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Who Do We Serve
- MediCal eligible children and adults
- Family members so they can better understand
- the mental health issues of their loved ones
- Ethnic and/or underserved communities
How Do We serve
Provides culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate mental health services. Depending on staffing and location, our language capacity includes:
- Chinese (Cantonese, Taiwanese and Mandarin)
- Khmer (Cambodian)
- Taglog (Filipino),
“PACS helps kids who have problems with school and around their community and family. PACS help me with my problems and they can help you too. I used to play with bad kids and have bad grade and do bad thing.” Teenage boy
"...when I first came the U.S, I had physical health and mental health issues... I used to isolate myself before, but now I am comfortable and more confident around my family and friends… I feel emotionally healed. I am now able to go to school and work… after attending therapy sessions, I no longer feel scared or worried.” Cambodian client from INC Program
WHY WE SERVE
PACS knows that lives can be changed when someone listens and cares. We have a multidisciplinary team of social workers, marriage and family therapists, case managers, psychiatrists, and peer, family and parent advocates. We know that involvement in the community where our clients live is important to understand their struggles and challenges. Services are provided in our offices but also in the client’s home, a school setting or wherever the client is comfortable.
WHAT SERVICES DO WE PROVIDE
Individual, family and group counseling. Psychiatric consultation for enrolled clients. Supportive services:
- Case management
- Linkage for housing, shelter, legal services, food, clothing, etc.
- Benefits enrollment
- Peer support
Employment support such as resume writing, interviewing skills and developing job skills.
A home visitors program to provide in-home parenting instruction for parents of newborns.
The use of spiritual and traditional customs as part of the treatment modality.
Parenting classes and mental health awareness workshops.
Intensive services for those with severe emotional and behavioral issues including recently released incarcerated people and/or those with medical issues, homelessness or substance abuse.
Field-based services in schools, homes, other facilities and places as requested by the clients.
Advocacy to address stigma about mental illness.
“I had just separated from my husband and he attacked me. This attack reminded me of previous domestic violence…It all came together and exploded like a ticking bomb…Therapy at PACS turned out to be way different. One of the things I learned was how to have self-care…I want people who are thinking of getting therapy to know – don’t be afraid to accept that you need help.” CalWORKs client
1 in 5 individuals will experience mental illness in their lifetimes. (National Institute of Mental Health, 2017)
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. For ages 10-34, suicide is the #2 ranked cause of death. (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)
For APIs between 15-19 years of age, suicide is the leading cause of death. (Centers for Disease Control and prevention 2016)
Depression is found in 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men. It is the greatest risk factor for suicide YET only 1 in 3 with severe depression get treatment.
Over 70% of Black/African American adolescents with a major depressive episode did not receive treatment for their condition. (SAMHSA)
Exposure to violence touches nearly 2 out of 3 children in the U.S. each year. Trauma affects a child’s health and ability to learn especially infants to 3 year olds. Many of our children live in poverty where trauma occurs in the family and/or around the neighborhood on a daily basis.
At the same time, we have seen so many children, adults and families become healthier when they access care. These success stories are the heartbeats that keep PACS going.