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Tip Sheet: Virtual Mental Health Care for Refugee Newcomers: Considerations when making referrals

Author(s): National Newcomer Navigation Network
Date: January 25, 2023
Topic(s): Mental Health and Wellness
This resource, created by N4 (National Newcomer Navigation Network), provides some best practices to providing virtual mental health services to newcomers. Please note: Virtual mental health (VMH) services are provided in ways that do not involve in-person contact between the provider and the service user. VMH services have been found to be effective and satisfactory …

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Guide: Supporting the Mental Health of Refugee Students

Author(s): American Psychiatric Association
Date: January 25, 2023
Topic(s): Child, Youth, and Family Services, Mental Health and Wellness
This resource, created by the American Psychiatric Association, is aimed at educators and mental health professionals. 

Guide: Updated Afghan Eligibility for Selected Benefits Based on Immigration Status: In Brief

Author(s): Congressional Research Service
Date: January 25, 2023
Topic(s): Case Management, Immigration Legal Needs
Subtopic(s): Adjustment of Status, Program Eligibility
This resource, created by the Congressional Research Service, gives an update to the Afghan eligibility for selected benefits, including: Medicaid  Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) Refugee Benefits include Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA), Refugee Medical Assistance (RMA), and Refugee Support Services. …

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Blog Post: Helping Newcomers with the Housing Search

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: January 23, 2023
Topic(s): Housing
With a current rental vacancy rate of just six percent, housing in the United States is difficult to secure. Several factors—credit requirements, income level, transportation needs, and family size, to name a few—further complicate the housing search for newcomers. Finding housing that fits a client’s needs, eligibility, and the housing standards set by the Bureau …

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Blog Post: The Tripledemic: Health Awareness Resources for Service Providers and Their Clients

Date: January 20, 2023
Topic(s): Health
Subtopic(s): COVID-19, Flu
As people gather with loved ones or community members, it is important to note that there is a current surge of three highly contagious respiratory viruses—COVID-19, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and influenza (flu). These viruses can cause similar symptoms and require specific testing to diagnose. This “tripledemic” is leading to a greater number of people …

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Podcast: Literacy for Older Newcomers, What is Practical and Effective

Author(s): Boosting Achievement: The ESL Podcast
Date: January 9, 2023
Topic(s): Adult Education
Subtopic(s): English Language Skills
How can foundational literacy skills be taught to older Emergent Bilingual students? This resources by Boosting Achievement: The ESL Podcast is in direct response to educators and education leaders asking Dr. Carol Salva about phonics instruction (based on what we are hearing from the Science of Reading) and how that makes sense for our Multilingual Learners. 

Blog Post: Are You Serving Afghan Clients with Mental and Behavioral Health Needs? A New National Program Can Help

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: January 4, 2023
Topic(s): Mental Health and Wellness
In Switchboard’s FY23 needs assessment, assisting clients experiencing emotional distress ranked as one of the highest needs for training and technical assistance. Megan Rafferty, Switchboard’s training officer specializing in mental health and wellness, spoke with Rayhana Rahim, PhD, on this topic. Dr. Rahim is Program Manager for the Post-Resettlement Behavioral Health Support Program for Afghan …

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Video: Five Ways the Community Can Help Refugees and Other Newcomers

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: December 30, 2022
Topic(s): Community Engagement
Subtopic(s): Media and Communications, Welcoming Communities
This animated video highlights the important role that community members play in the resettlement process. The video’s goal is to inspire action from supportive communities including welcoming and advocating for newcomers, volunteering time and services, offering housing and employment opportunities, and information about co-sponsorship. This resource can be used by ORR-funded resettlement agencies to help …

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Video: Understanding Newcomer Immigration Statuses

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: December 30, 2022
Topic(s): Community Engagement
Subtopic(s): Media and Communications
This animated video highlights the different humanitarian immigrant pathways that exist in the United States including categories like refugee, asylee, special immigrant visa holder, humanitarian parolees, Cuban/Haitian entrants, and temporary protected status. It provides a basic overview of the criteria that defines each category and acknowledges that each one has implications for receiving ORR benefits. …

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Video: How Resettlement Agencies Work with the U.S. Government

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: December 30, 2022
Topic(s): Community Engagement
Subtopic(s): Media and Communications
This animated video describes the distinct roles of US government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and local communities in assisting newcomers with the resettlement process. It introduces the Office of Refugee Resettlement and explains how resettlement agencies and community groups work together to offer different services and programs that assist with integration efforts. This resource can be …

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