Since 1975, the Cambodian Association of America has been committed to providing a variety of programs to low-income children and families in Long Beach, California including health services and employment assistance. The facility began as a cultural facility for Cambodian refugees but has since expanded to serve others in the area. CAA offers programs to adolescents and adults receiving MediCal or CalWorks and who are struggling with chemical dependency. Services include an outpatient substance abuse program which meets for individual and group therapy sessions on a weekly basis. Adolescents aged 12 through 18 are also offered a substance abuse prevention group that meets once a month.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment begins with an intake process to assess each client’s needs. After the initial assessment, clients work with a therapist to develop personalized treatment plans. Individual sessions are offered as a supplement to primary group therapy, with sessions typically lasting 30 minutes to an hour scheduled twice a week.
There are three substance abuse groups that meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Groups take place from 10 am to noon and 2 to 4 pm on Tuesdays, whereas Thursday groups meet from 1 to 3 pm. Those in the substance abuse program are required to attend two groups a week. These include psychoeducational lectures and open discussions that teach copings skills, stress management and relapse prevention skills. The program takes six months to complete.
Clients also have the option to attend parenting groups which meet on Thursdays. Substance abuse prevention groups for adolescents are discussion and lecture-based sessions that meet once a month. These meetings take place on alternating days of the week for two hours at a time.
Services are available in a variety of languages including Khmer, Lao, Thai, Vietnamese, Khmu, Hmong, Spanish and Samoan.
CAA also provides a 52-week domestic violence program that meets for group therapy sessions once a week. The program offers sessions for victims of abuse as well as abusers. There is also a program available that aims to educate adults about healthy marital partnerships. The program meets once a week for two-hour sessions over the course of five weeks.
For seniors there is a Cambodian Senior Wellness Program with additional mental health services. The wellness program provides culturally sensitive educational services to promote healthy lifestyles. Services include case management, physical activities and nutrition classes. Counselors also offer assistance with food stamp enrollment and MediCal enrollment. Seniors in need of mental health support have access to scheduled individual counseling sessions available every day for an hour at a time. All services are free of charge.
At Cambodian Association of America, adolescents, adults and seniors can receive a myriad of services. All are offered free of charge and provide basic structured support. While those in need of a more intensive program may need additional treatment, Cambodian Association of America remains a great option for low-income individuals seeking support during their early stages of recovery.
Cambodian Association of America – Main Office
2390 Pacific Ave
Long Beach, CA 90806
Cambodian Association of America – Branch Office
2501 Atlantic Ave
Long Beach, CA 90806
Cambodian Association of America Cost: DCFS and CalWorks only. Reach Cambodian Association of America by phone at (562) 988-1863 or (562) 424-6105. Find Cambodian Association of America on Facebook
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