Advocacy Highlights

In the 1990s, the Coalition engaged in various lobbying efforts to urge the New York state government to meet the mental health care needs of monolingual Asian immigrants, leading to passage of legislations that support the establishment of Asian inpatient units at City and State Hospitals – Bellevue, Elmhurst, South Beach and Creedmore Psychiatric Center.

In the 2000s, the Coalition testified at City and State hearings on the need for culturally competent mental health care and suicide prevention in the Asian community.

In recent years, the Coalition joined other community agencies to support Asian immigrants who are fearful of deportation and have become targets of hate crimes due to the anti-immigrant policies of the Trump administration.  Workshops and resources were organized to help providers to reach out to this vulnerable population.

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