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Nonprofit excels at integrating mental, physical health care

The Seattle Times, December 9, 2013
Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS), one of 12 nonprofits assisted by The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy, serves more than 27,000 people annually through mental-health and substance-abuse programs, legal and naturalization help and one of the most-visited food banks in King County. The organization, founded in 1973, now has an annual budget of $15 million. Its 3-year-old Wellness for Asian Pacific American Project combines health education, wellness groups and primary care alongside counseling and group therapy. Behavioral Health Director Yoon Joo Han said the project is aimed at fighting one fact: People with a severe mental illness die 25 years younger than everybody else, according to a 2006 study by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors.