GBHWC injunction lifted after 14 years

Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center is anticipating a big rush of referrals for students when they return for face-to-face instruction in August. (PNC file photo)

The Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center is finally moving forward.

After 14 years, the permanent injunction placed on the department for shortcomings in the government’s mental health services has been lifted.

The injunction has been in place since 2005 and while the center was facing a sanction for failing to comply with the orders of a permanent injunction earlier this year, it appears as though GBHWC is back on track as Adelup Communications Director Janela Carrera says the permanent injunction has been lifted.

The permanent injunction was lifted by a federal judge. According to Adelup, the judge recognized the tangible work being done to set things right.

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero stated, “This moment doesn’t mean that we will be perfect — it means that we have made things better but still have a ways to go.”

The injunction was put in place to force GBHWC to provide minimum care requirements for individuals with mental illnesses developmental disabilities.


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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.