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					                        Wellness Matters
                        An E-Journal of San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services

                                                                                         May 2008


                             Evolving Systems of Care for People with
     In This Issue:          Developmental Disabilities
                                      By Louise Rogers, Director, BHRS, Luna Calderon, LCSW, Stephen
                                                                                Kaplan, Director, AOD
From the                 3


                             T
Director’s Desk                      here’s been a significant          the State in small scale homes that
                                     change occurring within the        have been purchased and renovated
                                     developmental disability (dd)      across the Bay Area for people who
                             community over the last five years that    formally resided in the Agnews
Q-Tip for Quality        3   will have a far-reaching impact on San     Center. A number of these homes have
♦   Don’t Read
                             Mateo County’s health and behavioral       been designed to include substantial
    Between the Lines
                             health service delivery systems. It is     in-home supports for people who
                             important that we all understand the       could not live independently without
                             changing context of service delivery       them. In another model, caregivers live
Employee News            4   for people who have developmental          next door.
♦   Welcomes, Good           disabilities, many of whom have co-        Staff from the Health Plan of San
    Byes, Thank Yous,        occurring mental health diagnoses.         Mateo, the Health Department
    Acknowledgments          Five years ago, the State set in motion    including Aging and Adult Services
                             a plan to close Agnews Developmental       and Behavioral Health and Recovery
Education and                Center in San Jose, a first step in a      Services, and San Mateo Medical
                             long term effort to assure that people
Training                                                                Center have been working very closely
♦ Preparing for              with developmental disabilities live in
                         2                                              with Golden Gate Regional Center to
  Pandemic                   the least restrictive settings possible.   understand who will be relocating and
  Influenza                  After Agnews closes on June 30th of        what services and supports are
♦ The PRIDE                  this year, there will be four              necessary to respond to their wide
                         5   developmental centers left in
  Initiative                                                            array of needs. What began as a fairly
♦ LGBTQ Support              California, but there is an expectation    fragmented process has evolved into a
  Group
                         5   that these may also be reduced over        very strong collaboration. While these
                             time. Since the planning began, more       systems have served this population to
News Quickies                than 150 residents of the Agnews           some degree for many years ( BHRS
♦ Pathways Program           program have been moved into the           identified more than 400 clients with
  Celebrates Success         community, and 160 more will move          co-occurring diagnoses open to both
♦ Senior Peer                by the end of June. Roughly 40 of          the mental health system and GGRC),
  Counseling                 these are expected to live in San Mateo    there is acknowledgement that the
  Program                    County. The vast majority of these         people leaving Agnews have very
♦ AFSCME                     adults have lived at Agnews                specialized needs that are
  Behavioral Health          Developmental Center for more than         insufficiently served by the current
  News                       20 years, and moving represents a life-    array of resources available in our
♦ eCC Project Team           changing event for them and their          current systems.       The response
  Additions                  loved ones.                                includes several short and long-term
                             The change has been accompanied by         components:
                             an $85 million dollar investment by
                                                                                               (Continued on page 2)
(Continued from page 1)                              Most of the Golden Gate Regional Center clients are Medi-
♦ The San Mateo Medical Center has taken the Cal beneficiaries. The Medi-Cal program operates with
  lead in planning for a “medical home” for these medical necessity criteria that help us determine where
  clients in the northern part of the county that services should be provided and where billing for services
  will be able to respond as a specialty primary should be directed. It is important for mental health
  care provider for these clients. There is clinicians serving clients with developmental disabilities to re-
  consensus that having a strong medical home is review the medical necessity criteria, because some
                                                   developmental diagnoses, such as pervasive developmental
  a critical foundation for serving people with
                                                   disorder, are included in the medical necessity criteria for
  developmental disorders effectively.             specialty mental health services. However, many other
♦ In partnership with San Mateo Medical Center, developmental disorders are excluded and are billed
  BHRS has taken the lead in planning a small differently. A single included diagnosis is sufficient to meet
  specialty dd-behavioral health service that will medical necessity criteria, i.e. clients who have co-occurring
  be co-located with the new medical home and conditions. When BHRS staff provides services other than an
  will offer evaluations, medication support, and assessment to someone whose diagnoses are entirely excluded
  behavioral consultation.                         it is important to report this information to Doreen Avery
                                                   650-573-2284 so that billing will be directed correctly. See the
♦ BHRS has also organized a multi-disciplinary documentation manual (http://sanmateo.networkofcare.org/
  case conference process targeting children and contentFiles/DocumentationManual07071.pdf) for more
  youth.      While the focus of the Agnews information about medical necessity.
  transition has been adults, we have learned that
  GGRC has experienced a significant increase in the caseload of children and youth. These concerns have been
  echoed by BHRS staff indicated in a staff survey that increased training and consultation in this area would be
  helpful. The case conference is open to anyone and has been a helpful source of education and consultative
  problem-solving using actual examples. Contact Luna Calderon at 650-301-8856 to schedule a case.


