Helping Our Peers Emerge:
Healthy Community Integration
HOPE (Helping Our Peers Emerge) is a new collaborative of San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS), Heart & Soul Inc., California Clubhouse, Voices of Recovery-San Mateo County, and National Alliance on Mental Illness-San Mateo County. HOPE provides Peer Participants in transition from psychiatric hospitalization to community integration, with Peer Mentors, Family Partners, and Supportive Employment Coordination.
HOPE is the first peer program in San Mateo County to facilitate support services for you during hospitalization and post-hospitalization via mental health and substance use recovery and family support. The program provides immediate wellness tools through alternative approaches to mental health recovery and evidence-based practices such as Intentional Peer Support, Motivational Interviewing, and Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) instruction.
The complexity of the current mental health system is often a barrier for people with mental health challenges seeking wellness and recovery. The HOPE program provides you with support to navigate the system and surmount those barriers.
Peer Mentors & Family Partners
provide recovery support, self-care modeling and community resource information. The goal of this support is for you to develop a self-directed plan and pattern of mental health and/or substance use recovery and subsequent wellness maintenance. With this support you'll have the opportunity to achieve the self-empowerment necessary to integrate into and remain in the community, rather than returning to in-patient settings. Additionally, this service has the potential to guide you and, if you choose, your family members to achieve enhanced wellness and recovery. This support will be sustained over a period of six months, beginning with your first meeting with your Peer Mentor.
Successful community re-integration and decreased psychiatric re-hospitalizations through the power of peer support.
Providing Peer Mentors, Family Partners, and a continuum of support.
How We Do It
One-on-one Peer Support
Sharing success strategies and experiences with Peers
Peer recovery coaching
Role-modeling mental health and substance use recovery
Accompanying Peers to appointments and advocating, when requested, on their behalf
Providing support to family members and supportive individuals
Providing linkage to community resources such as housing, food, employment, and support groups
WRAP groups and/or individual
HOPE Team members have undergone rigorous training
and are certified in a range of peer support related skills and techniques, including:
• Intentional Peer Support (IPS)
• Alternative Approaches to Mental Health Peer Support
• WRAP® Facilitator Certification Training
• Data and Evaluation
• Supportive Crisis Response
• Emotional Management in Peer Support
• Suicide Prevention and Response
• Patients' Rights
• Self-Care for Service Providers
Supportive Employment Coordination
Provides you with opportunities to enter or return to paid employment in integrated work settings through both Transitional Employment and Supportive Employment programs.
Peer Mentors encourage Peer Participants to connect with community resources and reconnect with family members and supportive individuals.
Supportive employment Coordination.
You Are Eligible If You Are
● an adult (18+) receiving Medi-Cal and/or a member of the Health Plan of San Mateo
● being discharged shortly from San Mateo Medical Center, Ward 3AB
● meeting Whole Person Care criteria
● identified for HOPE services by San Mateo Medical Center staff
People referred to HOPE are individuals diagnosed with mental health challenges. The program can also include you if you are experiencing co-occurring disorders.
If you or someone you are supporting is interested in becoming a HOPE Peer Participant, contact your social worker at Psychiatric Inpatient (3AB) at San Mateo Medical Center. The Family Members of HOPE Peer Participants who request engagement can be an integral part of the participant’s support team.
Note: Participation in the HOPE Program is voluntary for you at all times.