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PHOTOS: JUHSD Youth Access Survey Training 10-5-2013

Youth volunteers participated in a Youth Access Survey (YAS) training today.  The training, led by Katrina Socco of Youth Leadership Institute, was designed to enhance the participants’ awareness of how alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD) affect various communities.  Upon participating in the activities and reflecting on the questions posed, the youth began to develop a critical consciousness of the importance of their role in shaping change in their environment.  They spent a major portion of the training time reviewing the 2008 Youth Access Survey tool administered in the Jefferson Union High School District (JUHSD), and engaged in a process of editing to remove, modify, add, and simplify survey questions based on current pop-culture trends and observations.  Youth also learned about the process of proctoring the YAS, and developed a collective identity for their group.  After a period of brainstorming and deliberation, the youth ultimately decided on calling themselves, “Be The Change,” a bold statement of their heartfelt convictions to action-orientedness and civic engagement.

“Be The Change” will receive additional trainings in the near future to engage with adult stakeholders at the students’ respective school in the District.  This training process will prepare the youth to work in tandem with school administrators, teachers, and their peers to collect the survey data.  In a future training, Be The Change will receive guidance on how to enter and analyze survey data to execute the next steps in the YAS process.

Stay tuned for more updates on this important and exciting project!

NCPP Staff would like to give a huge THANK YOU! to all the youth who took the time out of their Saturday to attend today’s training!

DFC National Coalition Academy Week 3

DFC Project Coordinator Athila Lambino and Other Substance Abuse (OSA) Organization rep Mary K. Bier joined classmates from coalitions in Nevada, Washington, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, Montana, Texas, and North Carolina at the National Guard Museum in Dupont, WA once again for the third and final round of the National Coalition Academy, as led by CADCA trainers Dave Shavel and Teresa Bishop.  The week-long training took place from 9/9 to 9/13, and focused on topics such as policy advocacy, and sustainability.  All coalitions were assigned “homework,” which includes creating products such as a community assessment, logic model, strategic and action plans, evaluation plan, and sustainability plan by December 2013.

We’re excited about creating these products with our DFC coalition so that we can move a few steps closer to implementing our strategies for reducing the harm associated with substance use in South San Francisco!

NCA Week 3 Cohort 6-6692web

Link to High-Resolution version of image: HERE 

To my coalition colleagues in WRCTC Cohort 6:  
It has been an incredible pleasure and privilege learning and working with all of you in these past 1-3 weeks.  We share many of the same obstacles and challenges in both our professional and personal lives, and yet it is our passion for the work that we do that continues to drive us forward.  I wish all of you the best of luck in working with your coalition in your community, and I’m eager to reconnect with all of you at the CADCA National Leadership Forum in February 2014 to share stories of our progress.  Please stay in touch!
Love, Peace, and Respect for the work you do.
-Athila Lambino

Community Members from Pacifica and Daly City Coming Together to Learn About RBST Policy on 09-05-13

SEPT.5, 2013 (THURS): Community members living and working in Daly City and Pacifica attended NCPP’s Responsible Beverage Server Training (RBST) Policy Informational Meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to educate the community about what RBST policy is, how it is effectively working in other communities, and what it can look like in Daly City and Pacifica.Attendees also participated in rich discussion.

Representatives from the City of Pacifica Council, City of Daly City Council, Pacifica Police Department, Daly City Police Department, Daly City Youth Health Center, Parent Teacher Student Association, Asian American Recovery Services, Jefferson Union High School District, Prevention Research Center, Teens Making a Change Youth Council, and other community members were present.

LisaMarie Miramontes, PhD. (Prevention Research Center) engaging in a group discussion with Jeremy Curimao (Teens Making a Change Youth Council)

By 2015, NCPP seeks to pass a mandatory RBST policy in both Daly City and Pacifica which would allow alcohol merchants to be trained on the laws and policies revolving around serving to minors and obviously intoxicated individuals.

In order to make that happen, the partnership is aware that it is important to work with everyone in the community, which includes alcohol merchants, parents, police departments, city councilmembers, youth, the media, and more.