                           Bike to                         Save the Date!
                          Work Day                Preparing for Pandemic Influenza
                             is                               Training
                           May 15!               At this training, lead by Dr. Celia Moreno, participants will:
                                                 ♦ Learn the differences between seasonal flu and pandemic flu.
May is National Bicycle Month and in             ♦ Be able to discuss how BHRS essential services may be
honor of that, Thursday, May 15th is the             provided during a pandemic flu epidemic.
Bay Area’s annual Bike to Work Day. The          ♦ Be able to discuss how to better prepare for a pandemic.
event is coordinated by the Bay Area
Bicycle Coalition and the Peninsula Traffic           This training is offered on 3 dates & locations for your
Congestion Relief Alliance. Other activities                                convenience:
include the Team Bike Challenge and the          Thursday, May 29th, 2008 @ the Belmont Sports Complex, 550
Bike Commuter of the Year Award, which           Island Parkway Belmont, 12:00-1:30 P.M.
honors a resident from each county who is        Friday, June 6th, 2008 @ the Foster City Library, Wind Room,
committed to making every day a “bike to         1000 E. Hillsdale Blvd, Foster City, 12:00-1:30 P.M.
work day.”
                                                 Thursday, June 12th @ the Albert Teglia Community Center, 285
For more information, go to: http://             Abbot Avenue, Daly City, 12:00-1:30 P.M.
www.bayareabikes.org/btwd/index.php
and http://www.commute.org                              Please RSVP for ONE of these trainings by calling
                                                                             650-573-2541.
                                                           This training is for BHRS staff and contractors.
                                                           CEUs will be offered. Please bring your lunch.
                                                  For more information, contact Michelle Thayer at 650-573-2798 or
                                                                    mthayer@co.sanmateo.ca.us

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From the Director’s Desk - Louise Rogers
While the rest of the world greets May as the harbinger of summer, California’s public sector knows May will
bring the “May Revise” or the Governor’s revised budget proposal. This year, however, the May Revise may not
be much revised. We continue to expect the same significant budget impacts that were reported in January. In an
unprecedented shift, the State’s delays in paying counties and proposed rate reductions have led Riverside, Glenn
and Shasta counties to notify the State that they intend to cease contracting with the State to provide Medi-Cal
specialty mental health services. San Mateo hasn’t reached that point, but we are very concerned about the State’s
delays in paying us for services provided in past years as well as the proposed rate reductions. Locally, Behavioral
Health and Recovery Services’ most significant expected reductions will be felt in the alcohol and drug services
provided through Proposition 36; reductions in many non-direct services contracts; and more than 20 frozen
County positions.
These challenges will not prevent us from proceeding with important work on behalf of the clients and families we
serve. Each day, new opportunities surface to improve our system of care as a result of the consolidation of drug
and alcohol and mental health services. We continue to be reminded that the Mental Health Services Act provides
an opportunity where many others in the public sector have none. This year, after planning this spring and summer,
we will be able to launch prevention and early intervention services, education and training, and substantial support
for the new E-Clinical Care system. Our housing planning is well underway. We continue to be able to support
substantial change efforts such as culturally focused and co-occurring disorders initiatives. We have benefited from
a rich conversation through the Labor-Management process about overcoming the challenges experienced by the
members of our workforce. Many thanks to all of you who have carved out time to make each of these initiatives
meaningful—we are making progress




