History

Founding staff members of ACMHS, circa 1974

Responding to critical needs in the community, the group of young activists, case managers, and psychologists who founded ACMHS in 1974 was the first to offer mental health care specifically to the growing Asian and Pacific Islander (API) population of Alameda County.

The eight-member staff persevered, despite challenges such as limited funding and the stigma of mental health in the API cultures- issues no less potent today- that could cut short the organization’s history. The importance of creating an agency that assists and advocates for a severely under-served community trumped these deterring factors.

ACMHS’ services and programs diversified as the East Bay API population continued to grow in the last 40 years. With the addition of the Asian Family Resource Center in Richmond, ACMHS now serves both Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

The organization currently has 25 multilingual, full and part-time staff providing and advocating for services in the areas of Treatment, Outreach, Wellness, Education and Research.