Guam Bureau of Adult Protective Services selected as the recipient of the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) Collaboration Award

For Immediate Release
September 30, 2013;9:35am
DPHSS Release No. 2013-076

Guam Bureau of Adult Protective Services selected as the recipient of the
National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) Collaboration Award

I am pleased to announce that the Bureau of Adult Protective Services (BAPS),
Division of Senior Citizens (DSC) within the Department of Public Health and
Social Services (DPH&SS) has been selected as the recipient of the National
Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) Collaboration Award.

Through the leadership of Senior Citizens Administrator Arthur U. San Agustin,
on April 12, 2012 an Adult Protective Services Work Group was formed simply
through invitation to work collaboratively to review and refine the Adult
Protective Services mandate enacted over twenty years ago to protect vulnerable
seniors and adults with a disability from abuse, neglect and exploitation.
The work group was comprised of Social Services Supervisor Jocelynn Cruz,
Social Workers Francisco Limtiaco, Evelyn Cruz and Claire Virata staff from
the BAPS, DSC, and representatives from 15 community partners, which include:
Executive Director Diana Calvo and Deputy Director Jesse Catahay of Catholic
Social Service, Director Benito Servino of the Department of Integrated Services
for Individuals with Disabilities, Social Worker Marilyn Miral from the former
Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse now the Guam Behavioral Health
and Wellness Center, Executive Director Cynthia Cabot and Project Director PeterJohn
D. Camacho of the Guam Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence, Captain
Daren Burrier of the Guam Fire Department, Program Coordinator Yvonne Flores of Guam
Housing and Urban Renewal Authority, Program Coordinator Carol Cabiles of Guam Legal
Services Corporation Disability Law Center, Case Manager Jared Ada of Guam Medical
Transport, Social Worker Timothy Santos of Guam Memorial Hospital, Executive Director
Bernadita Grajek of  Guma’ Mami Incorporated, then Vice Mayor Louise Rivera on behalf
of the Mayor’s Council of Guam, Chief Deputy Attorney General Phil Tydingco of the
Office of the Attorney General, Public Guardian Marcelene Santos, Senator Aline A.
Yamashita Ph.D,  Family Liason Evelyn Claros of the Office of Senator Yamashita, and
Crew Chief  Brian Torres of Saint Joseph’s Medical Transport.

The APS Work Group met for fourteen (14) consecutive weeks, two (2) hours each week,
to review and cross-reference the Guam APS mandate with that of five other state APS
mandates, from the state of California, Texas, Tennessee, Florida and Hawaii.  Through
the section-by- section review of Guam's existing APS mandate, comparing the sections
to the five other states and incorporating practice experiences and professional
considerations into the discussions, resulted in the necessary and appropriate amendments
to the existing APS mandate to strengthen the law which protects two of our island’s most
vulnerable populations, our seniors and adults with a disability.

On August 16, 2013, a nomination was submitted to the National Adult Protective Services
Association (NAPSA) awards committee on behalf of the 15 member working group who put forth
the amendments to the Adult Protective Services Act which eventually became Public Law 31-278,
effectuated December 28, 2012 by Governor Eddie Baza Calvo.  This Bureau was notified on August
21, 2013 they were selected as the recipient of the National Adult Protective Services Association
(NAPSA) Collaboration Award in recognition of significant contribution to the growth and development
to the field of abuse of elders and persons with disabilities or protective services through
collaborative efforts.

I extend my congratulations and gratitude to all members of the working group for their commitment
and dedication to undertake this task to protect and serve our seniors and adults with a disability
who are now being recognized on a national level.

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