            Q TIP FOR QUALITY:                                    Recovery Arts Program Highlights
        Don’t Read Between the Lines!                                  a Pathway to Wellness
              By Holly Severson, R.N., M.S.N.                    The California Institute of
                                                                 Mental Health, in partnership
Client charts are legal documents, and as such, must be          with the California Mental
created and maintained in ways that uphold their integrity.      Health Directors Association
This means that whether you are using the computer to write      recently presented a gallery of
your progress notes and print out a hard copy, or are writing    art work from the Recovery
your progress notes by hand, you should never leave blank        Arts Program in California.
spaces in between progress notes. In other words, when you       The art work, done by people
add a progress note beneath another one, be sure that you do     in art-recovery programs across
not leave any blank lines. If you do find any blank lines        the state, displays examples of
between adjacent progress notes, be sure to cross out that       art as a pathway to wellness. You can view the
area, so no one could later make any additions there.            gallery online by going to: http://www.cimh.org/
                                                                 Services/SpecialProjects/RecoveryArtsProgram/
If you have the need to add, amend or correct anything in the    tabid/165/Default.aspx
client chart, you should date and initial any additions that
you make. If you are correcting an error, you should simply      The gallery welcomes submissions from art-recovery
draw one line through the materials to be changed, write         programs throughout California. All age groups are
                                                                 welcome, and art that depicts cultural diversity,
“error” and initial and date next to the crossed out material.
                                                                 explores disability themes, and promotes social
Never, ever use white out or attempt to obliterate any
                                                                 change in mental health are encouraged. For more
information in a client chart.                                   information, contact Alice Washington at 916-556-
By following these and other simple rules, you will help         3480 ext. 139 or by email at awashington@cimh.org
maintain the integrity of client charts.


MAY 2008                                                                                                    PAGE 3
                 Employee News
                     Welcome                                                  Congratulations
Welcome to Matt Boyle, who has joined AOD as a Case            Canyon Oaks Youth Center (COYC) sends congratulations
Management/Assessment Specialist II.                           to Yunetta Yeargin for her promotion to Residential
Jessica Shaffer has joined the M.I.S. Unit as a Medical        Counselor II and to Sandra Peterson for being awarded
Office Assistant. She will be assisting with the transition    the COYC staff recognition award for the month of
to the new eClinical Care system.                              March.
Marian Sanchez, MFT has been hired to work for the             Congratulations to Kimberly Kang, LCSW of the Youth
Child Welfare Mental Health Team as a Spanish                  Services Campus who got married in France.
speaking clinician.                                            Chauncey Chatman passed the State of California's
Jenifer Greenberg has joined the TDS team as a                 Marriage and Family Therapist license examination and is
Residential Counselor.                                         now a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
                                                               Bob Stein has been promoted to Management Analyst III.
         Good Bye and Good Luck                                Congratulations to Kelly Lambert (North County Mental
Josie      Garcia                                              Health), Elida Oettel (Family Resource Centers) and Gail
(pictured     third                                            Aguirre (Therapeutic Day Treatment)! They have all
from the left),                                                passed the one-year certification process to lead TPS
who spent time as                                              (Teaching Pro-Social Skills) Groups. The department has
the      Office                                                trained approximately 25 clinicians and 8 supervisors to
Specialist in the                                              implement this evidence-based practice for high-risk youth.
Program Office                                                 We look forward to having many more certified
and with the Contracts Unit, said goodbye to BHRS in           practitioners in the year to come. If you have any
April. (From the left: Michelle Thayer, Rosa Tapia, Josie      questions regarding TPS, please feel free to contact Luna
Garcia, Jei Africa, Leafa Taumoepeau, in the back: Justin      Calderon (650-301-8656) or Elida Oettel (650-363-4535)
Wong & Rod Bean)                                               Keith Clausen, Ph.D. has accepted the position of Quality
                                                               Improvement Manager. He was formerly the Quality
         Consumers in the News                                 Improvement Supervisor. Congratulations to Keith!

