The program is two-pronged:
- Professional counseling has started for those who have already called the Hope and Healing Guam hotline: 1-888-649-5288. This will be followed by rehabilitation and long-term treatment as needed, and guidance from a spiritual director.
- Individual review of each claim for compensation, along with referral for investigation, once an independent board is formed as early as next week.
Counseling, psychiatric care, and even rehabilitation should always come first when treating a victim of sex abuse. This is where healing begins, and many times, the victims cannot afford to pay for it. However, the program will be paying for the treatments.
The Hope and Healing Guam hotline is 1-888-649-5288 and is available 24 hours everyday. All calls are confidential. You can also read the interview with Attorney Michael W. Caspino, the Executive Director of the Hope and Healing Guam Program in the following weblink: