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New team approach launched at Mental Health

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by Mindy Aguon

Guam - The federal management team is implementing a new way for Mental Health clients to receive services. When a person goes to get services from the department, they will now be assigned a team of professionals to provide clinical services to the public rather than just one person helping to eliminate the wait list for services.

"The team will then decide where, what services are needed, depending on the problem of course, if they need counseling but counseling is overloaded they can get other services while they are waiting for the counseling to become available," said Dr. James Kiffer. He believes the team has laid the proper foundation for the department to be in full compliance.

Although the transition from the federal management team takes effect on December 3, Kiffer says it's likely the injunction will remain in place for another twelve months depending on the government's progress. "I think being this close, I think Adelup and the Legislature need to be real cautious and say we want to support what's occurred and keep those things moving so the case is closed, otherwise I don't know how long this could drag on for but there's no point in it, we're really quite close at this time."

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