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Switchboard: Resources for Serving Afghan Clients

Switchboard recently published two blog posts aimed at service providers supporting clients and recent arrivals from Afghanistan. A Round-Up of Resources for Serving Afghan Evacuees shares federal policies, cultural orientation resources, and economic empowerment and digital inclusion resources. It includes a focus on resources available in Dari and Pashto. Supporting Clients and Staff Affected by the Crisis in Afghanistan provides tips that may be helpful to program staff and leaders as they seek to care for clients and staff affected by the situation in Afghanistan.

Updates on COVID-19 Resources

National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants (NRC-RIM) COVID-19 resources for Afghan new arrivals and Back to School Updated 8/24/21

COVID-19 resources for Afghan new arrivals

  • Refugee resettlement agencies, local governments and community organizations are providing housing, clothing, healthcare, transportation and other resources that cover the basic needs of the Afghan new arrivals who have been displaced from their home country.
  • The National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants and Migrants (NRC-RIM) can only provide resources related to COVID-19, and acknowledge that

Afghan SIV Information

Attached please find Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) 21-16 Clarification Related to Afghan SQ/SI Parolees Eligibility for RCA/RMA. It will be posted to the DCL page of the ORR web site in the near future (https://www.acf.hhs.gov/orr/policy-guidance/dear-colleague-letter). Please distribute as appropriate to your networks as these individuals have begun arriving to their resettlement locations within the United States. Contact ORR’s Refugee Policy Unit (RefugeePolicy@acf.hhs.gov) with any questions.

Attached please find FAQs and related resources for Afghan SIVs being processed out of Fort Lee.

Post COVID-19 SoT Program Reopening Considerations

In a recent meeting of Survivors of Torture (SoT) programs, there were a range of approaches shared about returning to in-person work since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Some programs are taking a slow, tiered approach to reopening, with some staff returning to the office, while others remain remote. Others are opening offices for staff but continuing to see clients via telehealth. Some are waiting until September, after children return to school. Here are some of the considerations discussed by SoT programs and Dr.

Post COVID-19 Re-entry with Blended/Hybrid Telehealth

By Eugene F. Augusterfer and Richard F. Mollica

First, let us start by defining blended or hybrid telehealth. As the name suggests, blended or hybrid telehealth is a combination of traditional face-to-face clinical encounters blended with virtual or telehealth encounters. When possible, it is best to have an initial meeting face-to-face, then move to telehealth meetings. Studies and experience have demonstrated that while using telehealth, occasional face-to-face meetings mixed with telehealth meetings is more efficacious.

Telehealth Tips

(Updated 8/2/2021)

While some of you have been using teletherapy for a long time, many therapists have had to switch over very quickly from in-person consultations, to online or telephone consultations. Below are tips that can be of use to you in providing teletherapy, whether you have been practicing it for a long time, or you are brand new to the process.

Center for Victims of Torture Literature Selection Q2 2021

This document is a resource for current literature, April - June, on the topic of the mental health status of and treatments for torture survivors, war trauma survivors, refugees, and asylum seekers. This also includes research in the area of social work that relates directly to the psychological well-being of these populations. The compilation below includes peer reviewed journal article citations in these areas and links to the publicly available abstracts and full text versions of these articles. It does not currently include articles on policy and advocacy.

COVID-19 Guidance on Re-Opening or Expanding In-Person Services

Many SoT programs are contemplating re-opening or expanding in-person services in the near future and may have questions about doing that safely and ethically. At this point, there is no blanket guidance for federal grantees other than following the CDC, state, and local guidelines.  Below are some preliminary thoughts that have come from our friends at ORR that may be useful. This will also be a topic in the next ORR Virtual Town Meeting for SoT grantee organizations.

Masks are still required in healthcare settings, schools, and public transportation.

In general, social service providers

Supporting ORR's UC Program

Dear Resettlement Agencies and Refugee Program Discretionary Grantees,

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has learned that there is a strong interest to support increasing provider participation in the Unaccompanied Children (UC) program. ORR is working diligently to expand our licensed bed capacity and other support resources, and we recognize that a lot of you have been fielding questions about this, or are interested in helping yourself, and we hope that the following information will be helpful to you. 

Below are categories and options for an organization to work with the ORR to expand

New Publications in Intervention Journal

“A Field Report on the Pilot Implementation of Problem Management Plus with Lay Providers in an Eritrean Refugee Setting in Ethiopia” - This report covers a pilot training program that was conducted with paraprofessionals working with Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia, focused on skills and delivery of the Problem Management Plus (PM+) intervention, which focuses on mental health needs in humanitarian crises, including COVID response. Authors Frezgi Gebrekristos, MA, EQUIP focal person, CVT Ethiopia-Tigray; Liyam Eloul, MA, clinical advisor; and Shannon Golden, PH.D., research associate; write about the project and lessons learned. Download the PDF here.

“Development of a Tool to Assess Competencies of Problem Management Plus Facilitators Using Observed Standardised Role Plays: The EQUIP Competency Rating Scale for Problem Management Plus”

Switchboard Blog: Responding to Questions and Concerns about the COVID-19 Vaccine, Including During Ramadan

Responding to Questions and Concerns about the COVID-19 Vaccine, Including During Ramadan
NRC-RIM

This blog post features tips and resources to help refugee service providers address questions and concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine. It includes customizable communications templates and campaigns, responses to common client questions, videos addressing concerns about vaccines and Ramadan, and more!

CVT Literature Selection Q1 2021

This document is a resource for current literature, January through March, on the topic of the mental health status of and treatments for torture survivors, war trauma survivors, refugees, and asylum seekers. This also includes research in the area of social work that relates directly to the psychological well-being of these populations. The compilation below includes peer reviewed journal article citations in these areas and links to the publicly available abstracts and full text versions of these articles. It does not currently include articles on policy and advocacy.

New American Neighbors video outreach project on COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy

Our friends at the New American Neighbors video outreach project have just produced and posted a set of nine videos concerning COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy. The videos are in Amharic, Arabic, Dari, French, Nepali, Pashtu, Somali, Spanish, and Tigrinya. Videos in Burmese and Karen will be added soon.

Each video addresses the facts that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective, and has been scientifically tested.

For Providers on Telehealth.HHS.gov: New Telebehavioral Health Care Best Practice Guide

clipart of a person on a telehealth callTelehealth.HHS.gov has added a new best practice guide on telehealth for behavioral health care. Behavioral health – like other areas of health care – has changed significantly due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. It is now easier for mental health providers to offer and get reimbursed for telebehavioral health services. Telehealth can also make behavioral health services safer and more private and convenient for patients who can access care from their home. Find resources in the telebehavioral health best practice guide on getting started, developing a strategy, billing, preparing

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