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Resources > Asian Community Mental Health Services (ACMHS)

Phone: 510-451-6729
Fax: 510-268-0202
Organization Type: Community Agency
Languages Spoken: Bhutanese, Burmese, Cantonese, Japanese, Khmu, Korean, Lao, Mandarin, Mien, Nepalese, Tagalog, Taiwanese, Vietnamese


310 8th St. Suite 201
Oakland , CA 94607
Phone: 510-451-6729
Fax: 510-268-0202

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Asian Community Mental Health Services provides multicultural and multilingual services, empowering the most vulnerable members of our community to lead healthy, productive and contributing lives. Our vision is to grow as a responsive and innovative organization, embracing diversity and compassionate care, setting the standard of excellence for integrated services to Asian & Pacific Islander communities.

Asian Community Mental Health Services (ACMHS) was established in 1974 by community providers, activists, and progressive citizens concerned about the well-being of low-income Asian & Pacific Islander (A&PI) immigrants and refugees in need of culturally competent mental health services. Our goals are:

  • To empower Asian & Pacific Islander (A&PIs) to lead healthy, productive, and self-sufficient lives;
  • To promote and advocate for culturally appropriate and linguistically accessible services for mental health, developmental disabilities, and family support; and
  • To advance human achievement through advocacy, empowerment, and coalition building.

To date, we have 130 multi-cultural, multi-lingual, multi-disciplinary full and part-time staff members including paraprofessionals, marriage family therapists, licensed clinical social workers, clinical psychologists, and psychiatrists. The core competencies of our staff reflect a wide spectrum of age groups, immigrant/refugee cultural status and language fluency in 8 A&PI languages/dialects: Cambodian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Mien, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

Each year, ACMHS serves over 3,000 A&PI clients from Alameda and Contra Costa counties. ACMHS receives its funds from government, foundations, and individual donors; in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, ACMHS budget was $7.4 million. ACMHS maintains headquarters in Oakland’s Chinatown (Alameda County) and a satellite office in Richmond (Contra Costa County).

Established in 1974, Asian Community Mental Health Services (ACMHS) offers multilingual and multicultural care that centers on principles and practices that:

  • Promote concepts key to strength-based recovery: hope, dignity, personal empowerment, self-determination, respect and social connection;
  • Plan for each client’s individual needs;
  • Reflect the cultural, ethnic, history and language diversity of our communities; and
  • Remain true to our community-based roots and commitment to social justice.

More than 130 experienced and well qualified staff serve our community with professionalism and respect in 8 Asian languages. In addition, ACMHS values and supports the involvement of our board, volunteers and consumers and their families. Our integrated network of services is tailored to the needs of children, adolescents, adults, families and seniors in three areas: Behavioral Health Care, Developmental Disabilities, and Family Support Services