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RSA-227 for FY-2021: Submission #1216

Guam
09/30/2021
General Information
Designated Agency Identification
PARENTS AGENCIES NETWORKING INC. (PAN)
1350 NORTH MARINE CORPS DRIVE
DOS AMANTES PLAZA, SUITE 206
UPPER TUMON TAMUNING
GUAM
96913
http://www.guamcap.com
16716464227
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Operating Agency (if different from Designated Agency)
PARENTS AGENCIES NETWORKING INC.(PAN INC.)
P.O.BOX 23474 GMF
GUAM MAIL FACILITY
BARRIGADA
96921
GU
gcap671@gmail.com
http://www.guamcap.com
16716464227
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Additional Information
EDMUND CRUZ
EDMUND CRUZ
16719871953
edmund_cruz@aol.com
Part I. Non-case Services
A. Information and Referral Services (I&R)
175
30
0
8
260
225
698
B. Training Activities
2
130
While everyone's lives were affected by the COVID 19 pandemic during the Fiscal year 2021, there were few trainings that were provided and mostly in zoom format to ensure that individuals with disabilities and their families are updated.

DISABILITY AWARENESS IN TIMES OF PANDEMIC
(a) Work collaborativelywith other non-profit organizations such as the the Pacific Human Resources (PHRS) to train all staff on tools to effectively engage in advocacy to reduce the impact of the Covid19 pandemic for individuals with disabilities and their families.
(b The purpose of the training is to provide an interactive experience to the staff and others whose job responsibilities to enhance advocacy skills as well as exchange ideas with other teams who are frontliners.
(c) Attendees were staff of the regional and public hospitals, Social Workersfrom various Government of Guam agencies, and other non-profit organization.

2. DISABILITY RIGHTS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC
a. In an efforts to assist clients and families impacted by the pandemic and how to navigate resources in the community
b.The purpose of the training is to provide technical assistance and provide skills for leadership trainingf.
c. The conference was attended by 31 individuals from the non-profit group FSM CARE Inc.
C. Agency Outreach
1.This fiscal year 2021, we have significant increase of individuals with disabilities from the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) due to our engagement with the Micronesia One Stop Center, Manelu, and FMS Care which are non-profits organizations based in Guam serving the needs of their communities.

2.We remain committed to our partner and friend, Guam Legal Services Corporation (GLS) Disability Law Center, the Designated Protection and Advocacy (P &A) on Guam who has a new Managing Attorney, Daniel Somerfleck who return to GLSC after several years of running his own practice. The Guam CAP role is Information and Referral wherein clients who are needing Legal Guardianship, Power of Attorneys and Individual Representation in legal matters as needed.
D. Information Disseminated To The Public By Your Agency
2
3
0
276
3
0
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E. Information Disseminated About Your Agency By External Media Coverage
1. The Guam Daily Post wrote an article, Youth with Disabilities- Families face tough job market in the July issue.
2. The Pacific Island Times, a monthly newspaper published in Guam, Saipan, the Federated States of Micronesia regarding homelessness caused by the Covid19 pandemic.
3. E-Directory, an Online Directory where CAP services are advertised.
4.The Guam Client Assistance Program partnered with the University of Guam to distribute vaccination survey for 200 individuals and distribute more than 2oo brochures.
Part II. Individual Case Services
A. Individuals served
20
18
38
9
38
B. Problem areas
165
7
4
6
0
5
8
11
C. Intervention Strategies for closed cases
3
2
4
1
0
0
10
D. Reasons for closing individuals' case files
5
3
2
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
0
0
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E. Results achieved for individuals
4
5
3
0
6
1
0
1
1
0
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Part III. Program Data
A. Age
6
9
11
10
2
38
B. Gender
10
28
38
C. Race/ethnicity of Individuals Served
0
0
20
0
15
1
2
0
D. Primary disabling condition of individuals served
1
3
0
0
1
3
3
0
2
4
2
0
2
0
0
4
0
0
2
1
5
0
0
0
1
1
1
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
38
E. Types of Individuals Served
18
0
7
5
8
25
Part IV. Systemic Activities and Litigation
A. Non-Litigation Systemic Activities
0
The Guam Client Assistance Program actively advocates and support legal improvements to service delivery and other system impacting individuals with disabilities The following examples provide systemic issues not involving individual representation during the Fiscal Year 2021.

