Immigration activists just got $307,000 from HHS by asserting that stress and anxiety among illegals amounts to “an acute mental health crisis.”
Santa Fe New Mexican – Amid an ongoing immigration debate and sharp divisions over the president’s declaration last month of a border security emergency, a contingent of Northern New Mexicans has begun making monthly trips to the southern border to address what immigrant advocates and Border Security officials agree has reached a crisis level: a surge of families and unaccompanied children seeking refuge.
A team of social workers, therapists and volunteers are helping these mostly Central American asylum-seekers — many of whom fled violence in their home countries and traveled thousands of miles in dangerous conditions to reach the border — navigate the U.S. immigration court system.
They are also sharing information about a nationwide network of trauma-informed support to aid immigrants when they reach their destination in the U.S.
Las Cumbres [“The Hills”], a nearly half-century-old organization that provides an array of family support services, received a $307,000 federal grant in December from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to aid immigrant families that have been separated while awaiting a decision on their request for refuge … (Story continues below)
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“These families and these unaccompanied minors have a significant amount of trauma,” said Stacey Frymier, Las Cumbres’ director of child and family services. “Not only what happened on the immigration journey, but what happened in their home country that caused them to leave …”
“What is happening at the border is an acute mental health crisis,” Frymier said. “Our role is to provide children and families with a mental health intervention and trauma screening, and then provide a list of referrals of shelters and sites that can help out wherever they end up in the U.S.”
The team members working through Santuario del Corazón [“Sanctuary of the Heart”] are sharing information about the network’s centers with unaccompanied minors and families seeking asylum …
In Northern New Mexico, Las Cumbres provides mental health care; home visiting for new parents; infant and toddler health and development screenings and therapy; other family interventions; and services for adults with developmental disabilities. Read more.
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