Asian Outreach Program
With highly trained bilingual and bicultural therapists, The Child Center of NY’s Asian Outreach Program breaks down language barriers and stigma to reach Asian children and families with mental health and substance abuse services. The AOP’s approach is culturally nuanced and based on education and outreach that eases the stigma still surrounding mental health and substance abuse treatment in traditional Asian cultures. All of our therapists have experienced the trauma of immigration themselves and are steeped in the culture and language of their clients.
Positive word-of-mouth has spread in Queens’ Asian communities. Last year alone, we worked with over 1,400 adults and children from more than a dozen countries. In our nearly 25 years in operation, the clinics have brought education and healing to many thousands of new immigrants stressed by the need to adjust to new customs, language, and economic circumstances, as well as families suffering from isolation. They also bring understanding to culture clashes between Asian-born parents and American-born children. For all of our clients, we help ease the sense that problems have to be kept hidden from “outsiders” and that treatment will have an adverse impact on a family’s reputation.
The services that AOP provides include:
- Treatment of mental illness utilizing many approaches, including cognitive behavioral therapy, psychopharmacology, substance abuse treatment, and play therapy
- Child abuse and neglect prevention
- Domestic violence counseling
- Parent education workshops and outreach
- Family-oriented academic enrichment
- Counseling at many public schools
Asian Outreach Program Clinics
- Senior Program Director: Jessica Barrera-Morales, LCSW-R firstname.lastname@example.org
- Services provided: Multi-lingual and multicultural counseling for mental health issues and substance abuse for Chinese, Filipino, South Asian, Spanish, and English-speaking families.
- Special Services: Benefits Access
- Ages accepted: Newborn-21, and adults
- Admission criteria: One member of family must have a mental health or substance abuse diagnosis. Individuals with intellectual disabilities or an autism diagnosis are not eligible for this program.
- Languages spoken: Bengali, Cantonese, Mandarin, English, Hindi, Spanish, Urdu
Asian Outreach Program in Flushing
Macari Family Wellness Center
140-15B Sanford Avenue, Second Floor
Flushing, NY 11355
For the most efficient way to make a referral to us, please send your inquiry to email@example.com. (Please note: If you have a referral inquiry, you need to send only one email to this email address and do not need to copy any other parties, as emails to this email address are forwarded to our entire intake team, including the director and supervisors of our program.)
- Senior Program Director: Cho-Yung (Cathy) Wu, LCSW-R, RPT-S, CASAC firstname.lastname@example.org
- Services provided: Multi-lingual and multicultural counseling for domestic violence, substance abuse and other mental health issues for Bengali, Cantonese, Mandarin, English, Hindi, Spanish, Tagalog and Urdu speaking families.
- Special Services: Benefits Access
- Ages accepted: Newborn-21 and adults
- Admission criteria: One member of family must have a mental health or substance abuse diagnosis. Individuals with intellectual disabilities or autism diagnosis are not eligible for this program.
- Languages spoken: Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), English, Hindi, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Urdu
- Public Transportation: Subway—#7, Buses—Q17, Q27
The Child Center of NY is an approved Better Business Bureau Charity.
*Elmhurst Clinic has relocated to Woodside Clinic. All services can be accessed at Woodside Clinic and via tele-health. Please call 718-458-4243 so that we can help you.