THE ISSUE: Substance abuse is an issue that is largely not addressed in Asian communities with little research and few resources devoted to investigating the extent to which it is affecting our comunities. However studies show that while substance use and abuse is low in some subgroups, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and South East Asians do have higher prevalences of substance use, many abusing alcohol. In most states, there are few or no culturally or linguistically competent resources available to individuals within these communities who are in need of help. Furthermore, due to high stigma associated with substance abuse, few individuals feel comfortable seeking help.
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The Asian American Substance Abuse Intervention Initiative (AASAII) started in 2009, when the Illinois Department of Human Services – Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (DASA) provided a contract to the Asian Health Coalition to develop a sustainable coalition of Asian American community-based organizations focused on increasing access to culturally and linguistically appropriate substance abuse treatment services for Asian Americans.
TARGET POPULATION: Asian American Immigrant and Refugee Communities in the Chicago area.
• Asian Human Services
• Community Counseling Centers of Chicago
• Hamdard Health and Human Service
• Henry Booth House
• Korean American Community Services
PROGRAM GOAL: The overall goal of AASAII was to enhance partner agencies capacity to screen and provide early substance abuse intervention, in addition to enhancing access to linguistically and culturally appropriate community-based substance abuse treatment services. All of the activities of AASAII fall within one of four different categories:
1. Education and Outreach
2. Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment
3. Stigma and Shame Reduction- Town hall meetings, media campaigns, poster distribution
4. Increase in Bicultural-Bilingual Asian Substance Abuse Providers- CADC trainings for partnering agency staff
Now, our partners offer culturally and linguistically competent substance abuse/mental health services, including DUI evaluation, mental health counseling and domestic violence counseling for Asian Americans:
Korean American Community Services
4300 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
- Languages: English and Korean
- For more information, please contact Grace at 773.583. 5501
CONTACT: For more information about the program please contact Jennifer Oh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.372.7070, ext 226.