The transcultural wellness center: Rehabilitation and recovery in Asian and Pacific Islander mental health care

Rebecca P. Cameron, Hendry Ton, Cynthia Yang, Marya C. Endriga, Mei Fang Lan, Alan K Koike

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Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIAs) are a diverse group, representing many cultures of origin, a range of immigration experiences, and varying access to economic and other resources. Despite stereotypes such as the model minority and cultural values that stigmatize mental illness and complicate mental health help-seeking, APIAs' psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery needs are significant. These needs are inadequately treated within existing systems of care. Passage of California's Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) in 2004 created the opportunity for Sacramento County to fund a full-service mental health clinic designed to meet the needs of the APIA community. The process by which this clinic, the Transcultural Wellness Center, was conceptualized, advocated for, and launched is described. This clinic is considered a best practice model within the MHSA system redesign effort.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)284-314
Number of pages31
JournalJournal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Dec 4 2008



  • Asian American
  • Bicultural
  • Bilingual
  • Cultural competence
  • Ethnic matching
  • Mental health services
  • Pacific Islander

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Rehabilitation
  • Medicine(all)

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