Kathleen Bernard, a consumer
member of our Mental Health
Board since December 2007, was
recently      highlighted in the
Pacifica Tribune.       The article,
“Shedding Light on Mental
Illness,” recounts Kathleen’s                                        SAVE THE DATE!
struggles with mental illness and
learning to cope with her illness. She has become an
                                                                  BHRS Staff Appreciation
active advocate for people with mental illness, she does          Picnic! Join us for food,
outreach, and provides information and resources to help
people that are struggling. In the article, she says: “If my          fun, and games!
story can help one person understand how devastating
mental illness is, if my humiliation can save one person's
                                                                   When: Wednesday, June 25, 2007
life in getting help, then it's worth it. It's nothing to be          Time: 12:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M
ashamed of. The stigma is very big, but it's an illness and
not a curse. It can be treated.”                                     Where: Washington Park, 850
You can read Kathleen’s whole story by going to:                     Burlingame Ave, Burlingame
http://www.pacificatribune.com/localnews/ci_8852144

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                     Education & Training
                San Mateo County                              Adapting the Supervisor’s Learning
               Mental Health Board                           Styles and Personality Type to Clinical
 The San Mateo County Mental Health Board meets the
                                                                          Supervision
                                                             In this course supervisors will identify their learning styles
     first Wednesday of each month from 3-5 P.M.
                                                             and personality type and explore how to adapt them to the
              The next meeting will be held:                 varied tasks of clinical supervision including performing
                  May 7, 2008, 3-5 P.M.                      learning assessments, development learning goals,
            San Mateo County Health Department               teaching clinical skills, integrating theory into formulations
            225 37th Ave, Room 100, San Mateo                and intervention plans and handling difficult supervisory
                                                             situations.
          On the Agenda for May’s MHB Meeting:
         Tony Hoffman Community Service Awards                               Time: 8:30 A.M. to 4 P.M.
           Meetings are open to the public.                                When: Thursday, May 8th
        Questions? Please call 650-573-2544                      Where: Silicon Valley Community Foundation,
  For more information about the San Mateo County             Imagination Room, 1700 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo
Mental Health Board, visit: http://www.smhealth.org/mh         For: Staff who provide clinical supervision or plan on
                                                              becoming an intern/trainee supervisor in the near future.
                                                              This training will meet the 6 hour CEU requirement for
                           LGBTQ Support                      Supervisors to be able to supervise Interns & Trainees.
                              Group                                       RSVP by calling: 650-573-2541

If you are between the ages of 16-25, come check out the
   Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer support               Psychiatric Grand Rounds
   group. Key issues that are talked about: self-esteem,        The Psychiatric Grand Rounds Calendar is now
  friends, relationships, identity, sex & intimacy, family       online! Go to: http://www.smhealth.org/mh
                  issues, school and work.                           If you have questions, please contact
  When: Every first & third Monday of the month                           Essie Silva at 650-573-2530
Where: The Drop Inn Center, 841 San Bruno Ave, Suite
                 1, San Bruno, CA
                                                                                  The PRIDE Initiative
                Time: 2 P.M. to 3 P.M.
  For more information, contact Katherine Patterson at
                                                                                   Presents: Daddy &
    415-375-7639 or at KPatterson@edgewood.org                                           Papa
                                                             The PRIDE Initiative, formerly known as the GLBTQQ
"KNOW YOUR RIGHTS" Pocket Cards                              Planning Committee, would like to invite you to join us for
       are Now Available!                                    a screening of Daddy & Papa. Come meet filmmaker/
                                                             producer Johnny Symons and network with other
Pocket cards explaining Immigrants’ Rights are available     providers. CEUs will be offered.
in Chinese, Tagalog, Tongan and Spanish.                     The screening will take place:
If you wish to learn more on how to use these cards,                         When: Tuesday, May 20th
please attend the Cultural Competence Committee
meeting on May 2nd, from 12-1:30 pm at the Youth                           Time: 11:30 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
Services Campus. Sheryl Munoz-Bergman from the                    Where: 225 37th Avenue, Room 100, San Mateo
International Institute will be speaking about the context                     RSVP by: May 9
of these cards and how to appropriately use them.
                                                             For more information, to join the PRIDE Initiative, or
For more information, please contact Jei Africa at            to RSVP for this event contact Victoria Valencia at
jafrica@co.sanmateo.ca.us.                                   650-839-1810 x 236 or VValencia@co.sanmateo.ca.us

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           WHAT’S GOING ON?! NEWS QUICKIES
                           Pathways Program Celebrates Success!
The Pathways Program, which is a program that provides services for clients with serious mental illness and are
involved with the criminal justice system of San Mateo County, had a celebration to recognize three of their clients in
court on Friday, April 18th. These clients were admitted into the Pathways Program over a year ago, while incarcerated,
and left jail to enter Project 90’s residential treatment facility. The Honorable Judge Forcum acknowledged these
gentlemen by presenting them with certificates of achievement for the success they’ve made in spite of adversities and
for maintaining 1 year of sobriety. One client stated that in order to maintain his wellness in recovery, he “must keep his
mental health and recovery side by side.”


                                                  Housing Plus
Housing Plus is a unique program that blends rental assistance with case management services. It is funded by the San
Mateo County Department of Housing with continuing grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Development. The Housing Authority has entered in to a Memorandum of Understanding with Alcohol and Other Drug
Services (AOD) to provide case management for clients receiving this subsidy. The program is limited to the inside
boundaries of the County and is currently serving 26 individuals and families.
Case Managers try to provide the support that clients need to help them maintain their residence, and clients are required to
have regular contact with their case managers in order to continue their rental subsidy eligibility. Case Managers understand
that substance abuse is a continuing and relapsing disease. They work with clients in relapse whenever it is possible. There
is no time limit to this assistance; it is not limited to a certain number of years.
Clients never pay more than 30% of their household income for monthly rent and energy (usually PG&E) bills; the Housing
Authority pays the rest. Vouchers are community based, meaning that the client can rent from any landlord that is willing to
accept the subsidy. Typically clients find units in moderate income neighborhoods.
Client eligibility is determined by three criteria: homelessness, substance abuse history, and a long-term significant
disability. Any staff member can make a referral to the Housing Plus program by filling out a referral form and sending it to
AOD. First time referents should probably contact AOD staff prior to filling out the referral form. Referrals are currently
being accepted. For more information, or a referral form please contact Mark Korwald, 650-802-6426
mkorwald@co.sanmateo.ca.us or Travis Sweeney, 650-802-6552, tsweeney@co.sanmateo.ca.us


