(PSS) — The Public School System Special Education Program and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. Family Health Information Center. or F2F HIC are working together to improve access to online therapy services by distributing 175 new headsets to children with special health needs enrolled in public schools.
The helmets, which will be distributed to schools in Saipan, Tinian and Rota, were made available through funding provided to CHCC by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
F2F HIC operates under CHCC’s Maternal, Infant, Child and Adolescent Health or MICAH programs.
“Our partnership with our public school system is very valuable,” said Danielle YJ Su, Children’s Health Coordinator, CHCC MICAH.
“We have an existing inter-agency agreement through CHCC…(and through this partnership) we believe that our children with special health care needs receive the specialist services needed through the special education program . We are here to support and collaborate,” she added.
“These headsets will directly benefit our students with special health needs and the professionals who serve them,” Su said.
Donna Flores, PSS-SPED program director, agrees. “It’s very timely for us, especially for the children in our program who have been receiving online therapy services since transitioning to distance learning last year,” Flores said.
This year, the school system’s special education program is providing online therapy and support services to more than 400 children with special needs. These online services include speech therapy and occupational therapy.
As determined by the CHCC, children who have special health care needs or disabilities are referred to the PSS Early Intervention Program or the Special Education Program.
Flores said PSS-SPED’s partnership with CHCC MICAH and other agencies is endless.
“We stand up for all of our children and provide them with the support they need so they can access and benefit from the same education and opportunities that all their non-disabled peers enjoy as they transition into adulthood,” he said. she adds.