1. In response to a complaint by a client in the provision of PERSONAL ASSISTANCE SERVICES, the Guam Client Assistance Program found that a client who has a Cerebral Palsy and using a motorized wheelchair had indeed having a difficult time in her daily activities without the support of a worker that she hired to help her by using the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance funding when she lost her job. The VR Counselor refused to provide assistance citing that the PERSONAL ASSISTANCE SERVICES is only for people who are employed. The Guam Client Assistance Program documented her condition and contacted the Department of Integrated Services for Individuals with Disabilities (DISID) to move her case to the locally funded RESPITE CARE PROGRAM services so she could avail of the personal assistance services even if she is not currently employed.

2. The Guam Client Assistance Program is asking the Acting Director of the Department of Integrated Services for Individuals with Disabilities (DISID) for ACTION to reform
the Guam State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) which has been DEACTIVATED in September 2019, and was in the processed of reorganizing when the COVID 19 pandemic began in March 2020. Another casualty is the Guam State Independent Living Council (SILC) which has lost majority of membership in September 2020. Accordingly, the Acting Director of DISID and the VR Administrator of the Guam Division of Vocational REehabilitation (GDVR) was heard on the radio calling for individuals who are interested to be members of the SRC and SILC. The Guam Client Assistance Program is willing to jumpstart the NEW MEMBERS ORIENTATION when the Governor of Guam
is ready to accept new members and issue a CERTIFICATE OF APPOINTMENT with her signature.
B. Litigation
0
0
0
Like most organizations everywhere and on Guam, this fiscal year cases requiring systemic litigation involving individual representation have slowed down because of the Governor of Guam changing protocols due to the COVID19 pandemic and the surge of OMICRON cases. We are looking again for cases that is rightly appropriate for representation. We look forward to continuing to protect and advance the rights and equal opportunities for individual with disabilities in the fiscal year 2022.
Part V. Agency Information
A. Designated Agency
External-other nonprofit agency
PARENTS AGENCIES NETWORKING INC.(PAN INC.)
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B. Staff Employed
At the close of Fiscal Year 2021, EDMUND CRUZ is the only full time employee (FTE) and have been employed by the Parents-Agencies Networking Inc. (PAN), the designated non-profit agency for over ten years, as a Program Director and CAP Administrator whose salary is funded under Section 112 of the Rehabilitation Act. Before COVID 19 pandemic, the Guam CAP has one Part Time Employee (PTE) who perform such tasks as answering telephone call, office maintenance, and general clerical duties whose salary is also funded under Section 112, supported by two volunteers who are non-salaried and on call basis. By Fiscal Year 2022, two new staff from the Senior Citizens Employment Program (SCSEP) and JOB Program of the Department of Public Health and Social Services will be coming aboard to augment the staff needs.

Part VI. Case Examples
Case Examples
1.The Guam Client Assistance Program has guided JRG and his mother with information about DVR and how to obtain services including assistance in finding employment, self employment and pursuing a college education. JRG is a 44 years old male who is newly Blind and have moved back to Guam from North Carolina. In the erasly months
of the Covid19 pandemic when the whole island of Guam was on lockdown for several months and individuals with disabilities were deprived of the supports that they really need. While DVR is closed and face to face meeting with VR Counselors were not allowed, the Guam Client Assistance Program persevered to accomodate his needs to apply for SSDI because of his blindness and on Sepetember 2021 he received his benefits and he will see his VR Counselor accordingly.

(2) When MDL, a fifty three years old female with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) caused by a motorcycle accident sought services from DVR to reapply for services after moving from California where she is receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The Guam CAP contacted the VR Counselor and explained to her the reason why she is reapplying for services because of fear of posssible financial disruption that SSI benefits will be terminated due to her move to Guam where there is no SSI benefits.
Following CAP intervention, MDL eligibility will be in priority since Guam is not in the Order of Selection (OOS) and no waiting list.

(3) When SBR, a twenty years old male with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASG) requested assistance to fund a training program for Graphic Designers, the VR Counselor balked to support with internship citing lacked of training providers in Guam. The Guam CAP recommended that an Advertising and Public Relations company who once worked with a previous client who is successfully employed is accepting clients under the Trial Work Experience as long as DVR will provide Job Coaching services. Following CAP intervention SBR ultimately fulfill his big dream of creating images patterned after Marvel and DC characters.
Certification
Approved
EDMUND CRUZ
GUAM CAP DIRECTOR
2021-12-29
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