Resources on this population include national survey reports, agency and federal initiatives, related behavioral health resources, and in-language resources.
Data, Reports, and Issue Briefs
- Advancing Best Practices in Behavioral Health for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Boys and Men – 2017
- A Snapshot of Behavioral Health Issues for Asian American/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Boys and Men: Jumpstarting and Overdue Conversation – 2016
- Need for National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) Report: Need for and Receipt of Substance Use Treatment Among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders – 2013
- National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) Report: Substance Use among Asian Adolescents – 2011
- The Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) Report: Gender Differences among Asian and Pacific Islander Treatment Admissions Aged 18 to 25 – 2010
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’s Collaborative for Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT)
SAMHSA’s CAPT is a national substance use disorder prevention training and technical assistance system dedicated to strengthening prevention systems and the nation’s behavioral health workforce. SAMHSA’s CAPT provides services across the 10 Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regions, including the 6 Pacific jurisdictions:
- American Samoa
- The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
- The Republic of Palau
- The Republic of the Marshall Islands
- The Federated States of Micronesia
For more information on the jurisdictions, read the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Basin Jurisdictions: Legal, Geographic, and Demographic Information (PDF | 42.2 KB).
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
- The Helping Yourself Heal: A Recovering Man’s Guide to Coping With the Effects of Childhood Abuse - 2014 (also available in Chinese) brochure helps men who are entering treatment understand some of the feelings that can surface about the abuse they experienced as a child. The guide defines childhood abuse, describes the symptoms of abuse, and suggests ways to handle childhood abuse issues while in treatment.
- The Helping Yourself Heal: A Recovering Women’s Guide to Coping with Childhood Abuse Issues (also available in Cambodian/Khmer and Vietnamese) – 2014
- Facts about Buprenorphine for Treatment of Opioid Addiction - 2009 (also available in Vietnamese) gives patients information on buprenorphine and medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction. Also, it describes addiction and withdrawal, how buprenorphine works, its proper use, its side effects, and how it fits with counseling in the recovery process.
- The Helping Yourself Heal: A Recovering Woman’s Guide to Coping with Childhood Abuse Issues - 2008 (also available in Cambodian/Khmer and Vietnamese) brochure helps women who are entering treatment understand some of the feelings that can surface about the abuse they experienced as a child. The guide defines childhood abuse, describes the symptoms of abuse, and suggests ways to handle childhood abuse issues while in treatment.
- Drugs, Alcohol and HIV/AIDS: A Consumer Guide - 2008(also available in Cambodian/Khmer, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese) is a two-page color brochure that explains the increased risk of HIV transmission among people who misuse substances and stresses the importance of seeking treatment for both substance use and HIV/AIDS.
- Alcohol and Drug Treatment: How it Works, and How it Can Help You - 2007informs people in the criminal justice system and their families about substance use treatment resources in prison and in the community. It also explains benefits of treatment for alcohol use or drug use and how to start treatment while in custody or on bail.
- The American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Resource Kit: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders resource kit gives statistics on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders among American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian populations. Also, it includes education, prevention, and outreach strategies, as well as tips for collaboration among agencies and organizations, two posters, and a CD.
- The Aging, Medicines, and Alcohol - 2004 (also available in Cambodian/Khmer and Vietnamese) brochure contains information for older adults about alcohol use and medication-related problems, and steps older adults can take to avoid problems resulting from mixing medications.
- The Good Mental Health is Ageless - 2001 (also available in Cambodian/Khmer) brochure provides information for older adults about the symptoms of depression or dementia, basic facts regarding mental health, and suggestions on how to talk to physicians and how to contact organizations that provide additional information.
- Mental Health Photonovel: Understanding is the First Step from the Asian American Health Initiative (PDF | 5.3 MB). Also available in:
- Video: Let’s Talk about Mental Health from the Asian American Health Initiative. Also available in Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Hindi.
- Video: ACA Outreach and Enrollment Challenges in Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Communities: Some Findings (46:45)
- Video: ACA Outreach & Enrollment in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Communities: Explaining Health Insurance (24:35)
- Video: ACA Outreach & Enrollment in Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Communities: Promising Practices (47:13)
- Video: Health Insurance: How Do I Get It, Pay for It and Use It? (30:45)
- Slide deck with speaker notes (PDF | 9 MB)
- Video: Chinese (Mandarin) (25:43)
- Video: Korean (23:20)
- Video: Vietnamese (38:52)
- Video: What Immigrants and Refugees Need to Know about the Affordable Care Act (23:43)
- A Champion for Coverage in Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Communities
- Strategies for Behavioral Health Organizations to Promote New Health Insurance Opportunities in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Communities – 2014
- Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum
- Mental Health and Substance Abuse Resource Guide from the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations
- National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association(link is external)
- National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse(link is external)
- National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians(link is external)
- Pacific Island Health Officers’ Association(link is external)
- Selected Patient Information in Asian Languages (SPIRAL) by Topic from the Tufts University Hirsh Health Sciences Library(link is external)