C*DAC (Children's Developmental Assistance Center)/Early Intervention Program under the Maternal and Child Health Program.
The mission of C*DAD is to promote collaborative relationships among agencies and their families in order to maximize our children's potential and build respect for cultural values and family choices." Since 1987, the Public School System, in collaboration with the Department of Public Health, has provided Early Intervention Services to eligible infants and toddlers and their families. The Public School System, as the lead agency, is responsible for the general supervision, monitoring and implementation of Early Intervention Services within the CNMI. Family Centered Services are designed to support families in fulfilling their role as parents and to meet the developmental needs of children birth to three years old with disabilities or developmental delays in a culturally diverse community.
The program provides the following services: Assistive Technology and devise and services, audiology services, family training, counseling, home visit services, health services, medical services, nursing services, nutrition services, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Psychological Services, Service Coordination, Sign Language services, social work services, Special Instruction services, Speech-Language Pathology services, Transportation, and Vision services.
There is a total of ten (10) staff members: Robin Palacios (interim coordinator), Janelle Cepeda (Data Manager), Jonisa Deleon Guerrero (Special Instruction Teacher), Peter Ryan Mendiola (Special Instruction Teacher), Kristina Hayes (Speech Language Therapist), Pennie Mathias (Occupational Therapist), Severo Siasoyco (Physical Therapist), Doris Itibus (Service Coordinator), Ann Marie Satur (Service Coordinator), Angie Mister (Audiologist).
The program is open Monday-Friday 7:30am-4:30pm and during lunch as well. The office is closed on holidays.