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API Language Materials

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information - Asian Language Lines for Material Request

SAMHSA's National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) is the Nation's one-stop resource for information about substance abuse prevention and addiction treatment.

You may request materials in several Asian languages using the telephone numbers below:

  • Cambodian (888) 258-3145
  • Chinese (Cantonese) (888) 258-3139
  • Chinese (Mandarin) (888) 258-3144
  • Korean (888) 258-3137
  • Vietnamese (888) 258-3138

A Network of Care and Supports for Behavioral Health & Mental Retardation Services

A new website funded by the city of Philadelphia offers residents centralized access to information on addiction and mental-health treatment as well as news about policy decisions on these issues. The website is designed for both patients and care providers. The site is being billed as part of a campaign to eliminate racial disparities in health care and empower consumers of health services. In addition to providing information about various behavioral-health problems and where people can get help, the site allows users to create profiles and track their own medical information, such as doctors' contact information, drug dosages, and other data. The information is stored confidentially, although users can give others permission to view their health data online. The site is available in seven languages: English, Cambodian, Cantonese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

Click here for the website.

Selected Patient Information Resources in Asian Languages (SPIRAL), 2005.

Tufts University's Health Sciences Library has developed health resources for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans whose first language is not English. The website (http://spiral.tufts.edu) provides detailed health information in Asian languages, specifically Chinese, Hmong, Khmer, Korean, Laotian, Thai and Vietnamese. It is a unique multi-language health information site because it is for both physicians and patients.

Segmented by language and by subject, a user - either a patient, doctor or other caregiver - can search for documents in an Asian language on topics such as asthma, diabetes, nutrition, substance abuse, SARS and HIV/AIDS. A native speaker of an Asian language would go to the main web site, select his/her language, and then search for the information that was needed.

Material is also provided in English so that an English-speaking physician or caregiver can see what patients are reading.

For more information, please go to spiral.tufts.edu.