Department of Behavioral Health Adult System of Care Asian Pacific Islander Program (API)
Adult System of Care
Metro Area Outpatient Clinic
Older Adult Mental Health
Asian Pacific Islander Clinic
West County Regional Clinic
Coalinga Regional Clinic
Huron Area Clinic
Selma Regional Center
Supported Employment and Education Services (SEES)
Asian Pacific Islander Program (API)
Asian Pacific Islander Program (API) is a mental health program which provides culturally appropriate mental health therapy and case management services to the residents of Fresno County of Asian decent.
API is primarily funded by Mental Heath Service Act (MHSA) and Medi-cal.
The staff currently includes:
a clinical supervisor
a part-time psychiatrist
two MSW clinicians
four community mental health specialists (CMHS)
one office assistant
API service includes assessment
plan of care (POC)
medication support and education
referral for day treatment services
Services take place in the office, in the consumers’ homes and at various facilities in the community.
The goals of mental health services are to assist consumers to achieve their potential, guide them toward their recovery journey, reduce cultural barriers, enhance adaptation and acculturation skills, increase meaningful activities, foster hope and empowerment, engage in supportive relationships, engender personal responsibility, reduce psychiatric symptoms, and develop awareness of the community resources.
Populations at risk
Adults age 18 and older
The majority of API consumers are refugees suffering from multiple war trauma and the complications of acculturating into the American society that is vastly different from their own.
Chronically mentally ill or co-occurring Southeast Asian adults; which includes Hmong, Cambodian, Laotian, Vietnamese, Mien, and Khmu.
API staff represents the wide range of ethnic backgrounds and is culturally attuned to the differences and similarities between groups and the society at large.
Interpreters are provided accordingly to the needs of the consumers at no charge.
Cultural competency is an element that is used to decrease the gap of disparity when providing mental health service. This is a holistic approach to increase the healing process and the wellness of consumers.
Services are provided regardless of their religion, culture, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation.
Social Work Values
Service: enhance the consumers life with the support of their families and communities
Social Justice: provide culturally appropriate psychiatric services to consumers
Dignity and Worth of the consumer: enhance psychiatric symptoms to meet functional level
Importance of the human being: empower consumer to achieve a sense of well-being and to function among society
Integrity: assist consumer to understand about their mental health condition
Competency: quality of service provided by social worker
Informed consent: protect consumer by allowing them to receive services through obtaining a written consent for treatment.
Confidentiality: consumer must be protected for anonymity; and enforce by HIPAA
Respect for individuals: understanding between consumer and clinician
API policy and procedure (PP&G): set forth to ensure the quality of services
County of Fresno Department of Behavioral Health. Asian Pacific Islander Program [Brochure]