RSA-227 for FY-2016: Submission #872

Northern Marianas
9/30/2016
General Information
Designated Agency Identification
NMPASI
P.O. Box 503529
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Saipan
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96950
http://www.nmpasi.org
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Operating Agency (if different from Designated Agency)
NMPASI
P.O. Box 503529
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Saipan
96950
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jimrayphand@gmail.com
http://www.nmpasi.org
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Additional Information
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Part I. Non-case Services
A. Information and Referral Services (I&R)
58
34
0
17
90
58
257
B. Training Activities
19
304
<p>We train any group that wants information relating to Disabilities and or issues surrounding disabilities. We cover Disability &amp; Discrimination, Stress Management, ADA, IDEA, 504, IEP Training, Soft Skills, Leadership Training, Personality Assessment, and Adventure Education which is formerly Rugged Outdoor Physical Experiencial Systems which teach teamwork and cooperation. Our training is always targeted towards understanding that people with disabilities have been marginalized throughout history and its time we treat them like everyone else. We also always talk about inclusion and to avoid exclusion because it is discrimination and segregation which have taught us throughout history that it leads to problems and social meltdown. We also push for leadership skills both in people with disabilities and those without to ensure we are ready for any challenge that may come our way. Last but not least, we preach Dignity &amp; Respect to all we work with. The attendees have been from all walks of life. We have had cadets training to be Airport Policemen, folks working for a hotel called Pacific Islands Club Saipan. We also work with many governemnt entities like Department of Community and Cultural Affairs as well as the Manamko or Aging Center. We will work with anyone in our community who wants to learn more about disabilities and or issues surrounding disabilities in our Islands.</p><p>
C. Agency Outreach
<p>The CAP program in collaboration with other P&amp;A programs maintain a presence on Tinian and Rota as needed or at least quarterly. We also work closely with the Domestic Violence group as people with disabilities have been more prone to be victims of Domestic Violence. The CAP staff also speaks at least half a dozen languages like Chamorro, Carolinian, Tagalog, and including ASL (Limited). The CAP staff also maintain membership on the Disability Network Partners which is a group of at least a dozen disability related offices and programs on Saipan that meets at least monthy and have the following goals as a group: DNP Goals adopted unanimously by members on November 19<sup>th</sup>, 2015, which were proposed by Floyd Masga of UCEDD. They are as follows:</p><p><p>1- To partner or support each other in sanctioned events and activities.</p><p><p>2- Reach out and provide services to as many individuals as possible.</p><p><p>3- Be the forefront in support of disability rights in the commonwealth.</p><p>
D. Information Disseminated To The Public By Your Agency
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0
0
1515
3
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<p>Through collaboration with OVR, SILC, SRC, CLI and the ILG group, we have maintained a presence with these groups and regularly work with them or do presentations at thier request on disabilities and or issues surrounding disabilities.</p><p>
E. Information Disseminated About Your Agency By External Media Coverage
<p>We are linked by the Tri-Agency website as well as the Council on Developmental Disabilities website and the VR website as well.</p><p>
Part II. Individual Case Services
A. Individuals served
5
11
16
0
8
B. Problem areas
15
0
1
4
0
10
0
0
C. Intervention Strategies for closed cases
8
8
8
0
0
0
24
D. Reasons for closing individuals' case files
1
4
2
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
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E. Results achieved for individuals
2
1
0
0
4
1
0
0
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Part III. Program Data
A. Age
2
2
2
8
2
16
B. Gender
4
12
16
C. Race/ethnicity of Individuals Served
0
0
6
1
8
3
0
0
D. Primary disabling condition of individuals served
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
3
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
3
0
0
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
2
16
E. Types of Individuals Served
4
0
8
1
0
0
Part IV. Systemic Activities and Litigation
A. Non-Litigation Systemic Activities
0
<p>CAP staff are in heavy collaboration with the OVR, CLI, ILG, VOICES, SRC and SILC organizations. CAP also maintains membership on the Disability Network Partners whose goals are as follows:</p><p><p>1- To partner or support each other in sanctioned events and activities.</p><p><p>2- Reach out and provide services to as many individuals as possible.</p><p><p>3- Be the forefront in support of disability rights in the commonwealth.</p><p>
B. Litigation
0
8
0
<p>No Litigation during this fiscal year.</p><p>
Part V. Agency Information
A. Designated Agency
External-Protection and Advocacy agency
Northern Marianas Protection & Advocacy Systems Inc. (NMPASI)
No
None
B. Staff Employed
<p>Executive Director: James Rayphand.</p><p><p>Staff Attorney: Jeanne Rayphand</p><p><p>Part-Time Attorney: Shelli Neil</p><p><p>Program Manager: Thomas Thornburgh</p><p><p>Client Advocate: Elsie Tilipao</p><p><p>Admin Assistant: Carmen Rebuenog</p><p>
Part VI. Case Examples
Case Examples
<p>Case 1) A 59 years old Indian male living with his family on Saipan requested assistance in obtaining VR services in a timely manner. He wanted to obtain physical therapy or be referred to Guam for an MRI.</p><p><p>As per Dr. Wilgus of Marianas Medical Center&rsquo;s recommendation, this individual will undergo a total of 8 physical therapy sessions 2x per week. After the 8 sessions he will go back for a follow-up evaluation to see if the physical therapy session worked if not he will be referred to Guam for MRI.</p><p><p>An Authorization for Service (AS) was approved on 7/21/16 for a total of 8 session for Marianas Health Services. Individual is continues to undergo physical therapy. His PT schedule for the month of August 2016 is: 8/2/16, 8/9/16, 8/18/16 and 8/23/16, he will also get a new schedule for an additional 4 sessions next month, September 2016 for a total of 8 sessions.</p><p><p>Assistance requested has been provided. CLOSE CASE.</p><p><p>Case 2) A 67 years old Filipino male with vision loss living independently on Saipan requested assistance to investigate reason he was determined to be ineligible for VR services.</p><p><p>CAP advocate requested copy of client&rsquo;s complete file at OVR. CAP advocate received requested documents. Upon reviewing client&rsquo;s VR application we learned that he listed vision loss and hypertension and his disability, and reviewed his Vision Exam from Marianas Eye Institute. With the assistance of NMPASI&rsquo;s legal counsel, we looked up OVR&rsquo;s policy and procedure and found that VR&rsquo;s determination was correct. Client does not meet the eligiblity criteria to receive VR services under BLINDNESS AND VISION.</p><p><p>CAP advocate informed client of findings, printed copy of OVR&rsquo;s policy and procedure and offered client. Client thanked CAP advocate and agreed to close case.</p><p><p>Case 3) A 72 years old Chuukese male elderly disabled living with his family on Saipan requested assistance in obtaining OVR services particularly in getting eye glasses.</p><p><p>CAP advocate investigated and found that OVR did not want to pay for Mr. Takahashy&rsquo;s eye glasses because he does not meet the criteria for vision impairment. This advocate argued that his IPE was approved and listed &quot;Prescription glasses if recommended. According to Mr. Takahashy&rsquo;s vision report from Marianas Eye Institute, his doctor did recommend eye glasses.</p><p><p>In the end OVR paid for Mr.Takahashy&rsquo;s eye glasses.</p><p><p>Assistance requested has been provided. CLOSE CASE.</p><p>
Certification
Approved
Thomas M. Thornburgh
Program Manager
2016-12-31
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