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Institute for Multicultural Counseling & Education Services

A Private Non Profit Organization Associated with DPI/NGO with ECOSOC Status of The United Nations for Human Rights

Services & Programs

IMCES believes health and wellness is the human right of everyone.


Services are developed based on the principals of diversity, equity, and inclusion by design to be responsive to the complex and ever-changing needs of our underserved culturally diverse communities and to reduce disparities. Our philosophy is based on humanistic values and approaches. We promote whole health. Whole health of individuals includes physical, mental, spiritual, social, as well as community health. In addition, the spectrum of services includes prevention and education for the community at large, as well as early intervention (PEI) and comprehensive intensive care for individuals with severe mental illness (SMI). IMCES’s clinical service integrates mental health with primary care, substance abuse, legal advocacy and social services for people of all ages, cultures, and ethnicities.


Dr. Tara Pir made a strong commitment to develop a high standard of clinical training to promote a specialty area of community clinic with an emphasis on an integrative model of service delivery for new and emerging professionals in the field of health and mental health.


We believe our over-arching goal can be achieved and implemented by integrative model of service delivery, which provides continuation of care and advocacy for clients in the context of community. Our clinical training program is designed as an effective and necessary professional workforce development to respond to our community’s needs. Our operation is based on the principle of commitment to “excellence” and “lifelong learning,” which promotes the high quality of our services to clients and community.

We operate based on the “system” theory and approach. We regard individuals in the context of systems including family, community, and society. Accordingly, we consider the individual and community as our client. We assess the needs of individual and community simultaneously and provide relevant interventions for both/all.  

Mental Health Services

Our mental health services are designed with the philosophy of promotion of health and wellbeing while addressing specific illness.

Our services are comprehensive integrated to include many component of health, mental health, legal advocacy, social and other supportive services.


All of our services are monitored for quality assurance and quality improvement on an ongoing basis.


Our services are designed for all age groups with different intensity levels to be included in the following categories of service delivery:


All age groups with all different intensity levels (low – moderate – severe).


Low Intensity

Prevention & Early Intervention (PEI)


  • Outreach to Community
    Community Outpatient Services (COS)
    To enhance the mental health of the general population by promoting mental health services and preventing the onset of mental health problems in individuals and communities through education and awareness.
    To reduce the risk or severity of mental health issues among individuals not yet identified as clients within the mental health system.

  • Identifying first sign of illness and providing early intervention

  • PIER Model for prevention of psychosis

    IMCES promotes focusing on wellness while addressing illness and empowering people with strength-based information. Our prevention model extends to include prevention of severe mental illness/psychosis in our community.

  • School based mental health

Moderate Intensity

Moderate Mental Illness (MMI)


OCS: Outpatient Care Services

The model is designed to reintegrate client into the community.

Three Core Service Components:

  • Community-Based Services

Services provided in the community (school, home, other community setting) for clients who have advanced in their treatment and are reintegrating back into their community.

  • Clinic-Based Services

Services provided in an out-patient clinic setting at a frequency and intensity that meets the client’s needs.

  • Well-being Services

    For clients ready to transition to lower levels of care and reintegrate into the community of their choice. Using a holistic approach, focusing on assessing clients in improving their physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional well-being. 

Severe Intensity

Serious Mental Illness (SMI)


Someone over the age of 18 who has a diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder that causes serious functional impairment that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.

Severe Emotional Disturbance (SED) Persons under the age of 18 who have had a diagnosable mental, behavioral or emotional disorder

(From apa.org and https://www.samhsa.gov/dbhis-collections/smi)


  • FSP: Full service partnership

    Designed for adults ages 26-59 who have been diagnosed with a severe mental illness and would benefit from an intensive service program

  • AOT: Assisted Outpatient Treatment
    To serve seriously mentally ill persons at substantial risk of deterioration and/or detention.

  • MIST: Misdemeanor defendants found Incompetent to Stand Trial
    Mental health clinicians work with the MIST clients while in custody to restore the client to competency.

  • Forensic Mental Health Services
    Includes court-based forensic mental health assessments and consultations for persons who are facing criminal or delinquency charges and civil commitment proceedings.



Comprehensive intervention for vulnerable children and families

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Domestic Violence Intervention Programs

For Survivors

  • Legal Services

  • Supportive Services

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Court Approved Programs

By Probation Department

Interventions to suport all programs



Evidence Based Practices (EBP)

  • Trauma Focused-Cognitiv Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT)

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Managing and Adapting Practices (MAP)

  • Seeking Safety (SS)

  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)

IMCES Developed / Specific Interventions

  • Building Support System

  • Legal Advocacy  Social Advocacy

  • Navigating Community Resources

  • Life Skill Training / Skill Building Groups:

    • Mindfulness

    • Socialization

    • Music Intervention

    • Coping with Chronic Health and Mental Health Conditions

    • Building Resiliency

    • Managing Medications

    • Managing Family Dynamics

    • Managing Emotions

    • Crisis Management and Suicide Prevention

* IMCES requires clinicians to be engaged in an ongoing qualitative, action based research/evaluation study.