Guam: Health & Disability Programs

Guam Department of Education’s (DOE) Special Education Division
The Special Education Division provides a Parent Information website, which offers support to families by providing local, national, and international information on parent training opportunities, community activities, and resources for children with disabilities and/or who are gifted and talented; one resource that appears on the website is a commendation list which describes schools that are in 100% compliance with IEPs and Reevaluations, along with the 60-day timeline requirement. The Division also has an Early Childhood Special Education Preschool Program, which provides special education services to children (ages 3 through 5 years) who have been identified as having developmental delays in the following areas: cognition, fine and gross motor skills, hearing, personal and social skills, self help skills, and speech and language.  The Division’s Guam Advisory Panel for Students with Disabilities (GAPSD) fulfills the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act  requirement that each state and outlying territory establish and maintain an advisory panel to advise the State special education staff regarding the education of all eligible children with disabilities. GAPSD membership is comprised of administrators from the Division of Special Education and Juvenile and Adult Correctional Program, parents and grandparents, people with disabilities, special education and general education teachers, university professors, and representatives from the community, private schools, the Department of Public Health and Social Services, and the Department of Integrated Services for Individuals with Disabilities.  GAPSD advises DOE on: unmet needs in the education of students with disabilities, training needs for families of students with disabilities, developing evaluations and reporting data to U.S. DOE (OSEP), developing corrective action plans, and developing and implementing policies relating to the coordination of services for students with disabilities.  GAPSD also comments publicly on proposed rules and regulations by DOE regarding the education of students with disabilities and monitors the implementation of activities and timetables related to court orders or special condition.
P.O. Box DE
Hagatña, GU 96932
(671) 300-1323
Guam Department of Labor’s Department of Integrated Services for Individuals with Disabilities, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation provides assessments for determining eligibility and vocational rehabilitation needs; vocational rehabilitation counseling, guidance, and services; vocational and other training services which can include personal and vocational adjustment, books, or other training materials; physical or mental restoration services (with some restrictions), including prosthesis or orthotic devices, eyeglasses, and treatment for mental or emotional disorders; maintenance for additional costs incurred while participating in rehabilitation; interpreter and reader services; rehabilitation teaching services and orientation and mobility services for individuals who are blind; occupational licenses; tools and equipment; rehabilitation technology services; and on-the-job or other related personal assistance services while receiving vocational rehabilitation service. Employment services are initiated after eligibility has been determined and the client and counselor have jointly developed an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE). Case closure usually occurs ninety days after employment has taken place, although in some cases when needed, post employment services are provided to assist in maintaining employment if problems arise that jeopardize employment.
1313 Central Avenue
Tiyan, GU 96913
(671) 475-4646/47

Guam Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (DMHSA)
DMHSA provides the following substance abuse services: drug education/early intervention, screening and assessment, outpatient services including detoxification, ambulatory detoxification, intensive outpatient services, day treatment/partial hospitalization, social detox./clinically managed, residential services, inpatient services, and aftercare/continued care and recovery.  Children-adolescent mental health services include: early identification, screening and intervention, case-management, individualized service plan (wrap-around), outpatient counseling, consultation, therapeutic respite care, crisis response services, therapeutic day treatment, diagnostic and evaluation (psychiatric, psychological and medication evaluation/consultation and management), intensive home-based services, therapeutic foster care, therapeutic group home and transition to adult services.  Contracted services include therapeutic day treatment and therapeutic group home with built-in respite care. DMHSA  includes these adult mental health services: intake/emergency services, community support services, outpatient adult counseling, transitional residential program, permanent supportive housing, day treatment services, drop-in services, crisis hotline, and co-occurring substance abuse and mental disorders services. Prevention and training services are provided in the areas of alcohol, suicide, inhalants, and tobacco. Nursing services include acute care, medication clinic, pharmacy, medication management, children’s inpatient unit, adult inpatient unit, Healing Hearts Crisis Center (sexual assault), and acute emergency intake.
