Dates of Project: 2005—2011
Field of Work: Providing mental health and human services for immigrants and refugees.
Problem Synopsis: More than 30 million immigrants and refugees live in the United States. Refugees in particular suffer a high prevalence of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD), panic attacks, and traumatic brain injuries, according to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Synopsis of the Work: In 2005, the Center for Multicultural Human Services began to develop a training and technical assistance program to help mental health and human service providers respond effectively to the mental health and other needs of immigrants and refugees. In April 2008, the center closed, and Northern Virginia Family Service assumed responsibility for completing the development and implementation of the program.