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Measure Title: Refugee Resettlement Cash, Medical and Social Service Assistance Services
Office(s): Office of Multicultural Affairs
Definition: Total dollars and people served by Federal Fiscal Year for the Refugee Resettlement Cash and Medical Assistance Services; Total dollars administered by State Fiscal Year to fund contracts under the Refugee Social Services contracts
Data Source: Automated Client Eligibility System (ACES) for total dollars and participants in the Cash and Medical Assistance services; Advantage ME funds expended for Refugee Social Services under contracts
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Federal Fiscal Year runs from October 1 to September 30

State Fiscal Year runs from July 1 – June 30

The Cash and Medical Assistance program is administered by the Office of Integrated Access and Support (OIAS), where calculation of benefits is the same as TANF Single adults, intact families and childless couples may be eligible as well as a child without parents.

This does not include the Refugee Medical Screening Services provided through Maine CDC Public Health Nurses

This measure shows Federal funding expenditures.

See why this measure is important, the State's role, and what influences this measure.


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Why is this measure important?

A refugee is defined as a person who has been forced to leave his/her native country because of a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality or political opinion, or who being outside his/her native country cannot return due to a well founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality or political opinion.

A primary refugee is a refugee who arrives directly from a country of asylum ( refugee camp).

Secondary migrant refugee is a person who entered the United States as a refugee and was resettled in one state, but then chose to move to another state.

Eligible recipients under the refugee-funded programs include:

  • Refugees
  • Asylees
  • Cuban/Haitian Entrants
  • Amerasians
  • Victims of Human Trafficking
  • Survivors of Torture
What is the State’s Role in this measure?

The Refugee Resettlement Program, which is housed in the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Multicultural Affairs, helps refugee families attain economic independence and cultural adjustment as soon as possible after their arrival in the United States. Funding for the Refugee Resettlement Program is provided through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Refugee Resettlement

Refugees determined ineligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and MaineCare may be eligible for Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) and Refugee Medical Assistance (RMA) for up to eight (8) months from the date of arrival in the U.S., date of final grant of asylum for asylees and date of certification for trafficking victims. Cash and Medical Assistance funds also pay for the medical screening costs for refugees through the Maine CDC’s Public Health Nursing Program, so that contagious diseases and medical conditions that may be barriers to refugees are identified and treated.

The Refugee Social Services program supports employability services and other services that address participants’ barriers to employment such as social adjustment services, interpretation and translation and English Language Learning (ELL). Employability services are designed to enable refugees to obtain jobs within one year of becoming enrolled in services. Service priorities are (a) all newly arriving refugees during their first year in the U.S. who apply for services; (b) refugees who are receiving RCA and TANF (c) unemployed refugees who are not receiving RCA and TANF and (d) employed refugees in need of services to retain employment or to attain economic independence.

Refugee Social Services is administered under contract by Catholic Charities Maine Refugee and Immigration Services.

What Influences this measure? Federal determinations on placements for primary and secondary refugees. For the fiscal year 2009, approximately 260 primary refugees and more than 600 secondary migrants were resettled in Maine.