Project ABC (PABC)

PABClogoNewProject ABC (PABC) is a program at PACS for families with babies and children from birth to 5 who have concerns about how their child is doing.  It provides resources for parents including information about your child’s development as well as connections to medical, educational and other community resources.  The program offers support and therapy including activities to build parent and child relationships and home visits.  Each family works with a staff member to select the services and supports that best meet their needs.

slider-mother-baby-grassWe may be able to help you if your child:

  • Has a lot of tantrums
  • Has a hard time with sleeping or feeding
  • Hits, bites, kicks, or pushes
  • Is withdrawn
  • Cries a lot or is hard to soothe
  • Is very fussy or irritable
  • Doesn’t get along well with other children
  • Doesn’t listen to adults
  • Was born prematurely (early) or weighed less than 5lbs. at birth
  • Has a developmental delay or disability
  • Has any other behaviors that you are concerned about

Classes and groups, including:

  • Baby and me groups
  • Parenting classes
  • Social play groups for children

 Information and resources for parents, including:

  • Information about your child’s development
  • Connections to medical, educational and other community resources

Support and therapy, including:

  • Activities to build parent and child relationships
  • Home visits

PROJECT ABC SERVICES For more information, call: 
Pacific Asian Counseling Services Long Beach • 562-424-1886

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(Khmer)  What is Infant Mental Health
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(Spanish) What is Infant Mental Health

Background of Project ABC (PABC)

PACS is one of four primary service delivery agencies in a collaborative that was funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to develop a system of care for children birth through five and their families.  Named “Project ABC,” this collaboration works together to deliver a system of care with the following core principles and values:  family driven, strength-based and individualized.  It should be community based, culturally sensitive and linguistically competent, connected and coordinated across service systems and helping networks.


The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) had a Project  About BuildingConnections (Project ABC) grant from SAMHSA since 2005 to build a system of care in SPA 4 in central Los Angeles.  To build upon and expand the accomplishments of the SPA 4 Project ABC, LACDMH applied for a second early childhood SAMSHA proposal for SPA 8 as the lead investigator.  This service area encompasses Long Beach and the South Bay Cities.  There are four primary service delivery partners: Children’s Institute, Inc., as the lead providing Medi-Cal-funded mental health services; For the Child, providing care and services to uninsured families; Pacific Asian Counseling Services, providing leadership on the cultural competency and Medi-Cal services; and TIES for Families, an interdisciplinary, university-based program established to promote the successful adoption, growth, and development of children with special needs. as participation in other Project ABC committees. The goal of the Initiative is 75 children in the longitudinal stud Section III: Population of Focus

The population of focus for Project ABC is children under six years and their families; young children with behavioral or emotional problems or concerns; young children who are in out-of-home placement or at risk for out-of-home placement, children and families living in Service Planning Area (SPA) 8; and children birth to five with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges and their families.  This would also be a longitudinal study of the expected 75 children enrolled in the program.

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(Khmer) What is Early Childhood Trauma
(Samoan) What is Early Childhood Trauma

SPA 8, the third largest in LA County with a population of more than 1.5 million.  According to the LA County Children’s Score Card, over 118,800 children from birth through age 4 live in SPA 8.  It is estimated that in 2007 between 9,284 and 10,651 SPA 8 birth to five (B-5) children have serious mental health needs but only 657 birth to five children received mental health services through the public mental health system.  SPA 8 is a very diverse area with Hispanics as the most numerous (36%), followed by Western European White (29%); African-American (15%), and Asian (14%)  These data underscore the need for effective outreach to families with young children, particularly those from ethnic communities.

The contract started in FY2009-2010 and will end in FY2015-2016.  PACS has been successful in outreaching to the Cambodian and Samoan communities.  It appreciates the many collaborative efforts among the service delivery providers as well as staff from other departments such as Department of Children and Family Services, regional centers, and medical clinics.  By the time the contract ends, there should be a robust system of care with more trained staff who can work with this population.  One of the valuable lessons being learned is how to train staff to accept and encourage the participation of family input in the treatment process.  With this goal in mind, the collaborative has worked hard to have family participants at all levels of the system.