Governor Declares State of Emergency for DMHSA’s “Ray’s of Hope”

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Guam – Governor Felix Camacho has declared yet another State of Emergency for yet another GovGuam facility. This declaration is for the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse’s [DMHSA] “Ray’s of Hope” treatment center.

Just last Wednesday a State of Emergency was declared for Guam Memorial Hospital which is facing a financial crisis and owes $22 million dollars.

The State of Emergency for the “Ray’s of Hope” facility was signed by the Governor last Friday, December 3erd.  According to the declaration, the reason for the State of Emergency is because the “Ray’s of Hope” facility has been declared “unsafe and unsound by the Department of Health and Department of Public Works.”

Read the Declaration of Emergency for “Ray’s of Hope”

Among the problems cited at the facility, which is meant to treat children, is a leaky roof, termite infestation, molds and a lack of air conditioning.

Department of Public Works Director Andy Leon Guerrero requested the Declaration of Emergency. He told PNC News that it will authorize overtime payments to get the work done and allow for the procurement process to be speeded up.