Asylum seekers often have limited access to mental health assessments and care, despite their extensive histories of trauma and persecution. Accessing low cost legal and health care that supports individuals through the asylum process is essential for accessing safety. Financial constraints, language barriers, and fear often keep asylum seekers from accessing the help they need. Beginning August 1, 2021, Hamm Clinic is expanding our clinical assessment program to provide documentation for U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that describes the psychological impact of trauma on individuals seeking asylum. We anticipate that this pilot project will grow to meet the needs of many in our community.
Please contact our intake department to request assistance with asylum documentation and to learn about our options to make the assessment financially accessible.
Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Mount Sinai Community Foundation, a designated fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation.