk

I began writing this column early in February, intending to focus on Black History Month and to highlight a few countywide events and activities. Then the shootings occurred in Parkland, and the world’s attention turned to yet another gun violence tragedy.

Article Pernille Gutschick, Clinical Services Manager

SMART-er over time
San Mateo Assessment and Referral Team

Implemented in 2005, the San Mateo Assessment and Referral Team (SMART) program is the first and only of its kind in California.

Developed in collaboration between multiple agencies as a community resource, the program is funded in part by Measure K and the Mental Health Services Act. There are currently two SMART vans covering the county from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Article Narges Dillon, Brenda Nunez and Islam Hassanein, StarVistaNancy Chen, Office of Diversity and Equity

Empowering Youth to be Change Agents
Health Ambassador Youth Program

The Health Ambassador Program for Youth (HAP-Y) is an innovative and community-developed program delivered by StarVista. It is designed for youth ages 16 to 24 who are interested in advocating for communities that have been touched by mental health challenges, raising awareness about mental wellness and increasing access to mental health services.

Article Betty Gallardo, Supervising Mental Health Clinician

Delivering Clients the Right Level of Care
Collaborative Care Team

The Collaborative Care Team (CCT) launched in March 2016 as a Health System collaboration between BHRS, the San Mateo Medical Center (SMMC) and Aging and Adult Services (AAS). It sprang from a need to increase client flow throughout the system’s various levels of care, and prevent clients from becoming “stuck” in an inappropriate or higher level of care than needed, including the SMMC inpatient psychiatric unit and other acute care settings.

Article Doris Estremera, Mental Health Services Act Manager

Mental Health Services Act Update
Prop 63

New MHSA Innovations (INN) Funding Cycle

The Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) INN component allows counties to fund projects which develop new best practices in behavioral health.  Planning for INN projects is tied to the MHSA three-year planning process. The most recent MHSA needs assessment engaged over 400 diverse stakeholders including clients/consumers and family members, youth, parents, community-based agency representatives, isolated and higher need communities, MHSA-funded programs and the MHSA Steering Committee.

Article Doris Estremera, Mental Health Services Act Manager

Cultural Humility, Equity & Inclusion
An Inclusive Approach

BHRS has long been committed to strategies that embrace diversity, improve the quality of services and eliminate inequities and barriers to care for marginalized cultural and ethnic communities. From our core values to our culturally competent services and programs, San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services continues to be a pioneer in the field of behavioral health equity, cultural humility and inclusion.

Article Doris Estremera, Mental Health Services Act Manager

Workforce Education & Training Impact Study
MHSA's 10 year funding comes to a close

The Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) has provided dedicated funding to transform behavioral health systems and improve the quality of life for individuals living with behavioral health conditions. Workforce Education and Training (WET) strategies received a one-time $3,437,600 funding allocation in Fiscal Years 2006 to 2008, with a ten-year timeframe to expend the allocated funds. With MHSA WET funding ending in 2018, BHRS is preparing to sustain the most effective and impactful elements of these investments.


Events, Trainings, Announcements & More


Take the San Mateo County youth marijuana survey

Tell us what you think! BHRS’ Community Health Promotion Unit and the San Mateo County Youth Commission are conducting a survey to understand marijuana knowledge, attitudes and behavior among youth and young adults. The survey is open to 12-25 year olds who live, work, and/or go to school in San Mateo County, until the end of March.