Pohnpei State Government
Department of Health Services
P.O Box 189 | Kolonia, Pohnpei FSM, 96941|
W (691) 320-2216 Ext. 173
M (691) 921-9355



“To implement programs and services that assist all those with a disabling mental illness, emotional problem, or substance abuse problem to acquire the skills, support and resources they need to succeed where they choose to love, learn and work; and to maintain responsibility to the greatest extent possible for setting their own goals, directing their own lives and acting responsibly as members of a family, village or island and state.”


1. To educate the community, especially targeting the at risk youth population, of the health and social problems associated with substance abuse - including alcohol, tobacco, addictive drugs, i.e. marihuana and amphetamines and inhalants, i.e. gasoline and glue.

2. To organize, instruct and support peer counseling groups within youth communities.

3. To monitor Pohnpei State Laws regarding tobacco and alcohol sales.

4. To provide counseling services for clients diagnosed with substance abuse - and their families.

5. To educate the community to have an understanding of mental illness to ensure clients diagnosed with a mental illness are treated with empathy and dignity.

6. To ensure that clients diagnosed with a mental illness receive ongoing medical treatment, counseling and support with monthly follow up visits to ensure medication compliance and mental health stability.

7. To ensure that clients diagnosed with acute psychosis receive holistic treatment with dignity in the SAMH Holding Unit or the State Jail.

8. To provide counseling services and support groups for families of mentally ill clients.

9. To organize Day Programs for the mentally ill to encourage daily living routines and social interaction.

10. To implement Outreach programs in communities on Pohnpei proper, in collaboration with the dispensaries and Outer Island CHA’s, to provide substance abuse awareness programs, identify and counsel/treat persons with signs and symptoms of substance abuse and mental illness and follow up clients already under prescribed treatment regimes.

11. To provide recommendations and support to Community Health Assistants on the Outer Islands by weekly radio contact.

12. To promote drug-free work place environments.

13. To maintain an accurate computer registry of all clients diagnosed with substance abuse or a mental illness to ensure ongoing counseling/treatment and for information for reports and statistics.



To ensure there are adequate staff to provide effective and efficient services to enable predetermined SAMH Program goals to be achieved.


• The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Program (SAMH) is a Pohnpei State Government initiative supported by the FSM SAMH Program directed by the Director of Pohnpei State Health and Social Services.

• FSM funds provided for the Program are for personnel, travel, fixed assets, consumables including medications, educational material, equipment and contractual services.

• In Pohnpei State, the SAMH Program is one of the programs within the Division of Primary Health Care and is managed by a Program Coordinator who reports to the Chief of Primary Health Care.

• SAMH works closely with the FSM Substance Abuse and Mental Health Council. Every FSM state has two active Council members appointed by the respective State Governors, and two back-up members. The Pohnpei State SAMH Council has 8 members who meet every quarter.

• The purpose of the Council is to promote substance abuse and mental health services and awareness for the benefit of all citizens of the FSM and abides by the FSM Substance Abuse and Mental Health Council By-Laws. The responsibilities of Council in Pohnpei State are to monitor, review, evaluate and recommend, not less than annually, the allocation and adequacy of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services and approve the Program budget. The findings and recommendations of the Council are reported to the FSM Secretary, Department of Health and Social Services.

• The Program Coordinator is responsible and accountable for optimum program outcomes. He/she sets goals, plans strategies, implements actions and evaluates outcomes.

• The Program Coordinator is assisted to achieve predetermined program objectives and goals by:-