Funded primarily by the Mental Health Board of St. Louis through its Community Mental Health Fund, the Care Access for New Americans (CANA) program provides critical services to immigrants and refugees. Together with a grant from the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), a system of care for foreign-born residents of St. Louis has been established that includes the following services:
• Outreach and enrollment
• Mental health counseling (both individual and group) for adults and children
• Services to torture survivors that includes case management, citizenship tutoring, mental health counseling, psychiatry, asylum and citizenship-related legal services, connection to housing, medical/dental care, and supported employment
• Referral to other community resources
• Professional language interpretation and translation services.
Bilingual International Assistant Services is proud to partner with other CANA/Survivors system providers to offer individual and group mental health counseling for adults in a culturally and linguistically appropriate setting. Consumers report that they feel connected, able to share the horrible experiences they have encountered, and can begin healing the wounds left by war trauma, the resettlement process, and the many losses encountered in their lives.
Most services are provided only to City of St. Louis residents. However, services funded by the federal grant are offered to City and St. Louis County residents.
The Mental Health Board is an Associate Member of the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs (NCTTP) and provides expertise to the National Capacity Building effort of the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) in Minneapolis. MHB’s program is nationally recognized for providing support for multiple agencies with a single integrated approach.
Other Impact Areas Addressed by CANA Include:
- Foreign-born persons and those who have survived torture have safe, accessible, affordable housing.
- Foreign-born persons are employable and employed
- Foreign-born persons achieve and sustain progress toward recovery
To visit the CANA website click here.