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History
Highlights of the Mental Health Association's history:

1946

The Mental Hygiene Society of San Mateo County opens a child guidance clinic in Burlingame.

1947

The child guidance clinic expands into what eventually becomes the County's Mental Health Services system serving all of San Mateo County.

1948-1954

The Mental Hygiene Society becomes the Mental Health Society and sponsors community education series.

1958

The Mental Health Society officially incorporates at the Mental Health Association of San Mateo County and a group 1959 of local women organize themselves into an auxilliary for the agency sponsoring a "Harvest Hoe-down" dinner and dance.

1963-1965

The Mental Health Association led the way in working toward the beginning of the first halfway house for people who had been treated at Agnews or Napa State Hospitals and were returning to live in the community.  The halfway house was El Camino House and MHA gave rise to a new nonprofit agency named Mental Health Recovery, Inc., known today as CAMINAR.

1970

The MHA opened its first Friendship Center, providing social and recreational activities for the mentally ill and staffed entirely by community volunteers.

1971

"An Evening with Vincent Price", was sponsored by the MHA as a benefit fundraiser for the Friendship Centers.

1974

The Mental Health Association helped to organize Stambaugh Counseling Center and served as its fiscal agent.

1975

The MHA's newly formed auxilliary "Belles for Mental Health" held their first meeting at the home of Mrs. Minton Newell.

1980

MHA sponsored the Bike Clinic in Belmont where clients sold and repaired donated bikes.

1986

The MHA opens the first emergency shelter program for people who are homeless and have a major mental illness.

1990

MHA adds a second story to its Redwood City facility to house 7 units of transitional housing for people moving from the emergency shelter.

1993

MHA opens two single family homes which have been fully rehabilitated and now provide permanent, affordable, shared housing with single rooms for 11 people moving from MHA's shelter or transitional housing program.

1994

MHA and CAMINAR open a fourplex which provides housing for up to 6 homeless mentally disabled young adults.  MHA owns the property and CAMINAR operates the program.

1997

MHA is negotiating to purchase a 5 unit apartment building which will provide affordable, permanent housing for up to 11 individuals in single rooms.