Although our agency name says “Southeast Asian,” we presently are no longer serving only the Southeast Asian community. Over the years, SAAC evolved and became a multi-ethnic serving agency as other refugees and immigrants from other parts of the world come to the Sacramento area.
Presently, SAAC serves limited English proficient people from communities that speak these languages: Hmong, Mien, Lao, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Russian, Ukrainian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, Punjabi, Arabic, Farsi, Dari, and Pashto.
While the people we serve have very diverse cultures and speak different languages from each other, their commonality is that they are or were, at one time, refugees and/or immigrants. One of the common barriers that they face as refugees and immigrants is the language barrier.
Recognizing that the ability to address their needs adequately and to access resources are essential to a successful transition and adjustment to life in America, SAAC has been instrumental in helping them to overcome the language barrier through our culturally and linguistically responsive services. The services have been in the form of health navigators, advocates, cultural brokers, paraprofessional social workers, and primarily as professional interpreters or Cultural & Linguistic Specialists.
While our interpretation service is available to any provider on a fee for service basis, SAAC provides free interpretation services to clients and providers who are contractors with Sacramento County’s Division of Behavioral Health Services (Mental Health Services and Alcohol & Drug Treatment Services) .