790 Gov. Camacho Road
Tamuning, GU 96913
(671) 647-5330
Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services’ Division of Public Health, Bureau of Primary Care Services
This bureau provides the following primary care and preventive services: adolescent health, adult care, cancer screening, child health, communicable disease screening and treatment (HIV, TB, STD), directly observed TB therapy, Early Periodic Screening and Diagnostic Testing for Children, family planning services, immunizations, minor surgery and wound repair, prenatal and postpartum care, TB Test, well baby care, and  women’s health.  Support services include case management, chest x-ray, community outreach services, diagnostic laboratory services, eligibility assistance, health education services, home visiting services, nutrition health services, pharmacy services, translation services, and vision screening. Social services include food stamps, medical social services, medically indigent program, Medicaid program, and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program.
123 Chalan Kareta
Mangilao, GU 96913
(671) 735-7173
Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services’ (DPHSS) Bureau of Community Health Services, Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Section, Guam Diabetes Prevention and Control Program (DPCP)
The Guam DPCP is federally funded and implemented through a cooperative agreement between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Diabetes Translation and DPHSS. The Guam DPCP is a prevention and control program and provides no direct services but facilitates networking to allow people with diabetes and their families to participate in the following islandwide activities:  advocacy and policy making, community health screenings, community support group, Diabetes Health Disparities Collaborative, educational intervention and counseling, Pacific Diabetes Today Curriculum Training, and work-site wellness programs.
P.O. Box 2816
Hagatna, GU 96932
(671) 635-7478
Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services’ Bureau of Social Services Administration
194 Hernan Cortez Avenue, Terlaje Professional Building, Suite 309
Hagatna, Guam 96910
(671) 475-2653/2672
Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services’ Division of Senior Citizens (DSC)
DSC, as the State Agency on Aging, is the principal advocate for senior citizens throughout the island. DSC does not provide direct services to elderly clients, with the exception of its Community Support Services and Adult Protective Services Unit activities; the Division contracts for all services and programs funded locally and under Title III to private or non-profit organizations. The Division is primarily responsible for coordinating all activities on the island relating to the Older Americans Act, assisting agencies and other entities in the development of comprehensive and coordinated service delivery systems throughout Guam. Also, the University of Guam/University of California in San Diego Consortium for Lytico and Bodig Research Project in collaboration with DSC has launched Guam’s Family Caregiver Support Program ( Funding for this program was made available through local and federal funds provided under the Older Americans Act Amendments of 2000 for the National Family Caregiver Support Program.
This national program initiative, now a local program, offers families and caregivers access to information about available services, assistance in gaining access to supportive services, organization of support groups, respite care, individual counseling, training to assist in making decisions and solving problems relating to caregiving roles, and supplemental services to help meet caregiving challenges.
Mr. Arthur San Agustin, MHR, Administrator of the Division of Senior Citizens
130 University Drive, Suite 8, University Castle Mall
Mangilao, GU  96913
(671) 735-7011/7382
University of Guam’s Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (CEDDERS)
CEDDERS is tasked with initiatives in the following areas:  consumer leadership and systems change; health, wellness, and prevention; and inclusive communities.  CEDDERS has developed materials on emergency preparedness planning for people with disabilities, which are available on the CEDDERS website. CEDDERS also facilitates: the Guam Early Hearing and Detection Intervention (Guam EDHI) Project, which provides early hearing detection and intervention; the Guam System for Assistive Technology, which provides assistive technology–related services to children and adults with disabilities in Guam; The Navigator’s Compass, Guam’s Family Support 360 Project for Military Families, which aims to guide family members in identifying and accessing community supports to help them maximize the potential of their child with developmental disabilities; The Pacific Assessment Consortium, which strives to build local capacity of six Pacific Basin entities (American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau) to accurately report the participation and performance of students with disabilities in each entity’s inclusive assessment system; The Pacific Consortium for Instructional Materials Accessibility Project (CIMAP), a consortium established to address the common and unique needs of the Pacific Basin entities in implementing a system that meets the requirements of the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standards and the National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC), including educational media activities for children with disabilities who do not meet NIMAC eligibility requirements but need accessible versions of educational materials; and  Project Håtsa, which works to raise teacher standards to improve student performance by focusing on teacher certification and preparation, professional growth, supervision, and evaluation, through systemic change.
UOG Station
Dean Circle, House 29
Mangilao, GU  96923
(671) 735-2481