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Request for Applications: Refugee Mental Health Initiative

Cypress Resilience Project and Sehat Initiative - both programs at Public Health Institute - are pleased to announce the opening of a Request for Applications for the Refugee and Afghan Humanitarian Parole and SIV Mental Health Initiative.


$3,000,000 over 2 years

11/28/2022 - 9/30/2024

Applications CLOSED with the exception of programs in

Los Angeles County


In partnership with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Office of Refugee Health (ORH) the project seeks applications from agencies with experience and expertise serving Afghan and other refugee communities with a directed focus on supporting their mental health needs.


This program will build capacity in California to respond to the mental health needs of refugee and Afghan populations specifically in San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Santa Clara, Contra Costa, Alameda, Sacramento, and Stanislaus counties. 


As a program of Public Health Institute, Cypress is honored to partner with Sehat Initiative to lead this project. We look forward to serving organizations who directly support the mental health needs of Afghan and other refugee communities within California.   


Eligible applicants include nonprofit private or public organizations, including local and/or regional community-based organizations, with demonstrated experience in providing culturally and linguistically proficient counseling and services with a trauma-informed approach to refugee populations in one of the following counties:   Alameda, Contra Costa, Los Angeles, Orange, Sacramento, San Diego, Santa Clara, Stanislaus


Applicants must be able to demonstrate all of the following:

  • Have an existing infrastructure to provide non-clinical emotional and mental health support counseling services, or clinical counseling where culturally and linguistically appropriate services are unavailable

  • Already provide non-clinical emotional and mental health counseling services or clinical counseling where culturally and linguistically appropriate services are unavailable in the identified counties,

  • Provide culturally and linguistically congruent services for refugee communities, specifically including Afghan refugees.

Deadlines & Other Details

  • Application deadline has been extended for Los Angeles County only. Applications from Los Angeles County must be submitted by email to by 5:00 pm (PST), 3/27/2023. Applications for all other program locations are now CLOSED.

  • Refer to Application and Submission Information in the RFA for application submission format details

  • It should be noted that grantees must be able to implement their program immediately upon the fully executed agreement. 

Additional Questions?

Please direct all inquiries to:

To help expedite the response time, please be as specific as possible when submitting your question.



Applications for Los Angeles County programs are due by 5:00 pm PST on Monday, March 27, 2023. Applications from all other locations remain CLOSED.

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