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Interpretation Services: Health Care

interpretation services: Officials confirmed the government is on track to meet its target, and that 81 per cent of the 807 people resettled so far are Yazidi, according to CBC. But under questioning from MPs today, officials outlined challenges with the complex resettlement process, ranging from translation and interpretation services, to medical treatment to specialized trauma and mental health care. MPs on the immigration committee are receiving briefings this week on Canada's special program to bring 1,200 Yazidis and other survivors of ISIS by the end of the year. While health services are normally covered by the provinces and territories, the federal government provides funding for refugees through an interim federal health care program. What the Canadian Mental Health Association has told us is in situations like this, you have the initial euphoria when people arrive in Canada, and then their mental health needs resurface six to 24 months in, said Dawn Edlund, a senior operations official with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel let out an audible gasp when an immigration department official revealed that fewer than five resettled Yazidis have accessed individualized counselling. ( As reported in the news.