New York Coalition for Asian American Mental Health Records

Date Range: 19932010
Survey Conducted: Tue, 2010-03-16
Creator: New York Coalition for Asian American Mental Health Records

History: The New York Coalition for Asian American Mental Health (NYCAAMH) is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization founded in 1989 by a group of concerned individuals including health and mental health professionals and organizations. Our mission is to improve the quality of mental health services for Asian Americans in the New York City metropolitan area. The Coalition offers mental health educational workshops and training, and a forum for mental health service providers and concerned individuals to network, share resources, and collaborate on culturally competent models of treatment for Asian Americans.

Funded primarily through private grants, NYCAAMH often collaborates with larger health and community organizations to conduct its major projects. Past partnered agencies include the Hamilton-Madison House, the Chinatown Planning Council, the Korean American Behavioral Health Association, the Asian American Federation, and the Japanese American Social Services, Inc.Milestones in NYCAAMH’s history include important victories such as their successful lobbying for the establishment of an Asian bilingual bicultural psychiatric unit (18-South) at Bellevue Hospital in 1993; legislative actions such as lobbying for the passage of Bill No. S. 2565 A requiring the State’s Office of Mental Health and other New York state agencies to draft regulations that addressed the mental health needs of non-English speakers such as access to translation and interpreters; and (co-)sponsoring conferences such as its first national conference “Overcoming Stigma in Asian American Health” in 2004, “Break the Silence: Assessment and Prevention of Suicide Among Asian Americans” in 2005, and “Assessment & Treatment of Compulsive Gambling Among Asian Americans” in 2007.

Sources: “About Us.” New York Coalition for Asian American Mental Health website. Accessed February 4, 2015. http://www.asianmentalhealth.org/aboutus.asp.

“Events.” New York Coalition for Asian American Mental Health website. Accessed February 4, 2015. http://www.asianmentalhealth.org/events/.

Luangphaxay, Joy. 2010. Interview by author. New York, NY, March 16.

“Resources.” New York Coalition for Asian American Mental Health website. Accessed February 4, 2015. http://www.asianmentalhealth.org/resources/.

Summary: The New York Coalition for Asian American Mental Health (NYCAAMH) Records total 11.25 linear feet and consist of administrative/Board documents, financial records, grants, program brochures, and resource files.

NYCAAMH administrative/Board files measure 0.5 linear feet and includes copies of the organization’s by-laws, its certificate of incorporation, meeting minutes and sign-in sheets (2001-2008), membership forms and fees collected (2006-2010), email lists, and a print-out of NYCAAMH’s website registration.

NYCAAMH’s financial files measure 1.25 linear feet and span in date from 2004-20010. Files include expense and bank statements, invoices, and copies of 1099 forms.

Measuring 9.5 linear feet are NYCAAMH’s program and resource files. Grant proposals for the organization’s various projects to granting bodies such as Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly & Company, and the van Ameringen Foundation are filed together with the its program and resource files. The bulk of this, 8 linear feet, is elderly Asian women suicide prevention information brochures in different languages, including Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, and English. The remaining materials consist of files on NYCAAMH’s various projects and events such as grant proposals, meeting notes, workshop sign-in sheets, audio taping consent forms, online articles prints outs, and other resource information for the Elderly Asian Women Suicide Prevention Awareness Campaign. Also included are patient health questionnaires, sign-in sheets for a Mental Health Training Workshop they co-sponsored with the Chinatown Planning Council; PowerPoint presentation print-outs, agenda and correspondence regarding Elizabeth J. Kramer’s study on overcoming stigma in Asian American mental health; and budget plan, project summary and agreement with the Asian American Federation (AAF) on Chinese Community Media Outreach.

NYCAAMH also keeps records relating to several conferences and workshops it has hosted or sponsored, including “Break the Silence: Assessment and Prevention of Suicide Among Asian Americans” conference in 2005, the “Assessment and Treatment of Compulsive Gambling Among Asian Americans” conference in 2007, and the “Socio-Cultural Study of Suicide Attempters Among Chinese Immigrants in New York City” conference in 2008. The content of these files include registration and sign-in forms, speaker correspondence, agendas and press releases.

Most electronic files duplicate hard copy materials.

Total Size: 11.25 linear feet, electronic files
APA-related Size: 11.25 linear feet, electronic files
Languages of materials: English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese
Arrangement: other
Location: New York Coalition for Asian American Mental Health offices
Bibliographic Control: inventory
Conditions Governing Access: Files currently inaccessible to the public.

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