Community Needs

  • South Asians are a racialized community underserved by the current healthcare system; individuals and their families experience significant challenges in accessing services related to substance abuse, mental health, and socioeconomic factors
  • Limited services addressing the South Asian needs, resulting in low engagement in existing services
  • Cultural, linguistic, social, financial and structural barriers to accessing supports
  • Social stigma and biases within the community associated with alcohol and substance abuse and mental health disorders
A critical need for culturally appropriate, low barrier health and social services

Solution: SACH

  • Cross-sector, inter-agency, and collaborative intervention offering wrap around services
  • Located in the Newton neighbourhood of Surrey, BC
  • Provides direct services for those experiencing issues related to substance abuse, mental health, and socioeconomic factors
  • Centralized entry point: a case manager identifies individual needs, advocates for clients and their families, connects to supports on and off site
  • Mobilizes multi-sectoral services for rapid risk mitigation to address both the immediate and long-term needs of clients
  • Low barrier approach: one entry point, single site, culturally and linguistically appropriate