Money Used to Make $2M DMHSA Payment Came from Section 30 Funding

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Guam – It boils down to a case of robbing Peter to pay Paul. $2 million dollars in Section 30 funds were used to make the first District Court ordered installment for the Department of Mental Health’s  “Plan of Action.”

As PNC News reported Tuesday,  the funds were deposited with the District Court Monday.

Today, Bureau of  Budget Director Bertha Duenas told us the money had to be taken out of the Section-30 account, even though the Section-30 funds have already been committed to pay for other GovGuam expenses this fiscal year.

However, Duenas explains that it was the only funding readily available to cover the cost of the Federal Court’s order requiring improvements at the Department of Mental Health.

In all during this fiscal year, GovGuam will have to cough up $12.2 million for the Department of Mental Health’s “Plan of Action.” And none of that money is in this year’s budget.

The next $2-million dollar payment for the Plan of Action must be deposited with the District Court by Monday January 3erd which is the first
day of the new Calvo-Tenorio administration. The funds to meet that deadline have not yet been identified.