Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) is a nationally-recognized nonprofit organization offering a broad array of human services and behavioral health programs to Asian Pacific Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in King County. ACRS is the largest multiservice organization serving all the different AAPI communities - immigrants, refugees and American-born - in the Pacific Northwest.

Our Mission:
ACRS seeks to promote social justice and the well-being and empowerment of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other underserved communities - including immigrants, refugees - by developing, providing and advocating for innovative community-based multilingual and multicultural services.

Our History:
ACRS was founded in 1973 out of a grassroots effort. During that time, AAPIs were at risk of misdiagnosis and receiving inappropriate care from service providers unfamiliar with their culture and language. Today, ACRS provides a continuum of services for primarily low-income, immigrant, refugee, American-born Asians and Pacific Islanders through 13 programs:

  • Aging and Adult Services
  • Chemical Dependency Treatment
  • Children, Youth, and Families
  • Citizenship Services
  • Congregate Meals and Emergency Feeding
  • Consultation and Education
  • Domestic Violence Batterers Treatment
  • Employment and Training Services
  • Food Bank
  • Information and Referral Services
  • Legal Clinic
  • Mental Health Services
  • Problem Gambling Treatment

The agency's staff of 270 collectively speaks more than 45 languages and dialects. Caseworkers who speak the same language and come from the same culture assist more than 30,000 people annually, making clients' transitions easier, helping them overcome obstacles to becoming successful members of the community.

For more information, please visit the official Asian Counseling and Referral Service website.