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Hawaii (HI) – Boys Homes

In 2005, the State of Hawaii ranked 39th nationwide for the total number of troubled teen arrests with 8,261 or 0.79% of the state population. Of the total offenses listed, the following are the top 10 reasons for juvenile arrests:

  1. Runaways – 2,873
  2. All other offenses (except traffic) – 1,865
  3. Property Crime – 1,243
  4. Larceny-theft – 1,029
  5. Other assaults – 792
  6. Drug abuse violations – 335
  7. Vandalism – 330
  8. Curfew and loitering law violations – 254
  9. Violent Crime – 232
  10. Motor vehicle theft – 124

Families with troubled teens may find assistance from the following resources:

Child Services

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division
CAMHD is the State-mandated agency that provides support services and programs to youth evaluated to be in need of intensive mental health services. Hawaii’s behavioral health services are school based and so such intensive mental health services may be undertaken with the Department of Eduction’s School-Based Behavioral Health services. Families are directed to Family Guidance Centers whose staff will assess and evaluate the children’s eligibility for mental health services. For eligible youth, a Mental Health Care Coordinator will assist and connect the family with relevant agencies so that they can obtain the services that the child requires. Parent Partners, a program of the Hawaii Families as Allies, may assist parents through the process should they ask for it. The website lists the regional contact information for the guidance centers. More »

Support for Emotional and Behavioral Development (SEBD)
A program under the oversight of the CAMHD, SEBD has a team of mental health professionals who coordinates the social and emotional health support that children needs and receives through the Division. Health and education professionals from relevant State agencies draw up a comprehensive treatment plan for the child, in coordination with parents or guardians as soon as the child has been assessed to need these services. The service plan could include, among other things, intensive case management; outpatient behavioral health services; crisis residential services; intensive outpatient services; Multisystemic Therapy; therapeutic foster home placement; community-based residential programs; and hospital-based residential programs. The program works under a referral process. More »

Therapists and Counselors

Parents and Children Together
PACT has two programs that address youth and children with behavioral, social and emotional issues. The Intensive Support Services Program-Oahu is a one-to-one program designed to address serious mental health problems and are implemented in concert with the family and state professionals, which may include parents or guardians, behavioral healthcare professionals, juvenile justice personnel, school personnel, other service providers, and significant kin. The Multisystemic Therapy provides treatment to youth who live at home and who are chronic, violent delinquents or who have serious and complex issues emotionally, socially and academically. Therapists help youth and parents keep on track of their goals with regards to school work, probationary and parole requirements, and avoiding detention or re-arrest. Therapists are on call, particularly in crises situations, and handles 4-6 cases at a time. Services are provided free of charge. More »

Child and Family Service
CFS have a youth services program which defines residential and foster care to young people with behavioral issues. They also provide alternative education to youth classified as at-risk. Although primarily serving families under the foster care program and families at risk for child abuse or neglect, the group provides counseling, outreach services, and parenting education classes. Services are free and the social worker handling the child’s case refers a child or family for this support. Service areas are in Oahu, Maui, Molokai, and Lanai. More »

Juvenile Justice

Office of Youth Services
The OYS is the state-mandated agency tasked with addressing prevention, incarceration and the aftercare needs of at-risk youths, troubled teens or youths in conflict with the law. The end goal is to reduce recidivism rates and prevent delinquency among Hawaii’s children. It’s core function is to manage the State’s juvenile correctional facility but also provides prevention, diversion, and intervention assistance. Overall, the OSY has oversight over the following services:

  • Youth Service Centers (YSC)
  • Youth Gang Response System (YGRS)
  • Adolescent Diversion – Ho’okala
  • Non-Residential and In-Community Services
  • Community-based Residential Services
  • Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility (HYCF)

YSCs helps families and the young by linking them with various community-based preventive and intervention resources and agencies to help at-risk youth cope with challenges. Adolescent Diversion – Ho’okala is a 24-hour access program that helps arrested youth who are considered non-violent with immediate intervention and assistance to keep them from getting into the juvenile justice system. Community-based residential services, on the other hand, undertake capacity-building education for youth in residential programs to transfer necessary skills for independent living, better decision-making, resiliency and risk reduction. More »

Hale Kipa – Hawai‘i Advocate Program
Hale Kipa is a private, not-for-profit group serving children aged 5 to 18 who are part of the State’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems, or for children who are highly likely to become wards of these agencies, to keep them staying at home and to protect the chances of reunification with their families. The services include prevention and intervention, foster care, shelter, residential homes, and counseling. Children who are aged up to 20 years old may avail of the program if they are under parole/probation. The child is referred to Hale Kipa by his/her Child Welfare Services case worker. Services are free of charge and staff members are on call 24/7 to respond to inquiries. More »

Alcohol and Substance Abuse Information and Programs

The Hawaii Partnership to Prevent Underage Drinking
The partnership consists of government agencies (federal, state, county), non-profit organizations, the private sector, and communities, with the objective of reducing alcohol purchase and consumption by minors. They educate the communities on underage drinking laws, and undertake such activities as shoulder tap operations, compliance checks, on-premise operations, park sweeps, decoy and adult chaperon recruitment. More »

Access to Recovery
ATR is for the wards of the Child Welfare Services who are in need of substance abuse treatment. They are provided vouchers to pay for community-based assessment and recovery services. The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division (ADAD) under the Department of Health is the mandated agency to oversee the disbursement of federal funds for the ATR. ATR works with service providers which are faith- and culturally-based to deliver these services. Oahu is ATR’s target service area because it is the largest city in the state with the most diverse rural and homeless individuals with addiction problems. More »

Parenting Classes

Parent Project – Hawai‘i Department of Education
Comprised of ten-week sessions, the HDOE’s Parent Project is based on the national Parent Project program which provides training for parents in dealing with strong-willed or out-of-control teens. The curriculum transfers prevention, identification and intervention strategies to parents in addressing high-risk teen behaviors like truancy in school, poor grade performance, substance abuse, violence and runaways, among others. Parents can refer themselves or by a child’s social worker. The classes are free, but parents must pay $24 for the workbook. More »

Families for R.E.A.L. (Resources and Early Access to Learn)
A school-based program under the HDOE’s Family Support, it trains parents on parenting strategies and educates them on child development. They also have parent-child activities and parent support groups. Target audience is parents and pregnant teens with children aged 0 to 5 years old. Service is free. More »


Med-QUEST Division (MQD)
Hawaii’s Medicaid which provides health coverage to lower income State residents, it accepts 125,000 Hawaii residents into the program annually, except when the recipient is a child. Children under six years or under 19 years old receive coverage under certain income requirements. Children in foster care or subsidized adoption programs until age 21 do not have restrictions in their coverage. Parts of the benefits include unlimited mental health benefits, and Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) for psychiatric, psychological, preventive and rehabilitative needs. More »

School Support

School Based Behavioral Health (SBBH)
The program provides school-based behavioral, emotional, and social development support services to children with mental health issues. Professionals from the DOE give the necessary assistance in collaboration with the child’s family, school and community. More »