by Mindy Aguon
Guam - The federal management team believes it will take about one year to bring five consumers who are receiving treatment off-island back home. The consumers, some of whom have been off-island for several decades, are expected to be brought back to Guam possibly this time next year.
Dr. James Kiffer says their return is part of the team's plan of action, telling a legislative committee, "They'll be brought back to the most clinically appropriate setting to their individual situations."
Kiffer explained that the plan includes developing staff and training them on-island and then sending them to the States to work with those who are helping the clients there to see what works and how to manage them. He says the plan also intends to have the five along with the staff travel back to Guam as a group and put them in a group setting on island.
It costs taxpayers between $300,000-$400,000 a year for each consumer who is being treated off-island.