Northern Mariana Islands: Health & Disability Programs

The Commonwealth Guidance Center
According to the Rural Assistance Center, the Commonwealth Guidance Center provides mental health and substance abuse services to residents of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Saipan, MP
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Department of Public Health Services
P.O. Box 500409CK
Saipan, MP 96950
(670) 234-8950
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Department of Public Health Services’ Diabetes Control and Prevention Program (DCP)
The DCP has received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since 1994. Activities supported by the Mariana DCP include maintaining a diabetes prevalence registry of about 1,500 people receiving diabetes care, which provides prevalence data by age, sex, ethnic group, insurance coverage, and complications; educating diabetes patients through a support group for patients attending the diabetes clinic which meets regularly to discuss diabetes and ways to improve self-management of the disease; enhancing community understanding and awareness via a diabetes awareness and education program for the media, private industry, local politicians, and lay people; and sponsoring a workshop for public and private medical providers to educate them on the results of the Diabetes Complications Control Trial and their implications for preventive care strategies and practices of care for people with type 2 diabetes.
P.O. Box 409 CK
Saipan, MP 96950
(670) 234-8950, ext. 2005
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Department of Public Health Services’ Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program (EHDI)
none available
Angie Mister, MA CCC-A
EHDI Program Coordinator
P.O. Box 5869
Saipan, MP 96950
(670) 664-3731 / 3731
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Department of Public Health Services’ Head Start Program
none available
Paz Younis, Director
P.O. Box 501370 CK
Saipan, MP 96950
(670) 664-3751/3768
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Department of Public Health Services’ Maternal and Child Health, Commonwealth Health Center
The Commonwealth Health Center provides leadership, partnership, and resources to advance the health of all of the  nation’s mothers, infants, children, and adolescents.
Joseph Kevin P. Villagomez, Secretary of Public Health
P.O. Box 500-409
Saipan, MP 96950
(670) 234-8950;
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Department of Public Health Services’ Programs for Children with Special Health Care Needs
none available
MCH Coordinator
P.O. Box 500409
Saipan, MP 96950
(670) 236-8714
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Department of Public Health Services’ Single State Agency for Substance Abuse Services
This website provides the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Directory of Single State Agencies (SSA) for Substance Abuse Services, as of May 6, 2010.
Joseph Kevin P. Villagomez, M.A., Secretary of Health
P.O. Box 500409 CK
Saipan, MP 96950
(670) 236-8201
Agency Commonwealth of The Northern Mariana Islands Department of Public Health Services’ Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grants
Description Through these grants, which are funded by the U.S. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (project  period: 07/01/2009 – 06/30/2013), the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands proposes to develop a comprehensive, community-based substance abuse prevention program through collaboration among key State and community agencies. The targeted population is comprised of individuals across the life span who are at risk for substance abuse.
P.O. Box 500409CK
Saipan, MP 96950
(670) 234-8950
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Department of Public Safety’s Office of Emergency Medical Services, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Lead Agency
This Federal Traumatic Brain Injury Program State Grant fact sheet of August 2009 describes the Federal TBI Program on the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Rescue Station
P.O. Box 500791
Saipan, MP  96950
(670) 664-9135,+Traumatic+Brain+Injury+Lead+Agency&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESiYogzHo_06UGBPvKe1qQKBVMCy7ObLh0PZ_mXAwmMuc9YZc7Q1AG9-sEx_yKWgPpsyAdhHbarwQ0KNagauQO04iSsyNcZh5A037o_CuJh6lEfRAPsSzS2BGzrqcOSuXP5GZkT3&sig=AHIEtbQJLTgqQZIeR-nx3nPkJ6QqgNu0cw
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Office on Aging, Region IX
Programs of the Office on Aging include multi-purpose aging centers on the islands of Saipan, Tinian And Rota; homemaker services, which increase participation among the elderly in everyday activities related to maintaining their households; transportation services, which are provided to elders unable to drive due to disability and without alternative means of transportation; the Nutrition Program, which aims to maintain and improve the nutritional status of elderly people by ensuring that meals served at the congregate setting or delivered to the home are nutritionally balanced; the National Family Caregiver Support Program, which provides assistance to family members caring for people 60 years of age and older, and grandparents and others caring for children with developmental disabilities; the Senior Community Employment Support Program, which promotes economic self-sufficiency of elders age 55 and older by placing them in part-time jobs; and the Aging and Disability Resource Center, which serves as a one-stop center for senior citizens and adult with disabilities who need social service assistance.
Melvin Faiao, Acting Director
P.O. Box 502178
Saipan, MP 96950
(670) 233-1320 or (670) 233-1321
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)
OVR services include assessment, counseling and vocational guidance; medical services; physical/mental restoration; employment development and training; assistive devices or technology; job coaching and placement and follow-up; occupational licenses, tools and equipment; transportation, including Call-A-Ride; independent living services, and advocacy.
Margarita R. Olopai-Taitano
Navy Hill, Bldg. N-2
Saipan, MP 96950
(670) 322-6537/8
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Public Schools’ Special Education
Suzanne Lizama, Special Education Coordinator
P.O. Box 1370 CK
Saipan, MP 96950
(670) 664-3754
 Northern Marianas College University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (NMC UCEDD)
The NMC UCEDD Program provides training, technical assistance, and information-sharing with the goal of including people with developmental disabilities by assisting the agencies serving people with DD in the CNMI.  Programs and initiatives operating at NMC through the University of Hawaii include:  developing partnerships with local and regional University Center for Excellence Programs; establishing interagency collaboration with service agencies in the CNMI;  providing parents and consumer groups with support, training and empowerment; offering training to special education teachers; working with NMC to develop degree and endorsement programs in critical need areas; and providing support to community groups focusing on people with developmental disabilities.
John Manalo (ext. 1010)
Northern Marianas College
P.O. Box 501250
Saipan, MP 96950
(670) 234-5498
The Pacific Partnership for Deaf-Blind Technical Assistance Services (PDB)
PDB represents a partnership between the Pacific Outreach Initiative at the Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii and the outlying Pacific Island nations/jurisdictions of American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia (Kosrae, Pohnpei, Chuuk, and Yap), Guam, Republic of Palau and Republic of the Marshall Islands.  The project works to increase the capacity of educational agencies to improve the results for children and young adults who are deaf-blind and their families to live, attend school, play, work and have friends in their communities.
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Center on Disability Studies
Pacific Outreach Initiative
1776 University Avenue, UA 4-6
Honolulu, HI 96822
(808) 956-5861 or (808) 956-9855