Public Input Sought Regarding the Independent Living Older Blind Program Policies and Procedures
The CNMI Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) will be holding a public forum on the proposed policy and procedures revisions to its Independent Living Older Blind (ILOB) Program. The following is a summary of the proposed changes:
ILOB Policy and Procedures should be a standalone document as it is a separate grant program.
Eye surgery will be removed from the service list. The annual grant budget is only $40,000, less $16,240 for staff salary/benefits, which leaves approximately $23,760 for direct services. This will allow for services to be provided to more eligible individuals. (Cataract surgery and its associated costs is estimated at approximately $16,000 per eye.)
Insert clause in the P&P that the program can only cover eyeglass frames up to $150.
A “Definitions” section was added: Referral, Applicant, Consumer, and ILOB Caseworker.
Added to the service list are the services being provided by CLI: Information & Referral, Peer Counseling, Advocacy, Independent Living Skills, and Transition.
Expanded on the “Financial Participation” section.
The proposed policy revisions are available for review at:
The public hearing is scheduled for all three islands (Saipan/Rota/Tinian) to solicit comments from a representative and diverse population. The date, time and locations are as follows:
Saipan: January 20, 2017 Time: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Location: NMC VTC Room D-1
Tinian: January 20, 2017 Time: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Location: NMC VTC Room C
Rota: January 31, 2017 Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m. Location: Office on Aging
All interested persons are hereby given the opportunity to participate by submitting data, views, or recommendations orally or in writing. If you need auxiliary aids or other accommodation, please contact Elvira Seman of OVR at 322-6537/38 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Written comments must be submitted no later than the close of business at 4:30 p.m. or postmarked (P.O. Box 501521, Saipan, MP 96950) by Friday, February 3, 2017, or by faxing it to 322-6548.