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Office of Refugee Health Overview  

Program Description

The Federal Refugee Act of 1980 created the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to fund and coordinate post-arrival health assessments, time-limited medical services and cash assistance, and other benefits to newly arrived refugees, asylees, and other eligible entrants to help them achieve economic self-sufficiency as quickly as possible after their arrival to the United States.  In California, the Office of Refugee Health (ORH) coordinates the following programs supported with ORR funds:

  • Refugee Health Assessment Program (RHAP)

  • Impacted local health jurisdictions provide culturally and linguistically-appropriate comprehensive health assessments to newly arrived refugees, asylees, federally-certified victims of severe forms of trafficking, and other eligible entrants.  The RHAP focuses on screening of and prevention of communicable diseases; early identification and diagnosis of chronic diseases and other important conditions; assessment of immunization status for children and adults; mental health screening; and referral to health providers for further medical evaluation, treatment, and follow-up. 
    In coordination with the Department of Health Care Services, Medi-Cal Eligibility Division, the RHP provides time-limited RMA-based Medi-Cal benefits to refugees, asylees, federally-certified victims of human trafficking, and other entrants who are not eligible to receive Title XIX Medi-Cal benefits.  This benefit is available only for the first eight months from the date admitted to the U.S. or from the date of certification.


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