           The Senior Peer Counseling Program Has Been Expanded!
Family Service Agency of San Mateo County, a non-profit dedicated to helping struggling children, families and seniors
improve their lives, has been awarded the contract from San Mateo County’s Behavioral Health and Recovery Services
Division to administer volunteer senior peer counseling to county older adults. Funded through the Mental Health
Services Act, the non-profit’s newly launched Senior Peer Counseling Program will train volunteers to provide free one-
on-one and group peer counseling to older adults in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Tagalog, and to the
Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) community. The program aims to improve the ability of ethnically and
culturally diverse older adults in San Mateo County to live in community-based settings and to help them enjoy the
highest possible quality of life.
Administered under Family Service’s Senior Services Program, the Senior Peer Counseling Program has inherited and
will expand upon an existing twenty-year-old county program that offered the same services in English and Spanish,
with the Spanish component called La Esperanza Vive.
Volunteer peer counselors complete an extensive nine week training session before they are matched with seniors
seeking counseling. To volunteer, call Howard Lader, Program Manager, at 650-573-2716.
To qualify for free counseling via the Senior Peer Counseling Program, older adults must reside in San Mateo County.
Those seeking counseling may call 650-573-2716. Family Service aims to serve at least 170 older adults through the
program by June 30th, 2009.

MAY 2008                                                                                                           PAGE 6
                           eClinical Care Project Team Additions
                The eClinical Care project team is growing. In May, Jorge Montoya, formerly a Patient Services Assistant
                at Central County, will move into his new position as the Administrative Implementation Analyst. In June,
                Ingall Bull, LCSW, formerly a clinician with Serramonte Therapeutic Day School, will join the team as the
                Clinical Implementation Analyst. They will be working closely with other members of the eClinical Care
                implementation team, administrative and clinical managers, and the Quality Improvement staff to improve
current workflow processes and develop new ones.
Ingall and Jorge will be intimately involved in the design and testing of the new eClinical Care System, as well as training
and coaching administrative and clinical users. Because of their extensive experience within the county, they are sensitive
to the types of challenges staff face in their daily work.
                                                     Workgroups Starting
Much of the work to design the look and content of eClinical Care will be done by workgroups of BHRS line staff,
supervisors, and managers. Each workgroup is assigned a specific subject area to work on. Examples of subject areas
include: clinical, medical, billing, and claiming. In April, the workgroup leaders met to begin the next phase of planning
prior to the planned pilot rollout of the system in mid-2009.
The workgroups and project team will focus on analyzing existing workflows and forms and identifying areas that can be
improved and streamlined. They will also identify areas where the new system can enhance our services and aid clinical
staff in providing “best practice” services to our consumers.
The workgroups and project team will work closely with staff throughout the county to get input from BHRS sites as they
translate current processes and workflows and develop new ones. They are excited about the continuing collaboration
throughout BHRS to ensure that the new eClinical Care system is both user friendly and relevant to our practices.
To find out more about the project, contact Lorrie Sheets (lsheets@co.sanmateo.ca.us or 650-573-2213). The project has a
monthly status meeting that is open to anyone interested in learning about the project. The next meeting is Wednesday,
May 14, at 8:30 a.m. at 2000 Alameda, conference room 201.


                                              We Are Enrolled!
In March, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) held its first annual Spring Health
Insurance Enrollment Event for clients of all ages in partnership with the Human Services Agency
and the Children’s Health Initiative at the three main BHRS clinic sites in Daly City, San Mateo
and Redwood City. The goals of the events were to enroll currently uninsured clients into one of
the many available public health insurance programs and to increase the awareness among BHRS
staff of the availability of public health insurance coverage for our clients.
With costs rising for basic living expenses, such as gasoline and food, as well as the current
housing crisis, offering affordable health insurance has become even more crucial than in the past.
Many children and young adults are not receiving necessary medical attention to address
preventable health risks such as childhood obesity, respiratory, and heart disease because of their
parents’ fear to accrue additional medical bills they can not pay. Even clients who have coverage
through a basic private insurance plan offered by their current or past employer might benefit
from Medi-Cal enrollment, as do those adults who might have linkage through their minor
children. Undocumented residents can benefit from restricted coverage and feel secure in doing so
because Medi-Cal does not exchange personal data with the IRS or immigration authorities to Lucianne Latu,
expedite deportation.                                                                               BHRS, at the event
                                                                                                      registration desk.
Altogether a dozen BHRS clients took advantage of the events and signed up for Medi-Cal,
Healthy Families and San Mateo’s Access & Care for Everyone (ACE) program. In addition, they were also screened for
food stamp benefits.
So what can you do when you encounter an uninsured client now that the enrollment events are over? Talk to your
client about the advantages of having health insurance coverage. If your client would like to sign up for a health
insurance program, but doesn’t know how, just refer her/him to your mental health clinic’s front desk or to Stefan
Luesse, Manager for Health Insurance Outreach & Coordination, at: 650-573-3502, to
schedule an individual and confidential sign-up appointment. It’s that easy!            Submitted by: Stefan Luesse