Passing a mandatory RBST policy affects everyone. NCPP hopes to bring a group of people together to ensure that the policy we work on brings positive change.

NCPP will be having a “Policy Workgroup Kick-Off Meeting,” on November 7, 2013 from 3:30PM-5:00PM at the Jefferson Union High School District (JUHSD) Office in Room 226.

If you would like to get involved, please contact Mary Bier, NCPP Consultant, at

PHOTOS: Serramonte Health & Safety Fair 8-24-2013

Photos with NCPP, Asian American Recovery Services, and some of our friends from Health Plan of San Mateo, Filipino Mental Health Initiative, Library and Rec Services of Daly City, California Public Utilities, California Telephone Access, Legal Aid Society of San Mateo, North County Fire, American Medical Response, Senior Services, Seton Medical Center.  Sorry if we missed some of our other colleagues!

San Mateo County BHRS Signs MOU with Philippine Consulate 8/13/2013

NCPP Staff were honored to attend this historic event.  See the rest of the photos on our Facebook page.

From Left to Right: Philippine Deputy Consul General Jaime Ramon T. Ascalon; Dr. Jei Africa, Manager of the Health Equity Initiatives Office of San Mateo County; Stephen Kaplan, Director of San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services

From Left to Right: Philippine Deputy Consul General Jaime Ramon T. Ascalon; Dr. Jei Africa, Manager of the Office of Diversity & Equity of San Mateo County; Stephen Kaplan, Director of San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services


From the San Francisco Philippine Embassy website:  LINK


On August 13, 2013, Consul General Marciano A. Paynor, Jr. will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Stephen Kaplan, Director of the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services of San Mateo County at the North County Clinic, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, 375 89th Street, Daly City, CA 94015 at 4:00 pm.

Through the MOU, both offices agreed to work together towards the larger goal of providing support to Filipino nationals who require services for mental health and/or substance abuse issues.

According to the 2010 US Census, Filipinos have a significant presence in San Mateo County, making up approximately 10% of the total County population.

In a presentation recently made by Dr. Jei Africa, the following statistics point to the need for having a blueprint for providing comfort, promoting recovery, and helping to reduce distress related to stressful situations, trauma and crisis:

  • 1 in 4 individuals in the US develop severe mental illness in their lifetime
  • 17% of Asian Americans with psychological problems sought help, with 6% of them who went to get mental health treatment from a provider (US Department of Health and Human Services, 2001)
  • Filipino American adolescents have one of the highest rates of suicide ideation and attempts in the US (President’s Advisory Commission on AAPI 2001)
  • Filipino Americans have higher depression rate than other Asian American females (Kim & Chun, 1993)
  • Filipino Americans have higher depression rates than the general US population (David & Okazaki, 2006)
  • Filipino Americans seek mental health services at much lower rate even when compared to other Asian American groups (Gong, Gage & Tacata, 2003)
  • 75% of Filipino Americans never used any type of mental health service
  • There are 87% white vs. 1.7% Asian psychologists

About the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco

The Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco is one of six (6) Philippine Consulates General in the US.  Its jurisdiction covers Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Northern California, Northern Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington State and Wyoming.

Just four (4) years into the introduction of the Mental Health First Aid in the US, the Consulate General was fortunate that majority of its personnel were trained and certified as Mental First Aiders in 2011.  This was accomplished thanks in large part to the San Mateo County’s Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS).

With a personnel-client ratio of 1:21,239, the incidence of stress is high and the Mental Health First Aid course instilled among the Consulate General staff the importance of taking care of one’s over-all health and well-being.  Moreover, the course equipped the employees with the necessary skills to deal with persons suffering from mental health issues.

About the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services of San Mateo County

San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) provides a continuum of services for children, youth, families, adults and older adults for the prevention, early intervention and treatment of serious mental illness and/or substance use conditions. BHRS is committed to supporting treatment of the whole person to achieve wellness and recovery, and promoting the physical and behavioral health of individuals, families and communities it serves.

Culturally competent, integrated services are provided by mental health clinicians, alcohol and drug counselors, peers, family partners and others, through a network of County and private agency providers and partners throughout the community.