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Refugee Mental Health

Refugees can be at higher risk for developing mental health problems as a result of experiencing war, persecution, and oppression in their country of origin. The cumulative effects of fleeing to safety, leaving one’s home, living in refugee camps, being in constant transition, feeling in limbo, resettling in a new country, and living in social isolation, compounds mental health issues among refugees.

Unfortunately, many refugees do not seek or receive mental health services for a variety of reasons: they may not acknowledge mental illness as a problem; they are not familiar with seeking help for mental illness; or they are unable to find culturally-appropriate mental health service providers.

The Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance contracts with three community mental health organizations to provide Refugee Mental Health services in King County, where the largest population of refugee resides.

Services are provided by professionally trained and certified mental health counselors and include:

  • Screening and assessment
  • Diagnosing and developing individualized treatment plans for participants
  • One-on-one counseling sessions
  • Crisis intervention
  • Consultation during psychiatric hospitalization
  • Group counseling

For more information about these services, please click on one of our providers listed below:

Asian Counseling & Referral Services

Lutheran Community Services Northwest

Refugee Women's Alliance

ORIA Program Manager Contact Information:

Teresa Fiorini

(206) 568-5763

teresa.fiorini@dshs.wa.gov