Sunday, February 25th, 2018

Refugee Mental Health: Program Challenges

Integrating refugee mental health programs and services with other services through strong partnerships and collaborations is important, and, raises many challenges. This panel of presenters from three states who have implemented refugee mental health programs in the past seven years will discuss the challenges they continue to encounter to meet the increasing mental health needs of newly resettled refugees. The presenters will discuss a continuum of challenges such as:

  1. The logistical aspects of setting up adjustment support groups in Maryland for newly arrived refugees, including selecting topics to address in groups, selecting providers, working with partner agencies, measuring outcomes, and interpretation in group settings
  2. Funding challenges that have negatively impacted the implementation of the RHS 15 in Georgia
  3. Challenges in creating and maintaining access to interpretation services in New Mexico, as well as logistical challenges to maintaining a program in a state with limited refugee knowledge and “buy-in”

Learning Objectives:

  1. Exposure to key challenges in providing quality mental health services to the refugee population
  2. Learning about creative ways that states have responded to these challenges
  3. Learning about innovative mental health programming being implemented in refugee communities across the United States
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