Program Details

Social Services


calfreshThe CalFresh Program, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), can add to your food budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table. The program issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores. The CalFresh Program helps to improve the health and well-being of qualified households and individuals by providing them a means to meet their nutritional needs.For information on eligibilty requirments click on the link here.

EMASS (Elder Multicultural Access & Support Services)

This program primarily focuses on senior peer support, health education, and recreation. The program is located in two areas; El Cajon and Escondido. EMASS Escondido Community Center was opened in 2009 to provide center-based activities to target senior participants who speak spanish tagalog, &/or English. The center evolved into a grassroots health education and fitness center. Weekly social and recreational activities include congregate meals, zumba class& other excercises, arts & crafts, brain fitness excercises, and computer tutorials. This location also holds chronic disease self management workshops, diabetes and depression self management workshops, and a cardiovascular health workshop. EMASS in El Cajon was established in 2012 through the mental health services act (MHSA) & the human services administration’s refugee services. The EMASS in El Cajon program outreaches to chaldean middle eastern senior immigrants and refugees. EMASS in El Cajon provides services such as entertainment, health literacy workshops, and wellness education. EMASS El cajon also provides a geriatric specialty program through UPAC-CTC geriatric specialist every tuesday for clinical case management and brief therapy.

Calfornia WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) Program

WICWIC is a federally-funded health and nutrition program for women, infants, and children. WIC helps families by providing checks for buying healthy supplemental foods from WIC-authorized vendors, nutrition education, and help finding healthcare and other community services. Participants must meet income guidelines and be pregnant women, new mothers, infants or children under age five. In California, 84 WIC agencies provide services locally to over 1.45 million participants each month at over 650 sites throughout the State. For more information on how to apply click on this link here.

Anti- Stigma Program

The Anti-Stigma program is a series of workshops designed to reduce and eliminate negative beliefs attached to individuals seeking mental health services in San Diego County.

Cultural Sensitivity Training

The events of September 11th and the arrival of the Iraqi refugees have underscored the importance of Cultural and Sensitivity training and the need to address misconceptions and stereotypes about the Arab and Chaldean culture.

Cross- cultural training is provided to any community organization, San Diego providers, schools, detention camps, resettlement agencies, police departments or any public entity who is interested in the training or comes in contact with this population.

Parenting Workshops

Parenting workshops are designed to provide parents with effective parenting tools to become more engaged in their childrens education and development.


ACCESS is a community based organization founded in 1967 as a non-profit corporation in the State of California and recognized as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Their mission is to provide access to education, workforce training and support services that empowers at-risk youth and young adults-in-transition to achieve self-sufficiency and economic independence. For more information on the program click here.

Multicultural Outreach and Safety Advocated for Improved Communities (MOSAIC Program)

The MOSAIC program aims to strengthen capacity for culturally competent outreach, education, advocacy, and treatment for multi-ethnic and diverse children, youth and non-offending parents. MOSAIC seeks to enhance and/or ensure the safety and security of children, ages 12 or under, who have been exposed or are being exposed to domestic violence, stalking, dating violence, and.or sexual assault. Services may include: mental health assessment, individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy, safety planning, legal services with The Violence Against Women Act(VAWA) applications, assistance in finding local shelters, assistance in filing restraining orders, education of the effects of trauma from domestic violence, community outreach and education of domestic violence, and/or advocacy and resource referrals.

High School Diploma Program

This program based in Diego Valley Public Charters offers a flexible high school program to fit your schedule, credit recovery to return to your previous school, one-on-one teacher mentoring, access to technology, and free tutoring. If your are interested in the high school diploma program and would like more information click on this link here.

Employment Assistance

CMSS offer assistance with resume writing, job counseling, and job searchs.

Ethnic Community Self-Help Programs

Safety Education

This programs seeks to inform the community about ways to maintain safety and how to avoid dangerous situations

Individual Development Accounts Program

Individual Development Accounts (IDA) are matched savings accounts designed to help refugees save for a specific purchase. Under the IDA program, the matching funds, together with the refugee’s own savings from their employment, are available for purchasing one (or more) of four savings goals.

Fundamentals of Engineering

This course review, which will be taught by Jeff Deno, will allow particpants to study and prepare for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam. The course cost is approximately $300 to $350 depending on the amount of participants involved.

First 5 First Steps (Home Visiting Program)

First5This programs includes home visits beginning during pregnancy continuing after the baby is born, information about infant growth and development, baby proofing for safety, parent wellbeing through support and education, access to community services and resources, and great gifts for kids and families. All services are free and voluntary and those who wish to enroll in the program must do so during pregnancy.

San Diego Futures Foundation (SDFF)

SDFFSDFF’s career training and employment programs prepare young adults for occupations that require technology skills and that appeal to a variety of interests and aptitudes. The programs offer clients a variety of services including: classroom and web-based training; industry recognized certification; career exploration opportunities including internships; and job preparation and placement.

Mental Health Services

Mental Health Systems: Families Forward

Services included in this program are as follows: case management, crisis intervention and planning, educational liaison services, information and referrals, linkage and other child-serving agencies and organizations, mental health serices, social rehabilitation, substance abuse treatment, support and education, and treatment groups.

MHSA Behavioral Health Program

CMSS’s Behavioral Health Program is a community-based, comprehensive outpatient program that addresses the mental health needs of our Chaldean and Middle-Eastern communities in San Diego County with a host of services for individuals, couples, families, and refugees. Services included with the program are psychiatric assessment and consultation, psychopharmocological treatment/medication review, individual, marital, and family counseling, psychological consultation, psychological testing and evaluation, community outreach, crisis intervention, psycho-social assessment, education and advocacy, case management and coordination, cultural competency and sensitivity training, grief counseling, substance abuse prevention, acculturation and assimilation groups.

Survivors of Torture

CMSS offers this program to survivors of politically motivated torture. This program seeks to aid in the healing process through psychiatric and social services. At the end of the process we hope to have our clients recover from their past traumas and reassimilate into their community.

Skills Development

This services allows for skill development for loss, depression, and anger management.