What We Do
What We Do
CASL’s Behavioral Health and Clinical Services (BHCS) provides quality, person-centered, and culturally competent care to help families and individuals of all ages and backgrounds achieve healthy living. BHCS works in tandem with over two dozen 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 to clients 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. BHCS is expected to expand and evolve to best meet the needs of the families and individuals we serve.
Why It Matters
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 the Associate Director of Clinical Services. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker informed by her own immigrant experience, she is passionate about working with underserved populations, at-risk populations, and minorities; to see how intersectionality has affected their experiences, to help them value and leverage their own strengths and resilience in reconnecting with the communities, and to help them achieve self-actualization.
Previously, Ms. Lam was the Manager of CASL’s Senior Wellness and Independence: overseeing Adult Day Service, the Alzheimer’s Program, In-home Services, and Pine Tree Senior Council. She has been working with CASL for over a decade and in various home and community based service positions. Ms. Lam holds a Master Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor Degree in Social Sciences (Major in Psychology) from the University of Hong Kong. She currently is a Regional Coordinator of Illinois Adult Day Service Association and has served on different workgroups organized by government entities, professional and community organizations on important matters related to the wellbeing of the older adults and immigrants.
Jasmine Yeung is the Case Manager for Behavioral Health and Clinical Services. Ms. Yeung holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign, with minor studies in Criminology, Law, and Society. She previously interned at a homeless shelter where she engaged with the homeless community and provided support and services. As an aspiring social worker, she is passionate about addressing underserved communities.