The federal government is moving to speed the resettlement of 8,100 Cuban refugees in Fort Chaffee, Ark., and the Miami area by offering increased grants of $1,000 to volunteer agencies for each refugee they place. It had been paying the agencies $300 per refugee resettled out of the camps. A spokesman for the State Department's Cuban Haitian Task Force said the settlement fee was increased because many of the refugees have emotional or psychological problems and need long-term institutional care.
Meanwhile, a Public Health Service spokesman said a group of about 20 Cuban refugees smashed windows, threw furniture, and set small fires in a three-hour spree at a Washington, D.C., mental hospital. In all, 92 refugees are at the hospital for treatment of mental and emotional problems.