Immigrant, Refugee, Undocumented Outreach (IRUO) Program of Seattle Counseling Service


Grantee: Seattle Counseling Service
Timeframe: July 2019 – November 2021 | Total Amount: $266,829

Year 1: July 2019 – June 2020. Amount: $110,000
Year 2: July 2020 – June 2021. Amount: $104,329
Year 3: July 2021 – November 2021. Amount: $52,500


The Immigrant, Refugee, Undocumented Outreach Program is a community program working to increase and improve access to culturally and linguistically competent behavioral health services to immigrant, refugee, and undocumented community members.

The goal of IRUO is to improve the behavioral health and well-being of LGBTQ/IRU individuals by providing culturally relevant and linguistically fluent behavioral health and addiction services, case management support, and the knowledge and tools IRUs need to self-advocate effectively for their continuous well-being. IRUO therapeutic and case management services will identify, assess, and treat IRUs struggling with elevated suicide risk/ideation, substance use, sleep issues, anxiety/fear, increased stress levels, depression/hopelessness, threatening and/or abusive behavior, PTSD, and post-detention disorders. This next direct service aspect of the program is based on the IRUO research SCS conducted that identified the needs of LGBTQ immigrant, refugee, and undocumented individuals in King County.


About Our Grantee

Seattle Counseling Service

Seattle Counseling Service is a community based organization that has been dedicated to promoting health and wellness within the LGBTQ community for 45 years. They are committed to providing accessible services, offering a sliding fee scale in addition to accepting Medicaid and many insurance plans. Founded in 1969, Seattle Counseling Service is proud to be the oldest LGBTQ-focused community mental health agency in the world.

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