I hope you are in good health and enjoying the early summer. July is a special month for us this year, and I am excited to share our agency’s updates with you.
- Today, July 1, StarVista is launching its First Chance Residential Detox program in Burlingame. It will also be the only detox program operating in San Mateo County.
- StarVista is proud to partner with 4 local Police Departments to begin the Community Wellness Crisis Response Team (CWCRT), which will be led by Dr. Daryl Tilghman. This is a 2-year pilot partnership between StarVista, San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS), and 4 police departments: San Mateo, Daly City, South San Francisco, and Redwood City. We are currently hiring licensed mental health clinicians to fill these roles.
- We are very excited to share that our team will implement the new Youth Stabilization, Opportunity & Support (S.O.S.) Team. We are currently hiring licensed mental health clinicians to fill these roles.
- I am absolutely delighted to announce our new Chief Development, Marketing, and Technology Officer, Lea Berhane. Lea will now oversee the Development, Marketing, Data, Grants, and Information Technology departments at StarVista.
- Since President Biden very recently deemed “Juneteenth” (June 19th) a federal holiday, StarVista is adding an additional holiday for our staff to the new fiscal year.
As we are welcoming a new fiscal year here at StarVista, our team is taking a multi-phased “return to the office” approach to allow us to make necessary adjustments to safety protocols and workspaces. We will adhere to evolving health department regulations and Cal OSHA guidelines. We are proud to start this phased transition the week of July 12, 2021.
While this past fiscal year has been incredibly challenging for all of us, I am inspired by the incredible work of our staff, interns, and volunteers for their commitment to our clients.
Sara Larios Mitchell, Ph.D., MACP