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ANNOUNCEMENT: August 2013 NCPP DFC General Meeting

Our next North County Prevention Partnership (‪#NCPP‬) General Meeting for the Drug Free Communities (DFC) Coalition is on August 27, 2013 (TUE) from 9:00AM-10:30AM. Click on the image for more info!

08.27.2013 DFC General Mtg

Please feel free to contact Ingrid Mapanao at imapanao@aars.org or 650-243-4855 if you have any questions.

ANNOUNCEMENT: August 2013 NCPP CBP General Meeting

Our next North County Prevention Partnership (NCPP) General Meeting for the Community Based Partnership (CBP) Coalition in Daly City/Pacifica is in less than two weeks! Please mark your calendars for August 28, 2013 (WED) from 3:30PM-5:00PM. More information is on the flyer below.

08.28.13 NCPP CBP General Mtg

Please feel free to contact Ingrid Mapanao at imapanao@aars.org or 650-243-4855 if you have any questions.

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

CONSUL GENERAL PAYNOR TO SIGN LANDMARK DOCUMENT WITH THE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AND RECOVERY SERVICES OF SAN MATEO COUNTY

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.

NEWS: Social Host Ordinances and the Issue of Underage Drinking

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“At OJJDP Experts Address Best Ways To Tackle Issue of Underage Drinking”

Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug in the united states, playing a significant role in the United States’ youth homicide, suicide, and violent crime rates. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Administrator Robert Listenbee encourages officials from both law enforcement agencies and the justice system to form partnerships with local community groups in order to address this issue. Listenbee also said that it is vital that advocacy organizations never think of children as “mini adults”.

Advocates need to have a sharp focus on science-based strategies, emphasizing the most effective, evidence-driven approaches. Click here to read more about what OJJDP experts say are the best ways to tackle the issue of underage drinking.

“BUZZKILL: Serve Under 21 and the Party’s Over”

Drug Free Action Alliance has developed a program to hep colleges educate their students on the responsibilities and consequences of social hosting. The program addresses an issue univeral to all college campuses and communities, is easy to implement, and comes in a user-friendly Program Kit that is available here.

ANNOUNCEMENT: NCPP Policy Advocacy Work Group First Meeting September 5, 2013

Interested in changing your community through passing a policy that will help reduce youth access to alcohol from the retail environment? Learn more about what you can do in Daly City, California and Pacifica, California!

Please contact Mary Bier for any questions and/or to RSVP for the meeting.
E-mail: marykbier@gmail.com
Phone: (510)364-8438

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NEWS: Study finds that high-fat/sugar diets during mothers’ pregnancies put babies at risk of drug and alcohol abuse

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The animal experiments showed that offspring of rats that ate high-fat or high-sugar diets while pregnant weighed more as adults, drank more alcohol, and also had stronger responses to commonly abused drugs.

The majority of women int he U.S. at child-bearing age are overweight, most likely due to overeating. Because of the rising prenatal and childhood obesity and the rise in number of youths abusing alcohol and drugs, Nicole Avena, a research neuroscientist at the University of Florida, supports looking into all the possible causes of these problems.

This phenomenon is likely due to how overeating foods that taste good alters brain reward systems while diets with excessive fat and sugar can lead to increased appetite as well as some addiction-like behaviors.

In related news, another research study saw a bump in substance abuse treatment during pregnancy. Treatment is crucial since “any kind of substance use by pregnant women can result in miscarriage, premature birth or a variety of behavioral and cognitive problems in the children they carry,” SAMHSA administrator Pamela Hyde said.

SAMHSA, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, has a Services Grant Program for Residential Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women which promotes the availability of substance abuse treatment, prevention and recovery support programs for low-income women and their young children.

Click the image below to visit the SAMHSA website to learn more.

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