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The Mental Health Association of San Mateo County (MHA), a nonprofit organization, enriches quality of life, restores dignity, and reduces homelessness, particularly for those affected by mental illness and HIV/AIDS. MHA strengthens hope by providing shelter, support and opportunities for socialization.

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Community Service League to Host 36th Annual Kitchen Tour to Benefit MHA.

The Community Service League, (CSL) is pleased to announce that its' 36th Annual Kitchen Tour will take place on Friday, May 13, 2016 from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. This incredible event will once again offer self-guided tours of five of the most distinctive, recently remodeled and beautiful homes in Hillsborough and San Mateo Park.

In addition to touring amazing kitchens, guests will also have the opportunity to view many other areas of the homes and yards. At each home there will be demonstrations from local artisans as well as tastings from local businesses.

Proceeds from the event support MHA and StarVista and, to date, the Annual Kitchen Tour has raised over $1 million which has supported key and critical programs and services. Tickets are available for $50 in advance and $60 at the door.

Tickets may be purchased online at cslsmc.org as well as Calico, Pot-Pourri, Pottery Barn and The Studio Shop in Burlingame; Brick Monkey in Redwood City, DaVinci Marble in San Carlos and Draegers Home Depot in San Mateo.


Board Members Needed.

Mental Health Association is looking for up to three new and enthusiastic Board members who either live or work in San Mateo County and have a passion for the work we do which focuses on individuals living with serious mental illness, individuals who are homeless, and people with HIV/AIDS. In our 60 (+) years of operation we have grown from a volunteer agency focused on prevention, to a strong organization which is known for providing cutting edge direct services to some of the most vulnerable members of our community. Our Board of Directors provides policy and program direction, linkages to the broader community, and support to raise funds to develop and support critical services. We are currently looking for individuals who have experience in marketing, technology and finance. Board members are elected initially for a three-year term of office, with potential for a second term. Full Board meetings are held monthly, on the second Tuesday from 4:30 6:00 p.m. in Redwood City. Executive, Finance, Nominating, and Community Relations Committees meet throughout the year, as needed. If you would like to be considered to serve, please contact us at info@mhasmc.org.



Peninsula Health Care District Supports MHA Health and Wellness Services at St. Matthew Hotel

The Peninsula Health Care District (PHCD) generously granted $25,000 to MHA to support the Public Health Nurse's (PHN) health and wellness services at the St. Matthew Hotel in San Mateo.

MHA's Public Health Nurse will lead wellness activities, provide medical case management, and offer direct services to St. Matthew residents. The PHN will lead workshops on exercise, stress reduction, and chronic conditions and many other wellness topics. The PHN will also educate residents concerning nutrition, food preparation, and food resource, which take on special importance since residents are only allowed a microwave in their rooms, making the preparation of nutritious meals challenging. The PHN will also arrange for dental screenings, cleanings, and treatment. The PHN will also advocate for clients with other health providers and provide direct care as appropriate.

The St. Matthew Hotel is owned and operated by MidPen Housing. MHA provides case management, occupational therapy, and health and wellness services to many of the mental health clients who live there.

Since 1996, the Peninsula Health Care District has invested over $25 million in local organizations. Every year, PHCD awards grants to local organizations that address local health priorities and help carry out the vision of the District: that all residents enjoy optimal health through education, prevention, and access to needed health care services.



Sequoia and Kaiser Step Up for MHA

The Sequoia Healthcare District continued its support of MHA's wellness program through a generous grant of $48,000. Sequoia supports MHA's public health nurse, who leads health workshops, provides direct care, and advocates for our clients with healthcare providers. MHA's wellness program furthers the Sequoia Healthcare District's priorities of active and healthy living, preventive healthcare, and treatment of priority health conditions. For the last nine years, MHA has supported a public health nurse to promote wellness among our clients. MHA is deeply grateful to the Sequoia Healthcare District for its generous support.

The Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefits Program awarded $15,000 to support MHA's work helping Spring Street Emergency Shelter residents obtain appropriate mental health care and housing. Spring Street Shelter is the only year-round emergency shelter operated specifically for individuals with serious mental illness. MHA's Case Manager connects residents to needed services, navigate entitlement programs, and move Shelter residents into appropriate, long-term housing. MHA greatly appreciates Kaiser's support.


Melissa Platte Presented Tony Hoffman with the Community Mental Health Services Award.

The San Mateo County Mental Health & Substance Abuse Recovery Commission annually awards the Tony Hoffman Community Mental Health Services Award, recognizing individuals, professionals, businesses, and media who have made an extraordinary difference in the lives of people with mental illness and the communities they live in. One of the recipients this year was MHA Executive Director Melissa Platte, who received the award from San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine and Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Director Stephen Kaplan.


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enriches the quality of life, reduces homelessness,
and strengthens hope for our clients
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Waverly Ave Meeting

On Behalf of Mental Health Association of San Mateo County, we would like to thank all the neighbors from MHA's new property on Waverly Ave who attended the May 1st community meeting regarding that new project. We pride ourselves on good relationships with all our neighbors for all our properties countywide and look forward to strengthening the new friendships we've started recently. Below are the presentations and documents we displayed on that night as well as the information referenced at the meeting.

Success Stories
Eligibility and Screening
Facts About Mental Illness
MHA Orientation
Neighborhood Concerns

People Who Lived with Mental Illness
Supported Housing
Waverly Neighbor Concerns
Waverly Place Proposed Apartments

San Mateo County commits $8 million for affordable housing projects.

San Mateo County supervisors committed $8 million for six affordable housing developments including units for seniors and mentally ill using money freed up by liquidating the former redevelopment agencies.

The community will see construction on these developments happening over the next one to three years, said Department of Housing Director William Lowell who added that, without the money, they would have required years of time and heavy fundraising. Read More


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