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Main Services Area

Educational Programs
Educational Programs provide students with the skills they need to live successful lives. Our robust programs include early childhood development, classroom consultations in partnership with school districts, adult continuing education programs and parent workshops.
Support Services

Support Services offer various programs to address social determinants of health, including housing and employment coaching and placement, among other critically needed services.


Who We Are

Pacific Clinics has proudly served children, transitional-age youth, adults and families for more than 150 years. We offer multiple behavioral and mental health care services, housing, foster care and social services, early childhood and continuing adult education to our clients. Our team provides services in more than 20 languages to ensure all clients get the care they need when they need it most.

Our Vision and Mission

  • Our Vision

    A world in which all people realize health and well-being.

  • Our Mission

    We deliver integrated behavioral health care and social services to advance health equity and mental well-being for children, adults and families.

Our Values


We exist as an organization to assure that individuals and families reach the highest level of functioning and the best quality of life possible for them.


We celebrate diversity and respect cultural differences.


We ensure that consumers are always our first priority.


We involve consumers, family members and others significant to them in the review and evaluation of our programs and services.


We engage consumers, their families, and others significant in their lives as partners in treatment.


We acknowledge and support our employees as our most valuable assets.

"At Pacific Clinics, we seek to ensure that Californians in need have access to vital mental health services. Our diverse and caring team offers hope and solutions to individuals and families."
- Shawn M. Caracoza, LCSW, Chief Operations Officer
Transforming California’s System Of Care For 150 Years

Our History

A Commitment to Care

Pacific Clinics has a rich history of service across California. We began in 1867 as Eastfield Home of Benevolence and Ming Quong Home, orphanages in San Jose. Over the past 150 years, we have merged with organizations across the state to deliver the best care to as many people as possible. Today, we proudly serve more than 25,000 individuals with life-changing services across California.

Additionally, Pacific Clinics has been an innovator. We pioneered the wraparound philosophy for California, a child-guided but family-driven approach to mental health care. We launched clubhouses on the West Coast so that members with mental health challenges can build support networks and tools for recovery. We also created the health navigator approach for mental health. These innovations are built on community-based support for the best outcomes possible.



Roots in San JoseEastfield Home of Benevolence founded in San Jose


Occidental Presbyterian Mission Home EstablishedA safe house is established for women and children in San Fransico’s Chinatown


Establishing in Los AngelesHollygrove founded in downtown Los Angeles as the Los Angeles Orphans Home Society.


HollywoodHollygrove moves to its current location in Hollywood.


Ming Quong Home OpensPresbyterian missionaries expand to Oakland to help young girls of Chinese descent


First Clinic OpensPacific Clinics opens its first clinic under its original name, Pasadena Child Guidance.


Marilyn Monroe Comes to HollygroveNorma Jean Baker, also known as Marilyn Monroe comes to live at Hollygrove. Ming Quong opens another orphanage for younger girls in the hills of Los Gatos.


Expansion of ServicesHollygrove provides residential services for abused and neglected children removed from their families by court order.


Ming Quong Expands to Serve BoysMing Quong enrolls boys and needy children of all races and becomes independent of the Presbyterian Church.


A Promising BeginningWith support from family, friends and the USO, Shirley Weiss establishes Portals, a halfway house for veterans released from the Veterans Affairs Hospital Psychiatric Ward.


Intern Training Program LaunchesPacific Clinics’ nationally recognized training program serves bachelors, masters and doctorate level interns.


Clubhouse Opens at PortalsPacific Clinics establishes the first clubhouse west of the Mississippi at Portals as part of the psychosocial rehabilitation program.


Employment Services BeginPacific Clinics partners with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and the Department of Rehabilitation to begin offering employment services.


Becoming a Contract AgencyPortals becomes a contract agency with the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health and is selected to provide psychosocial services.


Portals Launches Social EnterprisePortals launches Hodge Podge Thrift Shop, its first social enterprise and offer employment training and opportunities.


Apartment Program InitiativeA master-leased apartment program is created to prepare individuals to live on their own in the community.


Mariposa Transitional ResidenceThe Mariposa Transitional Residence opens to provide short-term housing within a structured, supervised environment to prepare members to live independently.


Project Double TrudgersCreated to address the unique needs of individuals co-occurring substance use disorders.


Asian Pacific Family Center OpensThe Asian Pacific Family Center opens to serve the diverse needs of extended Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.


Rampart Transitional Residence OpensRampart Transitional Residence Opens to provide 24-hour rehabilitation services in Los Angeles.


Rebrands as Pacific ClinicsThe new name better reflects broader services for all ages.


