Guam – Health Committee Chair Senator Dennis Rodriguez is pleased with the decision of District Court Judge Consuelo Marshall to dismantle the federal management team and turn control of the Department of Mental Health [DMHSA] and the Department of Integrated Services for Individuals with Disabilities [DISID] back over to their GovGuam appointed Directors.
READ the release from Senator Rodriguez below:
Senator Rodriguez’s Reaction to DMHSA & DISID Victory
As the Chairman of the Guam Legislature’s Committee on Health and Human Services, Senator Rodriguez is pleased with the District Court’s decision to end the federal watch of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse and the Department of Integrated Services for Individuals with Disabilities.
“ I congratulate Governor Calvo and his administration for today’s ruling by the District Court to return the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse and the Department of Integrated Services for Individuals with Disabilities to the control of the government of Guam. This is not just a victory for the consumers and employees of both DMHSA and DISID, but for the entire island of Guam. This ruling, although it does come with certain conditions by which we must abide in the provision of services, reaffirms that our local government is ready and capable of delivering appropriate and quality mental health services for our people,” stated Senator Rodriguez.
“I would like to acknowledge the efforts of the Federal Management Team on those issues upon which we could reasonably work together. I now call on our community to put the past behind us and collaboratively move forward to ensure the success of mental health services for those in need in our community,” said Senator Rodriguez.
Since taking office in January 2011 and assuming the chairmanship of the Committee on Health and Human Services, Senator Rodriguez has worked closely with DMHSA and DISID. Senator Rodriguez said, “Though I was able to work with the DMHSA and DISID, it was difficult with the court-imposed federal management team. I continue to stand committed to working even more closely and directly with Director Aflague and Director Servino and their respective staffs to ensure a smooth transition during this time.”