History

  • Under the leadership of Dr. James Chou and a group of dedicated volunteer mental health providers, the NY Coalition for Asian American Mental Health, Inc. received its Certificate of Incorporation under Section 402, 503© of the New York State Not-For-Profit Corporate Laws in 1990.
  • For almost three decades, monthly membership meetings were held at different agency sites in NYC to promote networking, collaboration, and sharing of community resources. Conferences on topics relevant to the Asian American mental health community were held to raise awareness of emerging issues and enhance culturally relevant knowledge and skills among providers.  As of 2018, a bimonthly newsletter with agency updates and community resources are sent to over 200 providers and members. In addition, a member-only social media venue has been established for queries and sharing of resources.
  • In 2010, the Young Professional and Mentoring Group was organized to meet on a regular basis to promote professional development and support for Asian mental health students and new graduates. In 2017, the group was renamed the Professional Development Group to include professionals of all levels to meet the increased interests in professional identity and culturally relevant skills in working in the Asian community. Each fall through spring, presenters with expertise on working with Asian Americans are invited to present their work at the monthly meetings held at The Silver School of Social Work at NYU.  A peer supervision group led by volunteer facilitators has also been formed to meet at the end of the monthly meetings.

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