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Community opposition blamed for funding loss

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by Lannie Walker

Guam - In their most recent status report, the Department of Mental Health's federally appointed management team blamed public objections for their failure to secure federal funding for a proposed $8 million One-Stop Center to provide services to Mental Health consumers with developmental disabilities. But attorney for the plaintiffs Daniel Sommerfleck says the plan should have had more community input to begin with. 

He says the team should look closer at the existing public and private programs for the target population, telling KUAM news, "Some analysis of what is the cost differential, how cost-effective is one from the other, what's the difference in the level of care between the two and what course should we as a community look towards plotting in the future in looking at this direction."

Sommerfleck added that the team is making great strides in other areas like staff training.  Everything in the plan of action except the center is being funded by a court-ordered payment of $15 million from the Government of Guam.

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