We are pleased to introduce the “Mental Health & Substance Abuse Resource Guide for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Communities.” We hope this web-based resource, which was developed in collaboration with national AAPI organizations and community health centers, will provide you with easy access to existing resources on AAPI mental health and substance abuse.
Over the past several years, AAPCHO has through its Promoting Access To Healthcare (PATH) program, focused not only on raising awareness about mental health issues affecting AAPI communities, but on solutions that address these issues. Since 1999, AAPCHO has convened meetings/conferences that allow participants to discuss mental health issues and share resources, and developed resources for individuals/organizations that serve the mental health needs of AAPIs. This Resource Guide is another way in which AAPCHO is ensuring that organizations serving AAPIs are not only aware of the mental health resources that are available, but that they have easy access to these materials.
This resource guide was made possible with funding from the Office of Minority Health and support from SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services. We acknowledge the following individuals and organizations for their support and guidance on this project:
- DJ Ida, National Asian American and Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAPIMHA)
- Ford Kuramoto, National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse (NAPAFASA)
- Ho Tran, Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF)
- Doua Thor, Southeast Asian Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
- Huy Bui, National Association of Vietnamese American Service Agencies (NAVASA)
- Cha Lee, Hmong National Development Inc. (HND)
- Juliet Choi, Asian American Justice Center
- Larke Huang, American Institute of Research
- Emily Ihara, the Office of Congressman Mike Honda
- Teddy Chen, Charles B. Wang Community Health Center in New York
- Albert Yeung, South Cove Community Health Center in Boston
- Steve Maxwell, Community-University Health Care Center in Minneapolis.