BHCS works in tandem with over thirty CASL programs and complements the efforts of existing community behavioral health programs to improve the overall health and well-being of our community. Services are offered virtually, through telehealth, or in person. While mental health challenges overwhelmingly impact Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, our services are open to all—from parents of infants to seniors and their caretakers, and everyone in between.
Our Alzheimer’s Program educates seniors and their caretakers, reducing the stigma connected to the disease by building a dementia-capable community and making it possible for older adults living with dementia to lead a high-quality healthy life.
Our Occupational Therapy Program supports adults with cognitive or physical disabilities, especially Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias. Occupational Therapy combines physical and cognitive exercises so individuals can maximize their independence and participation in daily activities.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide is the leading cause of death among Asian American young adults ages 15-24. While some organizations already exist to address this grim, urgent issue, the problem is outpacing solutions.
The rise in anti-Asian hate, paired with the COVID-19 pandemic, has sharply increased feelings of anxiety and depression among AAPI communities, as evidenced by CASL’s 2021 Social Determinants of Health Report. From the report, we know that residents in Chinatown feel isolated, and over 40% of residents said they don’t feel safe in their own community. Mental health was identified by the report as a problem that demands a solution. Our community looks to CASL for solutions, and we have stepped up to improve the overall health and well-being of our community.
Winnie Lam is CASL’s Director of Clinical Services. Previously, she served as Manager of CASL’s Senior Services and oversaw Adult Day Service, our Alzheimer’s Program, In-Home Services, our Pine Tree Senior Council, and other senior service projects. She was then promoted to Associate Director of Behavioral Health and Clinical Services, developing the Alzheimer’s Program and the Behavioral Health Program. With new strategic direction, Winnie was appointed to be the Director of Clinical Services to develop programs that integrate different clinical elements to meet the whole wheels of wellbeing of the clients.
Read Winnie’s full bio HERE.
Director of Clinical Services