VIDEO: CHP Contract Expires; Cruz Urges Quick Action on Renewal to Ensure Service to Disabled Not Interrupted

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Guam – Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz is urging Acting Governor Ray Tenorio to expedite the RFP process so that there is no disruption of service to DISID’s Community Habitation Program [CHP].

 

The CHP program provides support services to persons with severe disabilities and their care givers.

READ Senator Cruz’s letter to Acting Governor Tenorio

The Department of Integrated Services for Individuals with Disabilities [DISID] has provided funding to Catholic Social Services to run the program.

However, according to a release from the Senator, even though an RFP process has begun, no new contract has been awarded and the contract runs out today [Wednesday].

In his release, Cruz points out that as many as “67 individuals with severe disabilities rely on these programs for day treatment and respite care. Both clients and families have come to rely on them for years … I urge the administration to develop, finalize, and announce Requests for Proposals (RFPs) within 30 days so that new contracts can be in place within the next 60-90 days.”

GOVERNOR”S OFFICE RESPONSE:

In response to the concerns raised by Senator Cruz, Governor Calvo’s Acting Chief of Staff Rose Ramsey stated in an email:

“We’ve been in discussions with DISID and Catholic Social Services throughout the day and CSS has been a great deal of help.  We are currently working through these issues and we assure DISID’s consumers and their families that services will not be interrupted.”

READ Senator Cruz’s release in FULL below:

Cruz to Administration: Move forward on programs for persons with severe disabilities

(February 29, 2012 – Hagåtña, Guam) Key programs to provide support to persons with severe disabilities and their care givers by the Department of Integrated Services for Individuals with Disabilities will terminate services March 1, 2012. In response, Vice Speaker Benjamin J.F. Cruz is urging the Administration to expedite the RFP process in order to mitigate a disruption in those services.

Certain request for proposals, for DISID’s Community Habilitation Program (CHP) and Respite Program, were issued but the process has yet to conclude before service termination. In a letter sent this morning, Cruz is urging the Calvo Administration to move swiftly to ensure those services are not severely disrupted.

“As much as 67 individuals with severe disabilities rely on these programs for day treatment and respite care. Both clients and families have come to rely on them for years,”

Cruz wrote.

“I urge the administration to develop, finalize, and announce Requests for Proposals (RFPs) within 30 days so that new contracts can be in place within the next 60-90 days,” Cruz added. “In the interim, please ensure that there is no disruption in services for the current 67 consumers.”