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Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

Resources on this population include national survey reports, agency and federal initiatives, related behavioral health resources, and in-language resources.

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SAMHSA Programs and Initiatives

SAMHSA Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration Program (PBHCI)

With the goal of improving the physical health of people with mental illnesses and addictions, SAMHSA developed the PBHCI Program. Through this program, SAMHSA provides support to communities to coordinate and integrate primary care services into publicly funded, community-based behavioral health settings. Of SAMHSA’s PBHCI grantees, two organizations specifically serve AANHPI populations:

  • Asian Community Mental Health Services (ACMHS), which provides multicultural and multilingual services, empowering the most vulnerable members of our community to lead healthy, productive, and contributing lives. The vision of ACHMS is to grow as a responsive and innovative organization, embracing diversity and compassionate care, and setting the standard of excellence for integrated services to Asian and Pacific Islander communities.
  • The Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS), which is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization offering a broad array of human services and behavioral health programs to Asian Pacific Americans. ACRS is the largest multiservice organization serving all the different Asian Pacific American communities—immigrants, refugees, and American born—in the Pacific Northwest.

SAMHSA Pacific Jurisdictions Initiatives

SAMHSA works to provide culturally competent and appropriate support and technical assistance to the six U.S. Affiliated Pacific Jurisdictions. Guiding this effort is SAMHSA’s Pacific Jurisdictions Workgroup, other SAMHSA workgroups, and the Pacific Behavioral Health Collaborative Council. Projects have included performance and outcome measures development that reflect the cultural perspectives of people living in the Pacific jurisdictions.

SAMHSA Pacific Jurisdictions Workforce Initiative

SAMHSA partners with the Pacific Behavioral Health Collaborating Council to support the Pacific Jurisdictions Workforce Initiative for the six Pacific jurisdictions. Started in 2011, this training and skills building effort was designed to develop the expertise of a set of Pacific Islander Master Trainer candidates so they can provide behavioral health training to their Pacific colleagues. For more information, read the Master Trainer Development Program (MTDP) Fact Sheet – 2012 (DOCX | 25 KB).

SAMHSA Behavioral Health and In-Language Resources

Additional Resources

Last Updated: 07/19/2019