Ukrainian Community Center of Washington Programs
Mental Health Services
Ukrainian Community Center of Washington (UCCW), ethnic based and Washington State Department of Health Licensed mental health agency, located in King County, provides culturally and linguistically relevant mental health services and support to the refugee and immigrant groups of all ages. We help individuals overcome depression, isolation, anxiety, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other acculturation and assimilation stressors related disorders.
UCCW is BIA (Board of Immigration Appeals) accredited agency and helps eligible refugees become naturalized, adjust their immigration status, and help with family petitions. Specifically, UCCW’s professional staff helps with the process of filling out necessary forms, follow-up and legal representation of clients when necessary. English Civics and Citizenship classes are available to those who are eligible.
Social services impact all age groups: children and youth, families, and seniors. These services are Early Learning Program, Youth Seminars, Assistance in accessing State and Federal benefits, Parenting Education, Domestic Violence, Housing Stabilization, Congregate Meal Programs for seniors, Nutrition Education and Enhance Fitness Programs for seniors and Information and referral Services. All of the services are provided in the culturally and linguistically appropriate manner.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Recently, our organization applied as an agency and became Washington State Licensed Mental Health Provider. Also, UCCW has signed a formal agreement with Valley City Counseling to provide mental health to refugee and immigrant populations. Finally, most importantly, our agency is the one agency in Washington State providing Professional Counseling Services to refugee and immigrant population which are culturally and linguistically appropriate. Our Counselor is tri-lingual (Ukrainian/Russian/English speaking) and share similar cultural background that of our community. In addition, he completed the degree of Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology. Our organization’s biggest need is the outreach to the refugee and immigrant families in need who are battling against their own ‘stigma’ of mental health.