Department of Health to Hold Statewide Meetings to Discuss Mental Health Services

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) Adult Mental Health Division (AMHD) is conducting a series of community focus group meetings to solicit input from communities and stakeholders statewide about AMHD services for adults with severe and persistent mental illness. Information gathered at the meetings will be used for developing plans for 2013 and beyond. The meetings are open to the public and will be held in every county from Jan. 9 through Feb. 20, 2013.

Department of Health

“Gathering input from community members about the mental health system in each county plays a critical role in the state’s planning process for improving services,” said Health Director Loretta J. Fuddy. “These sessions offer an important venue for the public to provide their thoughts and insights about mental health services where they live and work. We invite and encourage all community members to participate in these focus groups.”

Schedule of statewide meetings:

Maui (Wailuku), Jan. 9, 2013, 10 – 11:30 a.m., Cameron Center Auditorium, 95 Mahalani St., Wailuku, HI 96793

Hawaii (Hilo), Jan. 16, 2013, 10 – 11:30 a.m., Environmental Health Building Conference Room, 1582 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo 96720Page 2 DOH Holds Statewide Meetings to Discuss Mental Health Services

  • Oahu (Honolulu), Jan. 25, 2013, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., Lanakila Health Center Conference Room, 1700 Lanakila Ave., Honolulu, HI 96817
  • Hawaii (Kona), Jan. 28, 2013, 10 – 11:30 a.m., West Hawaii Civic Center Conference Room, 75-5044 Ane Keohokalole, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
  • Oahu (Leeward), Jan. 29, 2013, 2 – 3:30 p.m., Waipahu Aloha Clubhouse Conference Room, 94-091 Waipio Pt. Access Rd., Waipahu, HI 96797
  • Kauai (Lihue), Jan. 31, 2013, 2 – 3:30 p.m., Kauai District Health Office Conference Room, 3040 Umi St., Lihue, HI 96766
  • Lanai, Feb. 15, 2013, 10 – 11:30 a.m., Hale Kupono O Lanai Elderly Conference Room, Lanai City, HI 96763 (Tentative)
  • Molokai, Feb. 20, 2013, 10 – 11:30 a.m., Office of Hawaiian Affairs Conference Room, Kulana Oiwi Complex, Bldg. D., 600 Maunaloa Hwy., Kalamaula, HI 96748

Registration is not required. If accommodations for hearing or visual impairments are requested, please contact Ms. Judith Clarke at the Adult Mental Health Division (808) 586-4686.

 

Public Invited to Big Island Memorial Service for Senator Daniel K. Inouye

The public is invited to a memorial service for the late U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye, a war hero, distinguished president pro-tempore of the United States Senate, and an effective advocate for the people of Hawai‘i for more than five decades.

Senator Inouye

The Hawai’i Island memorial will be held tomorrow, December 27, at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo. Visitation will begin at noon with a service beginning at 1 p.m.

Led by Kahu Daniel Kaniela Akaka, Jr., the service will include remembrances by State Senator Malama Solomon; former State Senator Dwight Takamine, who is Director of the State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations; Barry Taniguchi, President and CEO of KTA Super Stores; Monty Richards, Chairman of Kahua Ranch; Ka’iu Kimura, Director of the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center; and Mayor Billy Kenoi.

The Inouye family requests no flowers and no koden. They request instead that donations be made to the Daniel K. Inouye Fund at the Hawai‘i Community Foundation, 827 Fort Street Mall, Honolulu, 96813. Contributions may also be made online at HawaiiCommunityFoundation.org. The fund will continue to help organizations and causes that the Senator championed over the years.

Memorial Books Still Available at Mayor’s Offices

Memorial books will be available through Friday, Dec. 28, at the Mayor’s Offices at the Hawai‘i County Building and the West Hawai‘i Civic Center. The public is invited to sign the books and remember a man who did so much for the people of Hawai‘i for so long. The books will be sent to the Inouye family.

The office is open weekdays from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call the Mayor’s Office in Kona at 323-4444 or in Hilo at 961-8211