Photograph of a Client Signing In at the Front Desk of CBRSMission & Goals

The Center for Behavioral Research and Services (CBRS) is a multi-function unit dedicated to psycho-social research and services related to community health and social problems. The establishment of this unit was prompted and facilitated by the 1994 merger of the California State University, Long Beach-based AIDS Research and Education Project and the Long Beach AIDS Network, a community-based HIV service organization originally founded by the City of Long Beach's Department of Health and Human Services. The overall goal of the Center is to conduct social and behavioral research on issues affecting individual and community health and well-being, and to provide related services. The initial focus of the Center has been the coordination and expansion of local HIV research and services targeting under-served populations, including injection and other drug users, their sexual partners, commercial sex workers, others at risk for HIV infection, and persons with HIV. The focus has been broadened to address other community problems and issues such as the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.

The specific purposes of CBRS are:

  • To further the understanding of community health threats, such as substance use, HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, through applied social science research. Areas of study include the psychological, behavioral and social factors related to these health threats, prevention of the threats, their relationship to other social and health problems, and their impact on the community.
  • To develop and evaluate the effectiveness of model programs to reduce threats to community health and well-being within the Long Beach community for application to other communities.
  • To increase faculty and inter-departmental involvement in community-based research.
  • To provide mental health, social, preventive, and other supportive services to undeserved people, such as persons with or at risk for HIV and their families, with an emphasis on drug users, people of color, and others whose access to such services may be limited.