Multicultural Programs


Southern California’s immense diversity necessitates culturally and linguistically appropriate consumer and family services.  Pacific Clinics’ program design for historically underserved ethnic populations in our region has included participation and advice from consumers, family members and other community representatives. Clinics  language capabilities other than English, include: Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Taiwanese, Toishen, Chiu Chow, Japanese, Korean, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Armenian and Farsi, not just at our sites that target specific ethnic and cultural populations, but at many other Clinics sites.

Pacific Clinics has also worked to address the lack of research into the effectiveness of various therapies among minority populations.  Our programs acknowledge (and support further study of) indications that the strength and effectiveness of psychotropic medications can vary greatly between persons of diverse cultural groups, and even within some similar ethnicities, depending on specific origins.

Our multicultural programs include:

Asian Pacific Services

Pacific Clinics' Asian Pacific Services Division had its origins in, and continues to be based upon, the many programs of  Asian Pacific Family Center (APFC) in Rosemead.  Since 1986 it has served persons from various Asian/Pacific cultures of all ages across San Gabriel Valley with outpatient services at its site and at several school and community locations.  APFC staff is able to provide services in nine Asian languages and dialects.  In addition to its traditional behavioral healthcare services, the Center's innovative prevention and early intervention, parenting and mentoring programs have become a model for San Gabriel Valley community efforts to fight youth gang and drug activity.  The program also assists recent immigrant families with acculturation issues.  APFC’s programs have continually received federal grants and been recognized as models by the state of California.

Since 1996, Asian Pacific Family Center (APFC) East has served the eastern San  Gabriel Valley area to also address the challenges of families confronting mental illness, substance abuse, parenting and acculturation issues in a multicultural world.  The program is aided in its numerous activities by community/consumer volunteers, most of whom are former students of the parenting classes.

Asian Pacific Family programs and services include:

  • Outpatient treatment: children, youths, adults and older adults in individual and group sessions designed to reduce child abuse, gang involvement and substance use
  • Wellness center activities: adults enjoy a variety of engaging activities
  • Pacific Housing: a group home for adult consumers funded by family members and staffed by peer advisors
  • Employment counseling
  • Early intervention: for children and teens at school-based or Pacific Clinics program who are at risk of gang involvement or  substance use
  • Parenting classes: often staffed by volunteer parents who previously took these classes
  • Prevention programs: including sponsorship and facilitation of community activities that discourage youth from using tobacco, drugs and alcohol.
  • Leadership development and mentoring: for adults and adolescents

In addition, APFC collaborates with several other advocacy groups in the region to address a wide range of concerns in the Asian/Pacific Islander community. 

For the main APFC Brochure, click here.

For a consumer story, click here.

Latino Services

Based in Santa Fe Springs at our El Camino site, our original Centro Familiar resource is a hub of far-reaching, culturally competent and bilingual programs serving people of all ages and emphasizing family and community. There is now also a satellite office in Whittier from which the school-based programs are administrated.

The Clinics’ initially federally-funded school-based suicide prevention program developed to address mental health issues of adolescent Latinas gained additional support from local funders and has expanded to include services for elementary, middle and high-school age participants of both genders and their families, including

  • Individual therapy
  • Group counseling (peer and family)
  • Tutoring / mentoring
  • Education (for parents, school staff and family)
  • Care management, including home visits

The program also provides extensive services for children and transitional age youth in outpatient and MHSA funded Full Service Partnership programs at the Santa Fe Springs Family Center site. Its CCSP/MAT services also provide assessment of need for services in children from birth to age 15.

More recently, the Centro Familiar program approach with both site-based and outreach services, was adapted in El Monte under the direction of our Northeast Valley Division to address the needs of children and families in the surrounding communities. The program has initiated several educational programs to promote and improve Latino behavioral health and dispel stigma about mental illness in the community.

For a brochure on our Latina/o Youth Project School-Based program, click here

Familias Unidas Education Course

To help Latino families understand more about mental illness and learn about available community resources, these educational English or Spanish language sessions cover topics about mental illness such co-occurring substance abuse, medications and treatments, crisis assistance resources, and rehabilitation services and groups. We also offer Spanish language videos through our Training Institute.

Familias Unidas Support Group

Meeting monthly, this National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI)-affiliated support group offers Spanish-speaking families ongoing assistance with coping skills for personal dynamics and issues of mental illness in the family.

Latino Mental Health Conference

Held each spring, the conference offers dynamic presentations on Latino issues from leading experts to enhance the knowledge and skills of professionals, paraprofessionals, consumers/ families, students and others involved in mental and behavioral health services for Latinos. This conference, which celebrated its 15th year in 2012, offers a wide range of approved Continuing Education credits to extend licensure for professionals in various mental health fields each year.

For a report on the 2012 Conference, click here.

To see one of Family Center brochures en Espanol, click here

Armenian Programs

With the Armenian community emerging as a major local ethnic group in Los Angeles County, Pacific Clinics, in collaboration with the Glendale Unified School District and other community organizations, is providing culturally competent clinical services that address critical behavioral health and family issues.


This specialized school-based program for Armenian children and youth in the Glendale area has operated since 1996; a smaller site-based program for Armenian adults was opened in 2011. Hye-Wrap assists newly immigrated Armenian youth at high risk of dropout and their families deal with adjustment issues to become better acculturated to their new country. At several Glendale high, middle and elementary schools, staff proficient in the language and heritage of Armenia develops individualized plans to improve student conduct and school performance through:

  • Family assessment
  • Coordination of treatment goals with school staff
  • Client behavior and performance monitoring
  • Counseling and mentoring
  • Parenting classes, consultation and training
  • Crisis intervention

As a result of Hye-Wrap participation, students feel less isolated and detached, improving their school attendance, behavior and performance.

For a brochure on the Hye-Wrap program, click here

Other Armenian Services

Recently, Armenian school-based services were expanded to Grant High School in North Hollywood/Van Nuys. An Armenian parenting program is offered in Pasadena schools.