Services and Resources

The Refugee Programs Bureau (RPB) provides services to counties and stakeholders throughout California to administer the Refugee Resettlement Program (RRP).  The RRP provides culturally-sensitive and linguistically-appropriate programs and services to assist refugees and other vulnerable populations to adjust socially in the United States (U.S.), and attain the skills needed for finding employment and becoming self-sufficient as quickly as possible after their arrival to the U.S.  

RPB Vision:

Empowering individuals to successfully transition and grow in California communities.

RPB Mission:

It is the RPB's mission to provide state-level leadership and coordination of refugee programs and services to achieve successful refugee resettlement and self-sufficiency in California.  

The RPB offers the following services to counties and service providers:

  • RRP/CHEP and subprogram guidance
  • Policy Interpretations
  • Program Consultations
  • Monitoring
  • Training, outreach, technical assistance


Best Practices:

Do you have best practices to share?  Use the Contact Us page to send us your best practices and we will share them on our website or through email.

Employment Resources:

This month we are highlighting Higher Advantage who provides workforce solutions for newly resettled refugees.  Visit their website for more information.

Resource Guide for Stakeholders and Highly Educated Refugees:

The “Resource Guide for Stakeholders and Highly Educated Refugees” contains information on programs and services for college-educated refugees.  These resources are intended to help professional refugees attain employment in the field for which they were educated and trained.

Medical Resources:

Refugee Medical Assistance (RMA)/Entrant Medical Assistance (EMA) provides needy refugees who are otherwise ineligible for Medi-Cal or Covered California may be eligible for health services for eight months.  A refugee does not have to receive RCA to receive RMA/EMA benefits.  The RMA/EMA program is administered by the California Department of Public Health, Refugee Health Section and delivered at the local level through a Refugee Health Coordinator.

RMA/EMA programs serve all 58 counties in the state and are operated locally by county social services/welfare departments.  Refugees may apply for benefits in the county where they live.  To find a nearby office, visit the on-line County Offices website.

Language Resources:

The Center for Applied Linguistics offers research and resources that seeks solutions to issues involving language and culture as they relate to access and equity in education and society around the globe.


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