1. New California Law Will Disaggregate Health Data On Asians

    APCTC photoNovember 1, 2016 R&E was recently funded by California Department of Public Health for the California Reducing Disparities Project, giving them the opportunity to be the lead Asian & Pacific Islander (API) Technical Assistance Provider, working collaboratively with organizations that serve API populations throughout the state of California. Some of the sub-groups that this project will serve are: Cambodian, Hmong, Korean, Lao, lu-Mien, Samoan and Tongan. This initiative will identify solutions that will improve mental health outcomes in communities that have been historically unserved, underserved or inappropriately served. Rather than looking at “cookie cutter” approaches to service delivery, data disaggregation makes it possible to take a closer look at disparities and challenges faced by each distinct group within the “Asian” category in order to arrive at recommendations for effective, high quality and culturally competent mental health treatment programs.

  1. Santa Ana Civic Center

    APCTC photoSeptember 12, 2016 According to the report, approximately 450 homeless individuals inhabit the surrounding area and the population continues to grow. The city council requested that Orange County develops a health and safety plan in the next 30 days. This news comes in contrast to the recent state level veto of the petition submitted by the City of Los Angeles to declare a state of emergency due to a record homeless population. SSG/HOPICS currently leads the South LA Coordinated Entry System (CES), which coordinates regional housing resources to maximize local service provider’s capacity to address the growing homeless housing crisis. The CES efforts also heighten community awareness about homelessness to ultimately foster financial support from local residents, small business owners, large corporations and government entities for sustainability. SSG will continue to lead efforts in the county with community-based solutions and innovative initiatives in alignment with our mission to serve our communities.

  1. Mayor Garcetti Announces Launch of Metro Bike Share in Downtown L.A.

    APCTC photoJuly 7, 2016 The Metro Bike Share has 1,000 bikes available at 65 locations around downtown L.A., including Union Station, City Hall, Grand Park, the L.A. Convention Center, South Park, Chinatown, the Arts District, the Fashion District and Little Tokyo. Metro users are be able to unlock the Metro bikes from a dock using a Metro TAP card. A monthly pass offering unlimited 30-minutes rides will go for $20 a month. Passes are available at http://www.metro.net/bikeshare. Walk-up fares will become available to riders August 1 at a price of $3.50 for 30 minutes. We encourage friends of SSG to check out these new bike stations. What a great initiative by the City of L.A. to reduce car trips and create Metro Bike Share riders.

  1. APCTC

    APCTC photoJune 10, 2016 APCTC offers comprehensive services to all age groups through our multi-faceted programs such as Outpatient Counseling, Field Based Services, School-Based Program serving 24 schools in Los Angeles Unified School District and Bellflower Unified School District, Consumer-Run Wellness Center, Tenant and Sponsor Based Housing Programs, and Employment Services.

    APCTC has taken an active role in advocacy for consumer and family leadership development through providing leadership training, and involvement with API Speakers Bureau, Project Return, API NAMI – LA Chapter, Consumer and Family Employment Training Program.
    In addition, we have Client Council, Family Education Groups, Never Stop Rock Band and prevention classes for families dealing with various issues such as autism and childhood development.

    Our 5 locations throughout Los Angeles county employ over 100 well trained, bi-cultural and bi-lingual treatment teams consisting of Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Nurses, Social Workers, Marriage Family Therapists, Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialists, Employment Counselors, Case Managers, Support Specialists, Peer and Parent Advocates, volunteers and student interns.

  1. South LA Wins Promise Zone Designation

    June 13, 2016 According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), through the Promise Zone Initiative, the Federal government will work strategically with local leaders to boost economic activity and job growth, improve educational opportunities, reduce crime and leverage private investment to improve the quality of life in these vulnerable areas. This will undoubtedly have an impact on the services and programs Special Service for Groups has in the area. SSG looks forward to continued development of our work in South Los Angeles with this new designation!