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HOPE Recovery Center launches framework for problem gambling services

The Hinemlo O’hala Para Enteramenti, HOPE Recovery Center under the Substance Abuse, Addiction, and Rehabilitation (SAAR) program, under the Office of the Governor, continues to take steps to initiate their services on problem gambling, which they have been working on since 2018. Two of its clinical staff have completed their problem gambling certification studies and are ready to start their clinical hours toward their certification. 

Veteran town hall meetings to take place on Rota and Tinian

Governor Ralph DLG. Torres, through the CNMI Office of the Governor and the CNMI Office of Veterans Affairs, invites all Veterans residing on Rota and Tinian to Veteran town hall meetings to discuss issues of concern for Veterans and military families.

CNMI Veterans Affairs Office continues to address Veterans’ healthcare challenges

The CNMI Veterans Affairs Office (VAO) under the Office of the Governor continue to address Veterans’ healthcare challenges, such as the vendorization of CHCC Pharmacies on all three islands, credentialing and increasing numbers of Healthcare Providers on all three islands, and asking our only inter-island commuter airline, Star Marianas Air, to become a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) vendor.

CNMI State Workforce Development Board expands programs

The Governor’s State Workforce Development Board convened on March 11, 2022 under the leadership of the newly appointed Chairperson, Velma Palacios.  A part of the agenda included the continued eligibility of the Northern Marianas College, Guam Marianas Training Center, and the Island Training Solutions as approved providers of training for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Adult, Dislocated Worker, and Youth programs administered by the Department of Labor – Workforce Investment Agency. 

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Office of the Governor Response to Dismissal of Lawsuit Filed Against the House Judiciary & Government Operations Committee

Yesterday, the Superior Court held that the Office of the Governor could not proceed with its case against the House Judiciary and Government Operations Committee. Although the Administration respects the decision of the Judge, we believe the decision is erroneous by ignoring and misinterpreting law and precedent. For example, in its rush to follow federal precedent, it skipped right over the plain text of the Commonwealth Constitution. Then it overlooked some of the most important protections found even in the federal cases — such as the rule that the legislature may subpoena the executive only when the information it needs is not reasonably available anywhere else. The decision will be appealed. It will be for the Supreme Court to ultimately decide the merits of this civil case.

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