To date, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, has allowed more than 741,000 young people a reprieve from deportation and a renewable work permit. Studies have shown that having DACA brings big benefits for individuals, families, and communities. For example, DACA recipients—often referred to as DACAmented individuals—have been able to use their skills and training to get better jobs, and they are obtaining more education. All of these things translate into higher wages and better economic outcomes. Recipients are also buying cars and houses in large numbers and starting new businesses, bringing significant tax revenue to cities and states across the country.
There are a number of good ways to get a referral to a mental health professional. Your state psychological association will be able to provide you with referrals to psychologists in your community. Many state associations are located in their state capital. Also, because so many physical ailments have psychological components, most family physicians have a working relationship with a psychologist. Ask your doctor about a referral. Your church or synagogue and school guidance program or university counseling centers also usually maintain lists of providers in the community.