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Mental Health Services

SIPA’s Mental Health Program includes psychosocial assessments, 1:1 and family counseling, community linkages, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) trainings, and educational presentations. This program aims to increase self-awareness, address cultural differences, and de-stigmatize mental health for the safety and well-being of youth, children, and families.


Psychosocial Assessments and Referrals

Providing initial assessments and screenings for mental health. Referrals include intensive mental health services, support groups, and wellness, parenting, vocational, domestic or intimate partner violence, and substance use programs.

Mental Health First Aid Trainings

Teaching groups how to identify, understand, and respond to signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use disorders. Approved by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, Adult MHFA 6-hour training and Youth MHFA 5-hour training are available online or blended (online and in-person). Online and blended courses require the completion of 2-hour self-paced pre-work on the MHFA Connect portal. Fully in-person trainings are 8 hours for Adult MHFA and 7 hours for Youth MHFA. Certification is valid for 3 years. Tuition includes access to training manual, participant processing guide, and video/audio/print resources. Group rates are available.
* Youth MHFA is for adults only *

Case Navigation

Assisting families with community linkages to access activities, resources, and supports, such as employment, school, housing, healthcare, social networks, legal aid, childcare, and financial assistance for rent and other expenses. This multi-level case management includes distributing information, initiating referrals, and providing enhanced supportive services. Duration of services ranges between 1-3 months.

Short-Term Counseling

Providing 10-12 sessions on a weekly basis online and/or in-person based on need and availability. Sessions aim to address immediate needs through the use of therapeutic and evidenced-based practices. Assessments are strengths-based and treatment plans are individualized to maximize the full potential of clients for overall safety and well-being. This program is only available for individual adults who have children, or individual youth.

In Home Outreach Counseling

Family Preservation Program (FPP) strengthens & preserves families who are at risk of or experiencing problems in family functioning, with the goal of assuring the emotional, social, educational, and spiritual development of children in a safe and nurturing environment. FPP is an integrated, comprehensive approach to strengthening and preserving families who are at risk of or already experiencing problems in family functioning, with the goal of assuring the emotional, social, educational, and spiritual development of children in a safe and nurturing environment. Weekly in-home visits connect families to counseling, parenting classes, teaching and home demonstrating, domestic violence classes, child-focused activities, and transportation. FPP support services are offered from 6 months to 12 months, or more, after the children are reunified, depending upon the family’s individual needs. Please contact your regional Department of Children and Families Services (DCFS) office for more information. In order to receive services by SIPA, you must request for Filipino/Tagalog.

Support Groups

Providing therapeutic spaces for adults (age 18+) and youth (ages 13-17) to share experiences and foster peer relationships. Groups are facilitated on a weekly basis either online or in-person. Type of groups are diverse including Genderqueer, Non-Binary, or Gender Non-Conforming, Grief and Loss, Filipino/a/x, and High School Youth. Groups are for those who are of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or People of Color), Latino/a/x/e, or Filipino/a/x descent. Groups are structured as closed or open attendance for safety purposes. Participants are entered into opportunity drawings including gift cards and self-care items.

Educational Presentations

Join us for Mag-Usap Mondays every month where we raise awareness about mental wellness with a holistic and trauma-informed approach. This psychoeducational series explores mental health disorders and its prevalence in the Filipino/a/x-American community. Topics include stigma, depression, anxiety, substance use, grief and loss, evidenced-based interventions, indigenous practices, self/community care, mindfulness, stress management, and wellness activities. This series is for those who identify as Filipino/a/x, but all are welcome to attend. We also offer on-site speaking engagement and outreach in addition to introductory workshops for your special event, staff, group, school and/or organization. 



For all inquiries, please email or call.

Eddy M. Gana Jr., LCSW 103797
Clinical Program Manager – Mental Health
Office: (213) 382-1819 ext. 125