Asian Pacific Community Counseling (APCC) serves the mental health needs of Sacramento County’s diverse Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities. The organization, through its workforce of 40 regular and contract positions, delivers culturally and linguistically appropriate services to non-English or limited English speaking clients through several, established programs.
The Transcultural Wellness Center
The Transcultural Wellness Center (TWC) is APCC’s largest program. The TWC is an outpatient mental health service program designed to provide a full range of coordinated therapeutic and support services for all ages, including children, transitional age youth, and older adults, with a special emphasis on the Asian and Pacific Islander language and cultural groups in Sacramento County (i.e., Cambodian, Chinese, Fijian, Filipino, Hawaiian, Hmong, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Mien, Samoan, Tongan, and Vietnamese). The focal population includes adults with serious and persistent mental illness and children and youth with a serious emotional disturbance. This population includes Medi-Cal beneficiaries, as well as uninsured/under-insured people who do not qualify for Medi-Cal nor have private insurance.
- A full service partnership program, funded by Sacramento County Division of Behavioral Health
- Community and school based outreach and education
- Psycho education; life skills training for youth and families, socialization activities for adults and older adults
- Culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health assessment and treatment provided by a multidisciplinary team
- Individual, group and family therapy
- Medication support services
- Service linkage and coordination including; housing assistance, employment services, ESL classes, counseling and education on nutrition, primary health care, natural healers, spiritual leaders, acupuncture, tai chi, yoga, etc.
- Bilingual/bicultural staff, or trained interpreters, provide services in clients’ preferred language
Supporting Community Connections
Supporting Community Connections (SCC) is a suicide prevention outreach program for the Cantonese, Hmong and Vietnamese speaking communities in Sacramento County. The program aims to bring awareness, reduce stigma, increase protective factors, reduce risk factors and lend a voice to these communities. We provide API-relevant education on suicide prevention to schools, community centers, and at community events. We increase protective factors by offering classes and support groups in native languages to fight risk factors such as limited acculturation, loneliness, and hopelessness. We also empower participants by providing the skills for community members to be part of the campaign.
In addition to outreach activities throughout the community, APCC has the Family Wellness Center (FWC), a place for community members to come and participate in activities in a safe, welcoming environment. The FWC offers a variety of classes and groups structured to address needs identified by the communities themselves. English as a Second Language, Computer Skills taught in Vietnamese and Ballroom Dancing are just a few of the offerings meant to decrease isolation, increase acculturation and improve fitness. Please contact us for the most current schedule.