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 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.
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 CASL’s Associate Director of Clinical Services. She has been part of CASL’s mission to catalyze the transformation of individuals, families, and the community for an equitable future for over a decade, working in a variety of home and community-based service positions within the organization. She has been providing evidence-based mental and behavioral health interventions to all populations within CASL. Previously, she served as Manager of CASL’s Senior Services and oversaw adult day services, our Alzheimer’s Program, In-Home Services, our Pine Tree Senior Council and other senior service projects.
Ms. Lam holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from the University of Hong Kong, where she majored in psychology and double-minored in both social administration and human resources management. She is currently a Regional Coordinator of Illinois Adult Day Service Association and Board Member of Community Care Program Advisory Committee of Illinois Department on Aging. Ms. Lam has served on different workgroups organized by government entities, professional and community organizations on important matters related to the wellbeing of older adults and immigrants.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker informed by her own immigrant experience, Ms. Lam 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.