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More counselors needed for children in U.S. border detention facilities, ACA CEO Says

by Kathie Felix | Jan 08, 2019
American Counseling Association Chief Executive Officer Richard Yep recently sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, urging HHS to increase the number of mental health counselors at influx care facilities in the United States housing unaccompanied children who have crossed the U.S. border.
Yep’s December letter came in response to a Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report that found an insufficient number of mental health clinicians at the Tornillo influx care facility for refugee children at the Texas border. The OIG noted in that report that, in October, the facility had a ratio of one clinician for every 55 children at the facility (1:55), rather than the one clinician to 12 children (1:12) generally required by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).

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