Our work in behavioral health seeks to address mental health, substance use, trauma, and other emerging issues within our Pacific Islanders.
1. PACIFIC ISLANDER REPRESENTATION
a. The Taskforce recommends collaborations with PI Clinicians that understand both the American mental health system and the cultural interpretation.
b. The creation and integration of a Pacific Islander Counseling Team – similar to the Filipino American Counseling Team (FACT) in San Francisco.
c. Identify existing culturally specific health navigator systems to pilot within each county and work with existing Pacific Islander agencies to create ‘one-stop-shop’ for Pacific Islander resources.
2. AGENCY ACCOUNTABILITY AND RESPONSIBILITY
a. Implement early intervention and prevention programs to focus on school aged children. b. Work in partnership to create a cultural competence training to train staff in each county.
3. FUNDING NEEDS
Funding should be guided into researching existing practices and systems, conducting further needs assessments, and the implementation of culturally focused Pacific Islander Prevention Early Intervention program in the schools.