(PSS) — The Public School System’s Special Education Program and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.’s Family to 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 healthcare needs who enrolled in public schools.

The headsets, which will be distributed to Saipan, Tinian and Rota schools, were made available through funding awarded to CHCC by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. 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, child health coordinator, CHCC MICAH.

“We have an existing interagency agreement through CHCC…(and through this partnership) we believe that our children with special healthcare needs are receiving the needed specialty services through the Special Education Program. We are here to support and collaborate,” she added.

“These headsets will directly benefit our students with special healthcare needs and the professionals who serve them,” Su said.

PSS-SPED Program Director Donna Flores agreed. “It’s very timely for us, especially for children in our program who are receiving online therapy services since the transition into remote instruction last year,” Flores said.

This year, the school system’s Special Education Program is providing online therapy and support services to over 400 children with special needs. These online services include speech pathology and occupational therapy.

As determined by CHCC, children who have special healthcare needs or disability are referred to the PSS Early Intervention Program or Special Education Program.

Flores said PSS-SPED’s partnership with CHCC MICAH and other agencies is never ending.

“We advocate for all of our kids and provide them the support that they need to be able to access and benefit from the same education and opportunities that all of their non-disabled peers are afforded as they transition into adulthood,” she added.

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