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Center for Living Independently in the CNMI (CLI-CNMI)

The Center for Living Independently in the CNMI (CLI-CNMI) was established in 2001 as a satellite office of the Hawaii Center for Independent Living and after a successful audit in 2005, it ended its affiliation with Hawaii and became an independent agency named the Center for Living Independently in the CNMI. Since then the CLI-CNMI acquired IRS 501 (c)(3) and became a non-profit organization run by and for individuals with disabilities. It is funded through a grant from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living Independent Living Service Grant.

VISION: To provide a comprehensive range of services which will enable our people with disabilities to live as independently as they choose within the community.

MISSION: To ensure the rights of people with disabilities to live independently and fully integrated within the community.


Monday-Friday: 7:30am - 4:30pm


Individuals with looking to live independently in their community




  • Valid ID

  • Health Insurance Card(s)

  • Disability Certification (e.g. Individualized Education Plan, Individualized Plan of Employment, Certification from a doctor, etc.)


  • INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS: CLI-CNMI guides consumers in developing the skills needed to live independently. Life skills trainings offered through CLI-CNMI include: household management, self-care and hygiene, financial management, utilizing public transportation or local paratransit, navigating through the social services system, problem-solving techniques, and personal safety.

  • ADVOCACY: Along with the disability community, CLI-CNMI stands up for change in systems that stand in the way of equal opportunity and inclusivity. We work with other advocacy agencies, community leaders, employers, and the general public to spread awareness.

  • TRANSITION: CLI-CNMI works with individuals with disabilities transitioning from secondary education to post-secondary life and adulthood. CLI-CNMI provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to acquire skills and information needed to live independently.

  • INFORMATION AND REFERRAL: With knowledge of local agencies (e.g. Disability Network Partners) and available programs to help with various needs, CLI-CNMI provides individuals with disabilities such information and makes referrals to respective resources.

  • PEER SUPPORT AND MENTORING: CLI-CNMI provides one-to-one informational support, education, and guidance. Members of CLI-CNMI's peer support teams: Independent Living Group (ILG) and Voices of the CNMI provide non-clinical supportive counseling to consumers. Such support from peers offers emotional, social, and practical assistance that paves the way to maintaining a healthy and independent life. Members of these groups serve as peer mentors and empower consumers to achieve greater independence by sharing their experiences, challenges, and problem-solving efforts as people with disabilities.

Other Services:

CLI-CNMI does not provide such programs, but assists with the application processes for the following:

  • Assistance from the Northern Marianas Housing Corporation

  • Nutrition Assistance Program

  • Medicaid

  • Social Security Benefits

  • Northern Marianas College

  • NMTech

  • And More

The community resource directory information is up to date to the best of our knowledge. However, you should always call the provider to confirm this information and make an appointment. Be sure to confirm payment information with the provider, if payment is required. We do not rate, recommend or endorse any agency. We simply provide information as a public service. (Information from

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