Asian American Recovery Services Inc (AARS)

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Organization Mission: The purpose of Asian American Recovery Services, Inc. (AARS) is to reduce the impact of substance abuse in the Asian and Pacific Islander and other affected communities of the San Francisco Bay Area. We accomplish this by providing prevention, outreach, intervention and treatment services, as well as engaging in education, research and advocacy.

HealthRIGHT 360 provides primary medical care, substance use disorder treatment, mental health services, and re-entry programs to Californians with diverse healthcare needs and limited resources.

In January 2014 the formal merger of HealthRIGHT 360 and AARS will be complete – enhancing services and broadening the reach of both organizations with the goal of connecting historically underserved populations with robust, accessible, culturally responsive behavioral health treatment and primary medical care.


Adult Outpatient Servcies:

The CalWORKs (California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids) Program offers intake, assessment, individual, group and family counseling, dual-diagnosis services, and case management by highly skilled, pre-licensed Master’s level clinicians receiving ongoing licensed supervision. The goal of the program is to help CalWORKs participants reach stability and self-sufficiency. The program also provides supportive assistance such as acupuncture and psychiatric services to deliver holistic and culturally sensitive care. All CalWORKs services are provided at no cost to eligible clients. For more information about our program and services, please call (408) 271-3900.

Adult Substance Abuse Treatment Services (ASATS): AARS adult outpatient treatment program offers drug and alcohol counseling services. Currently, AARS is the only outpatient substance abuse agency providing weekly monolingual treatment groups in Tagalog and Vietnamese. We also offer a women’s group, LGBT group, young adults group, and a weekly acupuncture ear clinic.

Youth Services:

Project Reconnect was the nation’s first outpatient substance abuse treatment program targeting Asian and Pacific Islander youth, ages 13-18. Services are offered at Andrew Hill High School, Independence High School, Milpitas High School, Yerba Buena High School, MayView Community Health Center, and at the AARS Tully office.

Project Harmony is an outpatient dual-diagnosis program targeting youth ages 13-18 who have been referred by the Juvenile Probation Department. In addition to in-home services, services are offered at Santa Clara County’s Juvenile Hall and James Ranch, MayView Community Health Center and the AARS Tully office.

MAAC – AARS provides anger management and drug and alcohol services at Santa Clara County’s Juvenile Hall through the Multi-Agency Assessment Center (MAAC) program.

Social Recreation – Every Thursday, AARS hosts Social/Rec night for community youth and their families. Youth are able to engage in pro-social and team-building and leadership activities. Youth participants are encouraged to assist in developing and facilitating activities. Youth are exposed to caring adults in their community through the involvement of adult and peer mentors and volunteers.

The Young Father Project – A parenting program targeting teenage fathers and fathers-to-be. The program consists of intake and assessment, individual sessions, case management, and 12-week education groups. There is a strong component discussing the impact of substance abuse and gang involvement.

The Safe Zone Project – A prevention program designed to educate the community on the impact of substance abuse with the LGBTQ community. AARS is working closely with Evergreen Valley High School’s Gay Straight Alliance and Drama Department to develop a public education play to be shown in Spring 2014.

“Sister-to-Sister – Celebrating Asian and Pacific Islander Women of Tomorrow” Leadership Conference is AARS’ annual flagship program. The purpose of the conference is to build self-esteem and empowerment of Asian/Pacific Islander young women through workshops, activities, and entertainment. Workshop topics have included drug and alcohol education and prevention, sexual health education, healthy relationships, self-defense, and body image. This conference is made possible through community sponsorship and donations.

Language Capacity: Vietnamese, Tagalog, Thai, Spanish

Departments Contracted With: Department of Alcohol & Drug Services (DADS); Department of Mental Health; Santa Clara County Probation Department; City of San Jose

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