APCTC was established in 1977 as a directly-operated program of Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. APCTC was the very first mental health center in Los Angeles County specifically developed to meet the unique needs of rapidly increasing numbers of Asian Pacific immigrants and refugees who were in need of a wide range of mental health services. Through intensive program development efforts in response to ever-growing service needs, APCTC has since expanded to its current operation with multiple funding sources. In 1990, APCTC made a major transition through privatization to become a county-contract agency, and has since been under the auspices of Special Service for Groups, Inc (SSG).
APCTC provides vital services to adults, older adults, adolescents, and children who are dealing with a wide range of mental health and social problems. Most of these individuals come from the following Asian Pacific communities: Cambodian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Pilipino, Thai and Vietnamese. While the focus of APCTC has been on serving the needs of Asians and Pacific Islanders in need, the Centers have also extended their services to non-Asian individuals and families.
The APCTC staff consists of over 100 highly trained mental health professionals, paraprofessionals, and support staff. The professional staff consists of fully credentialed psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, marriage family therapists, nurses, case managers, rehabilitation counselors. Most of these professionals are themselves of Hispanic or Asian Pacific heritage and bilingual, representing language capabilities in Spanish or Asian languages including Cambodian, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin & Taiwanese), Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Filipino (Cebuano, Ilocano & Tagalog), Thai and Vietnamese.
APCTC takes a multi-disciplinary, and culturally sensitive approach to address the psychological and social needs of our clients. Our mental health professionals work in team setting to tackle client needs, which are compounded by language and culturally barriers. The goals of our teams are to provide effective treatment to reduce psychiatric symptoms, alleviate psychological distress, and to improve functioning levels. APCTC’s professional staff have an unmatched level of cultural competence and linguistic capabilities, which enable them to work effectively with our ethnic clients who do not have access or feel a lack of connection in mainstream American healthcare settings. All clients are treated with respect and utmost regard for their dignity and privacy.
APCTC is committed to continue its pioneering tradition and strong leadership to stay at the leading edge of providing culturally sensitive services. APCTC will continue to advocate for the mental health needs of our community and to systematically maintain and develop effective strategies to meet those needs.