Advocacy Highlights

  • 1990: The Coalition lobbied for the expansion of mental health services to accommodate the needs of Asian immigrants at Elmhurst Hospital.
  • 1993: The Coalition lobbied for the funding and establishment of an Asian psychiatric unit at Bellevue Hospital.
  • 1994: The Coalition lobbied for the passage of legislative proposal – Bill No. S2565A, which would require state agencies, including the NY State Office of Mental Health, to design and draft regulations to address the mental health care needs of non-English speakers in New York State.
  • 1996: The Coalition submitted a letter to Gov. George Pataki emphasizing the need for health care services to address the special needs of Asian immigrants at City and State hospitals.
  • 1997: The Coalition successfully advocated for the opening of Asian inpatient units at two state psychiatric facilities, one at South Beach and one at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center.
  • 2002: Representing the Coalition, Kin Wah Lee gave testimony on “Culturally Competent Care for People with Mental Illness in New York City” before the Council of the City of New York Committee on Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Disability Services at City Hall.
  • 2005: Kin Wah Lee delivered a presentation on “Suicide Contagion – Chinatown, NYC” at the New York State Summit on Suicide Prevention, the first conference of its kind in New York State.
  • 2006: Members of the Coalition were invited by the NYS Office of Mental Health Commissioner to testify in a public hearing on the high suicide rate of Asian American elderly women.
  • 2010: A subcommittee of the Coalition, chaired by Dr. Winnie Kung, conducted a preliminary needs assessment among mental health agencies, providers and family caregivers on existing services in the Asian communities in New York City.

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