In 1990, concerned Asian American/Pacific Islanders (AAPI) and King County’s Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse formed the King County Asian and Pacific Islander Alcohol/ Drug Task Force (APIAD). The purpose of the task force was to address alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use in the AAPI community.
In 1992, the task force restructured into an independent functioning group and changed its name to Washington Asian Pacific Islander Families Against Substance Abuse (WAPIFASA). WAPIFASA became a non-profit corporation in 1993 and received its 501(c)(3) tax exempt status in 1994. In May 1996, WAPIFASA became a Washington state certified chemical dependency provider.
WAPIFASA was awarded a King County contract in 1996. Since then, WAPIFASA has been providing outpatient treatment to AAPI children/youth.
In 2005, WAPIFASA broadened its target population to include all youth of color.
WAPIFASA changed its name to WAPI Community Services in 2009.
In 2019, WAPI opened up our Substance Use Disorder Program to serve adults. This way our youth won't ever age out of our services as needed and we are better equipped to serve whole families and communities.
Right before 2019 ended, WAPI also became a state-licensed Mental Health Service Provider.