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                              AOD Prevention in East Palo Alto
On April 1, 2008 over 100 East Palo Alto (EPA) community members and
agency representatives joined together to voice their concerns and identify
issues related to alcohol and other drug use and abuse. Dr. Faye McNair-
Knox, Executive Director of the non-profit organization One East Palo Alto
(OEPA), opened up the evening stating, “Attention to the issues of alcohol
and other drugs in EPA is long overdue.” This neighborhood event was
coordinated and hosted by OEPA, the lead agency on a community
collaborative effort to prevent Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD)–related
problems in EPA. In addition to community members, many agencies and organizations were represented, including the
EPA Police Department, Ravenswood Family Health Center and County departments such as the Health Department,
the Human Services Agency, San Mateo County Probation, and the office of Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson.
This community forum is a first step in a planning initiative funded by San Mateo County’s Alcohol and Other Drug
Services. OEPA is the lead agency in the planning effort in collaboration with local partnering agencies which include
Free at Last, Bay Area Community Resources/New Perspectives, El Concilio of San Mateo County, San Mateo County
Probation, and members of the EPA Faith Community. Partnering agencies convened focus groups based on the four
priority populations identified in the County of San Mateo, AOD Strategic Directions 2010. Themes that resulted from
these focus groups include: Lack of job opportunities, adequate housing, easy access, and limited resources, are just a
few of many concerns expressed.
The community needs assessment is just one component in the planning phase which will lead to development of a
community AOD Prevention Implementation Plan. The Plan will utilize data specific to the EPA community to identify
and prioritize problem areas and effective prevention strategies to address these problems at the local level.
Thank you OEPA and partnering agencies for a wonderful event that got people excited about the issues of AOD,
encouraged them to get involved, and provided a safe place for discussion.


                              AFSCME Behavioral Health News
The Labor Management Committee continues to meet about every 6 weeks to discuss a variety of issues including
training, workloads, and security. One of the recent areas of focus has been the recent move of some staff to the
Alameda de las Pulgas. Danielle Lacampagne (union steward), Sharon McAleavey (AFSCME Business Agent) and
management representatives are meeting on an ongoing basis to discuss issues which have arisen.
We are looking for union members from adult teams, the South County Clinic and the Alameda Building to join us.
We'd like to hear from you if you want more information or want to participate.
Please contact Sharon McAleavey, Business Agent at 650-588-6112 ext 14.



                May is Mental                                         Coastside Consumer
                Health Month!                                             Resources
                                                             The Coastside Mental Health Clinic hosts the
                                                             following groups for consumers:
                                                                 Mondays - 3:30 - 4:30: Wellness in Recovery
Mental Health Month is celebrated to
raise awareness about mental illnesses                                              Group.
and the importance of mental wellness                              Tuesdays - 1:00 - 3:00: Drop in Group.
for all.                                                       Wednesdays -1:00 - 4:00: Arts and Crafts Group.
To learn more about Mental Health                                    Fridays - 2:00: Movies and popcorn.
Month and find information and                               Planning is underway to join with Pyramid and El
resources on staying well, visit http://                     Centro to have future groups that will address
www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/may                           substance abuse and mental illness.

