In 2002–03, the Asian American Federation of New York, a non-profit leadership organization, conducted a mental health needs assessment of Asian American World Trade Center victims' families as well as vulnerable populations in New York City's Chinatown district—namely, children, elders and dislocated workers—to document the mental health status, needs and actual service use following the September 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
The study also aimed to identify the range of mental health care services available to the community after September 11th. In addition, the study sought to identify existing gaps in mental health service delivery for this community and to develop public policy recommendations to address the unmet needs and service gaps.
In a published report, Asian American Mental Health: A Post-September 11th Needs Assessment, the project team reported their findings, including:
Asian American Mental Health: A Post-September 11th Needs Assessment included the following recommendations: