Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 134–143

The Evolution of Community Mental Health Services in Asian American Communities


    • Silver School of Social WorkNew York University
  • Tazuko Shibusawa
    • Silver School of Social WorkNew York University
  • Mouchuan Teddy Chen
    • Mental Health Bridge ProgramCharles B. Wang Community Health Center
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10615-011-0356-z

Cite this article as:
Nguyen, D., Shibusawa, T. & Chen, M.T. Clin Soc Work J (2012) 40: 134. doi:10.1007/s10615-011-0356-z


This paper explores the history of Asian immigration to the United States, and its intersections with the mental health system. As mental health care have evolved since the 1960s from institutions to the community, public mental health services for Asian Americans have become increasingly culturally relevant. Major policy shifts, trends in immigration, and mental health practice will be presented with a focus on the Bridge Program at the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center. Integrative practice and research models that extend evidence-based knowledge to Asian American communities and practice implications are discussed.


Asian Americans Community mental health services Cultural competence Evidence based

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