Refugee and Immigrant Center for Healing (RICH) - Trauma Systems Therapy for Refugee Youth Program
Jewish Family Services of Western New York will implement the Trauma Systems Therapy for Refugees (TST-R) evidence-based model to assist local refugee and immigrant youth (ages 5-21) and their families from the Bhutanese, Somali, Congolese, Iraqi, and Syrian communities. The program aims to increase alignment and enhance collaboration among local resettlement agencies, public schools, ethnic and community-based organizations, and behavioral healthcare providers to serve 400 individuals annually, via a wide range of community-based and clinical interventions.
This project will result in the development of a system of care that more effectively responds to the complex needs of refugee and immigrant youth impacted by trauma and their families by focusing on three (3) primary goals: 1) Development of a network of culturally responsive engagement and community-level mental health services; 2) Increased identification of mental health concerns and access to effective treatment for refugee and immigrant youth; and 3) Improved overall mental health and quality of life for refugee and immigrant youth and their families. Toward this end, TST-R will incorporate use of cultural brokers and train culturally-responsive clinicians to support youth and parent skill-building; reduce barriers to treatment through formal partnerships, referral systems, and culturally-responsive professional development; and provide appropriate care to those in need.