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Programs and Funding

  • CRSP has a FFY 2011 budget of $19,470,172
  • CRSP is 100% federally funded, and receives no Colorado General Fund
  • Only CRSP’s TANF funding is appropriated by the Colorado State Legislature
  • All non-TANF funding is listed in the Long Bill for illustration purposes only
  • All non-TANF funding is formula or discretionary from Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)

Wilson-Fish: $3,342,403 – The thirteen national Wilson-Fish (WF) programs receive discretionary grants and are an alternative to the traditional state administered refugee resettlement program for providing cash assistance and social services to refugees. The purpose of the WF program is to encourage innovative strategies that increase refugee prospects for early employment and self-sufficiency, and promote coordination among voluntary resettlement agencies and service providers. The program provides Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA), case management and state administration for those refugees who are not eligible for TANF and Basic Cash Assistance.

Refugee Social Services: $1,617,208 – The Refugee Social Services (RSS) program allocates formula funds to states to serve refugees who have been in the U.S. less than five years. This program supports employability services and other services that address participants’ barriers to employment, such as case management, English classes, social adjustment services, interpretation and translation services, day care for children, citizenship and naturalization services, etc. Employability services are designed to enable refugees to obtain jobs within one year of becoming enrolled in services. The initial TANF funding appropriated to CRSP was intended to augment RSS funding to serve TANF-eligible refugees.

Targeted Assistance Grant: $1,095,531 – The Targeted Assistance program (TAG) allocates formula funds to states that qualify for additional funds due to an influx of refugee arrivals and a high concentration of refugees in county jurisdictions with high utilization of public assistance. In Colorado, only services in Denver County meet the criteria for funding through this formula. TAG services are the same as Refugee Social Services and are intended to assist refugees obtain employment within one year's participation in the program and to achieve self-sufficiency.


Cash and Medical Assistance: $7,726,696 – The Cash and Medical Assistance (CMA) program provides reimbursement to states and alternative refugee assistance programs for 100% of Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) [unless RCA is received through the Wilson-Fish program], Refugee Medical Assistance (RMA), and Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URM) program services, as well as associated administrative costs. ORR clients determined ineligible for TANF and Medicaid may be eligible for RCA and RMA for up to eight 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. CMA also reimburses states for medical screening costs through local public health clinics so that contagious diseases and medical conditions that may be a barrier to refugees are identified and treated.


Preventive Health: $95,000 – The refugee Preventive Health programs receive discretionary grants to reduce the spread of infectious disease, treat any current ailments, and promote preventive health practices for good health to facilitate refugees’ full participation in activities that encourage self-sufficiency and integration. Services include health screening for contagious diseases with associated preventive care treatment, health assessments for chronic and other health conditions harmful to refugees' health, interpreter services, information and referral to local health centers/clinics and Medicaid providers, and follow-up services to ensure appropriate treatment. The program also supports health education and orientation and implementation of coordinated health projects with other federal and state offices.


Refugee School Impact Grant: $450,000 – The Refugee School Impact programs receive discretionary grants to support impacted school districts with the funds necessary to pay for activities that will lead to the effective integration and education of refugee children. Services target school-age refugees between the ages of five and eighteen years of age and within the first three years after their arrival in the United States, by providing program activities that include English as a Second Language instruction, after-school tutorials, programs that encourage high school completion and full participation in school activities, after-school and/or summer clubs and activities, parental involvement programs, bilingual/bicultural counselors, interpreter services and other services.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families: $5,143,334 – The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds that CRSP receives are appropriated by the Colorado State Legislature from the federal TANF block grant to Colorado, and currently come out of the state long-term reserve. Of this total amount, $2,805,334 is in the Long Bill based on past decision items specific to CRSP, and $2,338,000 is the SFY 2010-11 amount carried forward for CRSP from the 1331 TANF Emergency Fund Initiate (which created eligibility to access American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds). Per a Policy Advisory Committee recommendation and a Colorado Department of Human Services Executive Director decision, and subsequent State Rules, the counties continue to approve eligibility for TANF and pay Basic Cash Assistance, while CRSP provides case management and workforce activities. CRSP currently uses its TANF funds for two purposes: 1) Assist the special needs and strengths of refugees as they pursue self-sufficiency (through such programs as: voluntary agency case management, English as a Second Language training, cultural orientation and pre-employment training, employment training, health professional recertification and entrepreneurial services); 2) Assist refugees sustain Basic Cash Assistance and meet work participation rate requirements (through such programs as: voluntary agency TANF eligibility and workforce case management, supportive services, community work experience programs).