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RSA-227 for FY-2021: Submission #1217

Northern Marianas
09/30/2021
General Information
Designated Agency Identification
Northern Marianas Protection & Advocacy Systems, Inc.
PO Box 503529
N/A
Saipan
MP
96950
https://www.nmpasi.org
N/A
N/A
N/A
Operating Agency (if different from Designated Agency)
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
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Additional Information
James Rayphand
Elsie Tilipao
(670) 235-7273/4
etilipao@nmpasi.org
Part I. Non-case Services
A. Information and Referral Services (I&R)
2
0
0
0
0
1
3
B. Training Activities
11
451
On 6/24/21 and 7/22/21 PAIR staff presented in about Disability Inclusion in the Workplace to 35 individuals. Information presented on includes, Protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and filing charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

NMPASI successfully presented on vocational rehabilitation and ADA rights presentations to 75 individuals at Center for Living Independently. NMPASI presented to 9 groups on transition related CAP topics and assistive technology. We reached a total of 135 individuals including students, teachers, parents. NMPASI reached 106 students and parents in 3 separate trainings about assistive technology and transition rights under IDEA for those seeking to obtain or maintain employment. The audience learned how to learn to locate employment support services in post-secondary education and how these services continue after graduation. NMPASI attended community fairs and provided exhibit booths to encourage others in the community to reach out to NMPASI for assistance with their vocational rehabilitation and CAP issues and concerns. Our Facebook posts reached 589 people.
C. Agency Outreach
Priority 1.3: In fiscal year 2021, CAP PROGRAM personnel will facilitate appropriate representation for un/underserved individuals with disabilities (including but not limited to those living in institutions or other housing facilities).

OUTCOME: The CAP program continued to monitor facilities that served people with disabilities within our community such as the Division of Youth Emergency Shelter and The Juvenile Detention Unit. This included communicating with facility staff and individuals with disabilities within the facilities via telephone to ensure appropriate services were being provided. Additionally, CAP staff traveled to the islands of Tinian and Rota once a quarter to provide direct advocacy services and facilitate/conduct trainings with residents of those islands.
D. Information Disseminated To The Public By Your Agency
0
0
0
2085
10
0
In fiscal year 2021, our organization began disseminating a newsletter that contains articles prepared by program staff that address rights protections and other disability related information. The publication comes out quarterly with 400 copies distributed through the community, and the newsletter is available in digital form on our website.
E. Information Disseminated About Your Agency By External Media Coverage
N/A
Part II. Individual Case Services
A. Individuals served
2
5
7
0
6
B. Problem areas
7
4
7
4
0
3
0
0
C. Intervention Strategies for closed cases
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
D. Reasons for closing individuals' case files
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
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E. Results achieved for individuals
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
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Part III. Program Data
A. Age
2
1
4
0
0
7
B. Gender
2
5
7
C. Race/ethnicity of Individuals Served
0
0
1
0
6
0
0
0
D. Primary disabling condition of individuals served
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
4
0
0
0
0
7
E. Types of Individuals Served
3
0
0
0
4
0
Part IV. Systemic Activities and Litigation
A. Non-Litigation Systemic Activities
0
We testified on the effectiveness of protections and advocacy under the CAP program in support of our working collaboration with the local Vocational Rehabilitation Agency and the sole Independent Living Center to the 22nd House Legislature.
B. Litigation
0
0
0
We did not have any cases that required litigation.
Part V. Agency Information
A. Designated Agency
External-Protection and Advocacy agency
Northern Marianas Protection & Advocacy Systems, Inc.
No
n/a
B. Staff Employed
James Rayphand, Executive Director 4%
Jeanne Rayphand, Legal Counsel 2%
Gregory Borja, Program Manager 9%
Noel Soria, Fiscal Officer 4%
Elsie Tilipao, Projects Specialist 22%
Cleowyn Nening, Administrative Officer 5%
Luis Macaranas, Client Advocate 23%
John Cabrera, Program Aide 2%
Part VI. Case Examples
Case Examples
Case opened to assist 36 year old CAP eligible Pacific Islander male living independently in Saipan diagnosed with an orthopedic impairment seeking assistance that NMPASI represent him to get his case reopened because he still needs VR services to maintain employment. NMPASI attended a meeting with VR Management and the assigned VR counselor to discuss case closure and advocate for the case to remain open. VR ruled his case to remain closed. CAP filed a resolution dispute. As a result of CAP intervention, communication was re-established between client and his VR counselor, client's case was re-opened and VR agreed to hire vendor to properly install camber on his lightweight wheelchair.

A 26 years old Pacific islander male with epilepsy living with his family on Saipan requested assistance in obtaining VR services. CAP assisted client in filling out his application, obtained required documents, and set up his appointment for orientation at VR. When client was determined eligible to receive VR services, CAP attended meeting with his VR counselor to help develop his IPE. Client's employment goal was to become an entrepreneurship for a tent & table rental company.







Certification
Approved
James Rayphand
Executive Director
2021-12-27
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