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.

 

Hawaii Department of Health Launches New Website – Hawai’i Network of Care

The Mental Health Transformation State Incentive Grant and the Hawai‘i Department of Health has launched a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies concerned with veterans’ issues.

Governor Abercrombie speaks to some veterans about the new “Hawaii Network of Care”

The Hawai’i Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families (www.Hawaii.NetworkofCare.org) is an online information place that provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. It ensures there is “No Wrong Door” for those navigating the system of veterans’ services.

Regardless of where veterans, service members, and their families begin their search for assistance and services, the Hawai’i Network of Care ensures they will find what they need. The Hawai’i Network of Care provides a comprehensive Service Directory of all service providers in Hawai’i, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time.  The Hawai’i Network of Care also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about crisis intervention, employment, education, and reintegration points of contact, as well as daily news articles from around the nation concerning veterans’ issues.

The new Web site will enable veterans, service members, and their families to educate themselves about their issues; understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and better manage their affairs, interactions and important records.

To increase accessibility and accommodate the Network of Care’s users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The Network of Care also provides key information in multiple languages.

Trilogy Integrated Resources, Inc., of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families, and all of the other Network of Care Web sites, including the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities; the Network of Care for Behavioral Health; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Children & Families (ages 0-18); the Network of Care for Domestic Violence; the Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness; and the Network of Care for Probation Services.

Trilogy, the leading information provider in the field of social services, now serves 25 states via the Network of Care. For more information, please contact Trilogy at 415-458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com.

Got Mental Health…? Public Invited to Conferences Planned Statewide

May is Mental Health Month, and the Consumer, Family & Youth (CFY) Alliance is inviting the public to attend one of six conferences statewide. The theme for these events is “Got Mental Health? The Transformation Continues…” Conference dates and locations are:

  • May 23 Moloka‘i – Kulana ‘Oiwi, Kaunakakai
  • May 24 Kaua‘i – Kaua‘i Community College
  • May 25 Maui – Maui Community College
  • May 29 Honolulu – McKinley High School
  • May 30 Hilo – Chiefess Kapi‘olani Elementary School
  • May 31 Kona – West Hawai‘i Civic Center

Registration for all conferences begins at 8:30 a.m. The opening plenary is at 9:30 a.m., and all conferences end at 2 p.m. A nominal fee of $5 covers lunch and materials.

The conferences will provide consumers and their ‘ohana with educational opportunities that focus on mental health and wellness. Workshops may include: the Copeland Center Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP); Suicide Prevention; Behavioral Health Services in Medicaid; Trauma Informed Care; Social Security Insurance Updates, and more. An update of the CFY Alliance and news of a newly formed 501(c)(3) will be shared at lunchtime plenaries.

Deadline to register is May 15, 2012. For a registration form, call (808) 453-6618 or email CFYAlliance@gmail.com. To learn more about these conferences, contact Carol Medina by phone at (808) 453-6618 or e-mail: carol.medina@doh.hawaii.gov.

Funding for the conferences is provided by the Olmstead Grant, the State Council on Mental Health Block Grant, and the Mental Health Transformation State Incentive Grant number 6 U79 SMS57457-05 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The views expressed during the  conferences do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The CFY Alliance is an organization of adult and youth consumers, their families, communities, and programs that share information and come together with a sense of commonality on mental health issues, concerns, and policies to create a unified voice.

The Mental Health Transformation State Incentive Grant administered by the Hawai‘i State Department of Health supports the development and implementation of CFY meetings, conferences, and trainings to assure collaboration, share opportunities, and improve communication and coordination of activities for individuals living with mental illness.