by Krystal Paco
Guam - After two days of talks between the federal and local government a settlement has been reached.
At the center of discussions: outstanding issues and a timeline for the Department of Corrections' development, revision and implementation of a plan that provides adequate medical, dental and mental health care for inmates and detainees.
According to the order signed by the judge, DepCor director Jose San Agustin, independent monitor J. Bradley Klemm, and attorneys for the local and federal government several deadlines must be met. For example: within 30 days DOC must implement an inventory of prescription and non-prescription meds and ensure health records are created and properly maintained. Within three months DepCor has agreed to implement policies and procedures to ensure effective and efficient pharmaceutical operations. In about two years DepCor has agreed to maintain adequate staffing levels to ensure that infirmary care is appropriate to meet the serious needs of patients. The judge in the meantime also ordered that by September 30th, doc completes repairs to its electronic locking systems for several of its units.