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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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OCTOBER 2014 NEWSLETTER
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Housing Assistance for
People with HIV/AIDS

MHA PHOTO GALLERY
36th Annual
Friendship Center
Holiday Party


Sequoia Healthcare District Awards MHA $60,000 to Support Wellness Activities.

The Sequoia Healthcare District awarded the Mental Health Association of San Mateo County $60,000 to support the wellness program at the Belmont Apartments, Cedar Street Apartments, and Spring Street. This generous donation supports the expansion of the activities of MHA's public health nurse, who leads health workshops, provides direct care, and advocates for our clients with healthcare providers. MHA’s wellness activities support the Sequoia Healthcare District’s priorities of active and healthy living, preventive healthcare, and treatment of priority health conditions.

Physical health is essential to mental health. Individuals with serious mental illness die on average 25 years earlier than the general population. The stress of coping with poor physical health exacerbates mental health problems. In response, for the last eight years MHA has supported a public health nurse to promote wellness among our clients.

Among the activities supported by the Sequoia Healthcare District, the nonprofit Miles of Smiles will offer dental examinations and cleanings. MHA will also sponsor health fairs that offer cholesterol checks, body mass index readings, and chair massages.

MHA is deeply grateful to the Sequoia Healthcare District for their generous support.


Kaiser Awards MHA $10,000 to promote housing.

The Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefits Program awarded MHA $10,000 for fiscal year 2014-15 to support MHA's work to help 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 will connect 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.


Mental Health Association of San Mateo County
enriches the quality of life, reduces homelessness,
and strengthens hope for our clients
to have a better quality of life.


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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