501(c)(3) Tax Exemption


April 18, 2014. Update: The IRS approved our 501(c)(3) application! We’re a bonafide, non-profit, tax-exempt, public charity!

April 1, 2014. Update: The IRS accepted our request for expedited processing. Our 501(c)(3) application is currently under review by an IRS analyst.

March 21, 2014. The Center for Japanese Mental Health applied for 501(c)(3) tax exempt status from the IRS, requesting expedited approval so we may provide immediate disaster relief assistance in the form of:

Telephone Counseling to relief workers, psychiatric social workers, and other mental and medical service providers working in the disaster-struck areas of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. While disaster victims are in need to psychological counseling, cultural norms dissuade them from seeking such aide at present. Relief workers and members of the mental health and medical community are more open to such aide and are in need of it following their exposure to the events, victims and aftermath of the tsunami and earthquake.

Workshop Development and Deployment to train front-line disaster relief workers, psychiatric social workers, and Japanese mental and medical service providers to better diagnose and treat symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, depression and anxiety disorders, and other mood disorders.

While our mission is broader than this single incidence response, we have identified the need for such immediate services by meeting with representatives from the Japan Red Cross, Japanese Association of Psychiatric Social Workers and the Miyagi Prefecture Department of Mental Health at the end of 2013. We’ve asked for expeditious processing and acceptance of our request for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, so we may accept funds for these purposes without further delay and begin to deliver these services.

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