The Asian Community Psychiatric Clinic
The Asian Clinic is a partnership project of Hong Fook Mental Health Association with psychiatrists. It is a community- based service with the aim of facilitating access to psychiatric assessment, treatment, case management and related supportive services to the mental health patients from Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam living in Toronto on their path of recovery. In simple terms, to bring service to people at a point where they feel comfortable. The secondary goal is to reduce stigma towards mental illnesses through early identification and early intervention.
Consultations can be "direct", that is for individual clients, or "indirect", for service providers. Program consultations are also offered to agencies serving these populations. Beyond Toronto, services can be provided through teleconferencing and videoconferencing. As well, the Asian Clinic provides cultural competence training for various organizations.
The Asian Clinic focuses its resources on the provision of assessment and consultation, which is short-term with limited time frame of 6-8 sessions within three months. This may vary upon discretions of the psychiatrists. The psychiatrists at the Clinic also works with its nursing support services, which provides injection services upon the psychiatrists' request, and conducts information sessions on medication, its side effects and healthy life style.
Following is the referral procedures for seeing a psychiatrist at the Asian Clinic:
The intake staff provides comprehensive screening of all referrals to the Asian Clinic, and redirects some to other community services and programs if appropriate. The triage functions of the intake staff support the goals of effective and efficient use of the already scarce psychiatric resources for communities that the Asian Clinic serves.
Click here to download the Asian Clinic Referral Form