Chaldean & Middle Eastern Social Services

General Information
Description of AgencyServes over 17,000 refugees and immigrants each year through its offices in El Cajon in East San Diego County. Services include behavioral health care for adults and children; treatment and case management for victims of torture; intervention; translation/interpretation, immigration, acculturation, advocacy and other support services; and cultural sensitivity training to staff of public and community-based agencies serving the Middle Eastern community.
MissionTo help communities maximize their potential toward a better way of life, as well as to facilitate assimilation and educate Chaldeans and Middle-Easterners into American society by providing them with the tools and programs necessary for success.
HistoryThe Chaldean and Middle-Eastern Social Services (CMSS) is a 501(c)3 that has been serving the San Diego refugee and immigrant community since 2005.

CMSS was founded as a non-profit corporation in 2005 by a grass-roots group of community residents concerned with the plight of Iraqi and Middle Eastern refugees and the lack of culturally and linguistically appropriate local services available to them. Working as an all-volunteer organization for the first two years, CMSS provided cultural assimilation, immigration, and advocacy on a limited basis.

CMSS has been operating an ORR funded Ethnic Community Self-Help Program since FY 2010-11. Funded to serve 550 Arabic-speaking refugees each year, CMSS exceeded its goal in FYs2010-11 and 2011-12, and is well on its way to exceeding it again this year.

In 2007 CMSS was awarded a seven-year contract with San Diego County Behavioral Health Division, Health and Human Services Agency to provide behavioral health services to 300 adult Middle Eastern refugees each year.

Services include: assessment, individual and group treatment, psychotherapy, medication support, case management, crisis intervention, rehabilitative and recovery activities, as well as conducting cultural orientation trainings to county mental health providers. Also available are substance abuse and domestic violence assessments and support groups to educate, prevent, and decrease stigma associated with mental illness. This contract was expanded in 2008 to serve 50 children in the Cajon Valley/Grossmont School District and to conduct cross-cultural staff/parent trainings.
Funded ByCounty of San Diego & ORR
Licensed ByState of California
Agency TypeIncorporated Non-profit 501 (c)3
Client Information
Languages SpokenArabric and Chaldean
Hours of Operation9:00 am-5:00 pm Monday-Friday
Contact Information
Contact's NameBesma Coda
Contact's PositionCOO
Contact's Phone(619) 631-7400
Physical Site Address 1436 South Magnolia Avenue, Suite 201
Physical Site City, State, ZipEl Cajon, CA 92020
Main Phone(619) 631-7400
Fax(619) 631-7402
Director Information
Director's NameZina Salem
Director's PositionCEO
Director's Phone(619) 631-7400
Additional Information
Last Complete Agency Update Date10/23/2016
Affiliated Programs and Services
This Agency: Chaldean & Middle Eastern Social Services
Affiliated Programs: Food Distribution Program
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Affiliated Services: Food Distribution Program, Chaldean & Middle Eastern Social Services
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