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                      Sightings                                  Central County’s April Displays
                                                                Cesar Chavez Day &
                                                                 Dr. Martin Luther
                                                                King Jr. Anniversary
                                                               Acknowledgment
                                                               displays for Cesar
                                                               Chavez Day and Dr.
                                                               Martin Luther King Jr.
                                                               Anniversary were built
                                                               in the lobby of the
                                                               Central County Mental
                                                               Health clinic. Clients
Members of the Cultural Competence Committee (CCC)             learned about the
pose after a half-day of brainstorming and goals setting       legacy of these two
activity on April 11, 2008 at the Silicon Valley               very      important
Community Foundation. The CCC is co-chaired by Jei             individuals who made
Africa (front far right) and Regina Moreno (front far left).   positive contributions
                                                               in our society for
                                                               disenfranchised
Luci Latu, BHRS,                                               communities.
(left) and Patsy
Tito,     Samoan                                                      Earth Day
Community                                                      Central County Mental
Development                                                    Health celebrated Earth
Center     (right),                                            Day throughout the month of April by presenting a display
pose for a picture                                             titled: "Planet Earth, Planeta Tierra." The cultural
during the Pacific                                             competence committee at Central County Mental Health
Islander Training                                              presented a beautiful and educational display for clients
that was held on                                               and staff. The educational materials in our display
April 18.                                                      encouraged everyone to take action on the conservation of
                                                               our planet. "How Can You Help" was an educational piece
                                                               which provided information on how to conserve energy,
                                  April Display at YSC-        recycle, and stop junk mail. In addition the BBC video,
                                  Behavioral Health and        “Planet Earth,” was played for everyone's enjoyment.
                                  Recovery Services
                                  Unit. The theme was          We want to thank Fusun Teregul, MSW Intern for her
                                  "Rites of Spring" and        valuable contributions to our displays and wish her good
                                  staff    contributed         luck after graduation! For more information about past and
                                  personal items which         future displays contact Hector Moncada, MSW at 650-573-
                                  symbolized the coming        2229 or HMoncada@co.sanmateo.ca.us
                                  of Spring to each of
                                  them.


                     SAY CHEESE!
Send pictures of your meetings,
events, trainings, “sightings,” etc. to
Michelle            Thayer          at
mthayer@co.sanmateo.ca.us.          Be
sure to include a caption that
includes the names of those in the
photo, what the event was, and when the event took place.



MAY 2008                                                                                                        PAGE 9
                                                 Recognition for the Network of Care

                                                                        The Network of Care, which now
               The Central County &                                     includes over 375 individual
               20th Avenue Mental                                       websites, including San Mateo
                                                                        County, covering 20 states and is
               Health Clinics have a                                    now being considered in other
                    new home!                                           countries around the world, has
                                                                        been named as a finalist for the
The following programs are now located at                               internationally recognized
 1950 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo:         Stockholm Challenge. The Stockholm Challenge is a
                                                prestigious international award that has been dubbed the
           Central County Adult Team            Nobel Prize for technology solutions addressing public
          Central County Youth Team             need.
            Youth Case Management
         Youth to Adult Transition Team         The Network of Care is a web portal that provides
               The ACCESS Team                  consumers, families and social service providers with
     Office of Consumer and Family Affairs      localized resources, a dynamic health library and a secure
                                                consumer-centered Personal Health Record. This site is
 The following programs are now located         designed to provide “no wrong door” to those looking for
 2000 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo:         information to help them manage their lives and
   Pre-t0-Three Mental Health Team, Partners,   conditions. Over the past seven years the Network of
 Child Welfare, Adult Resources Management, &   Care has expanded to cover a greater number of topics
                     OASIS                      such as Public Health, Probation Services, Domestic
                                                Violence, Developmental Disabilities and coming soon
 All of the phone numbers have remained         Veterans.
   the same for these teams and offices.




     BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AND
       RECOVERY SERVICES
        SAN MATEO COUNTY
       HEALTH DEPARTMENT


         225 37th Avenue, Suite 320
           San Mateo, CA 94403

            Phone: 650.573.2541
             Fax: 650.573.2841

				
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