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Peter Wei-Teh Chen

Peter Wei-Teh Chen, Chinese mental health services administrator. Recipient numerous community service awards, 4 special awards National Association County Organization.


Chen, Peter Wei-Teh was born on July 20, 1942 in Fuchow, Fukien, China. Came to the United States, 1966, naturalized. Son of Mao-Chuang and Sheu-Lin (Wang) Chen.


Bachelor in Sociology & Social Work, National Taipei University, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China, 1964. Master of Social Work, California State University, Fresno, 1968. Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work, University Southern California, Los Angeles, 1976.


Case worker Catholic Welfare Bureau, Los Angeles, 1968-1969. Psychiatric social worker Central Juvenile Hall, Los Angeles County Mental Health Services, 1969—1971, senior psychiatric social worker, 1972—1975. Mental health services coordinator Judicial & Legislation Bureau, Los Angeles County Mental Health Services, 1976—1977.

Senior research analyst Judicial and Legislation Bureau Los Angeles County Department Mental Health, 1976—1979. Forensic In-Patient Program director Los Angeles County Department Mental Health, 1979-1986. Chief Jail Mental Health Services, 1986-1989.

Assistant deputy director Adult Service Bureau Los Angeles County Department Mental Health, 1989, director case management program, 1989—1995, director community care programs, 1995—2004. Clinical professor department psychiatry Harbor/University of California at Los Angeles Medical Center, 1997—2004. Retired, 2004

President Orient Social and Health Society, Los Angeles, 1973-1975.

Board directors American Correctional Health Association, 1986-1987. Adviser, AIDs Commission, Los Angeles County, 1989. Second lieutenant Chinese Marine Corps.

China, 1964-1965, Taiwan.


Board directors San Marino (California) Community Chest, 1986-1987. Trustee San Marino Schools Foundation, 1987-1990. Advisor San Marino United Way, 1989-1992, 1993.

Founder, past chairman, board directors Chinese School of San Marino, 1981-2001. Member National Association Social Workers (board directors California chapter 1979-1980), National Correctional Health Association, Forensic Mental Health Association California, Los Angeles World Affairs Council, Chinese American Professional Society (president 1997-1998, chairman board directors 1998-2000), Chinese American Human Services Association (chairman board directors 1998-2000, president 2001-2002). Clubs: Chinese Club San Marino (California) (president 1987-1988), San Marino City Club.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: sports, fishing, bridge.


Married Lai-Wah Mui, November 8, 1969. Children: Ophelia Mei-Chuang Chen, Audrey Mei-Hui Chen.