EMQ Children and Family ServicesEastfield & Ming Quong merge (Eastfield Ming Quong), later to be called EMQ Children & Family Services.


First MILES ConferencePacific Clinics hosts the First Annual MILES (Mental Illness and Law Enforcement Systems) Conference to bring together law enforcement and mental health professionals to create better solutions for police officers interacting with mentally health challenged individuals in the field.


Dual Diagnosis ServicesPacific Clinics begins to address co-occurring substance use and mental health challenges.


Pacific Clinics Training Institute OpensPacific Clinics Training Institute (PCTI) opens to provide training and education to mental health professionals, paraprofessionals, and the community.


Twin Peaks Residential ProgramTwin Peaks Co-Occurring Disorder Residential Program offers a 24-hour recovery program for mentally health challenged adults with substance use disorders.


Homeless & Housing ServicesPassageways Homeless Multi-Service Center opens in Pasadena to house homeless individuals while they receive mental health counseling and substance use treatment services.


Multicultural Programs LaunchHye-Wrap, a school-based initiative, launches to engage Armenian youth to heal trauma from war. In addition, the Latino Family Center opens and the Transitional Age Youth program launches to serve youth ages 16-25 transitioning from the foster care system.


Giarretto Institute AcquiredEMQ acquires San Jose-based child sexual abuse treatment pioneer Giarretto Institute and begins providing Wraparound services in the Sacramento area.


Transitional Age Youth (TAY) ProgramTransitional Age Youth (TAY) Program is initiated to provide mental health services, job training and educational opportunities for young adults 18-21 with mental health challenges who are transitioning out of foster care.


Expansion into San Bernardino CountyEMQ expands into Southern California, opening a wraparound program in San Bernardino County. Pacific Clinics opens the first Inland Empire Clubhouse Program further expanding the agency’s continuum of care.


Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)Pacific Clinics shapes the language of and helps to pass Prop 63/Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). MHSA addresses broad prevention, early intervention, and service needs.


Community-Based ServicesHollygrove closes its residential program to concentrate on community-based mental health services.


Hollygrove and EMQ MergeHollygrove and EMQ merge.


Pacific Clinics and Portals MergePortals, a psychosocial rehabilitation agency serving South Los Angeles, merges with Pacific Clinics.


Health NavigationPacific Clinics partners with University of Southern California to launch an innovative program to empower individuals with mental health challenges to self-manage their healthcare.


EMQ and FamiliesFirst Merge EMQ and FamiliesFirst merge to create EMQ FamiliesFirst.


Head Start/Early Head Start LaunchesPacific Clinics expands to support young children ages 0-5 through Head Start and Early Head Start.


Crisis Stabilization Unit OpensUplift Family Services helps Bay Area children and teens on a psychiatric hold receive short-term emergency assessment and stabilization instead of going to the hospital.


Rebrand to Uplift Family ServicesEMQ FamiliesFirst becomes Uplift Family Services.


Conferences HostedPacific Clinics hosted multiple conferences this year that reached milestone anniversaries including the 20th Annual Latino Mental Health Conference, 26th Annual MILES Conference and Asian Pacific Family Center’s 30th Anniversary Symposium.


First Professional Parent Cottage OpensUplift Family Services opens its first professional parent cottage on their Los Gatos campus, serving teens in Santa Clara County.


Rampart House RenovationThrough the generosity of donors including the S. Mark Taper Foundation, The Ahmanson Foundation, and The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, the completion of the renovation project at S. Mark Taper Rampart House ensures that Pacific Clinics can continue addressing urgent housing and behavioral health needs of clients.


Pacific Clinics and Uplift Family Services Respond to the PandemicTo address the challenges of the pandemic, Pacific Clinics and Uplift Family Services secured equipment to provide services through telehealth, prepared sites to follow CDC guidelines and assembled care packages including diapers, food, household supplies and educational toys for families and children.


Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic PartnershipAs part of a $4MM grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Pacific Clinics, in partnership with Uplift Family Services and School Health Clinics of Santa Clara County, will form a consortium to become a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC).


sABA and CFT Programs LaunchThe sABA (Specialty Applied Behavior Analysis) program serves those with autism and CFT (Child and Family Team) facilitates meetings for families with Sacramento County Child Protective Services.


Becoming Better TogetherPacific Clinics and Uplift Family Services merge into California’s largest community-based behavioral health provider.

Building Hope Together

Lives Made Better, By the Numbers

Pacific Clinics enhances the well-being of Californians of all ages by providing high-quality behavioral health care, education and social services, ensuring lasting benefits for individuals and communities alike.

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