$11 Mil Grant Awarded to State to Improve Mental Health of Youth
The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division (CAMHD) was awarded the four-year grant by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The grant will focus on enhancing services for approximately 2,400 youth (ages 3-21) with serious emotional disturbances per year statewide.
Funding will begin in August.
“Now more than ever, it is important for us to work collaboratively with our child-serving partners to protect and improve children’s mental health,” said CAMHD Acting Administrator, Scott Shimabukuro. “We know that the COVID-19 pandemic and other societal stressors will have lasting impacts on the wellness of our children and families. These funds offer the opportunity to use cutting-edge strategies to address this growing crisis in our state.”
As the largest, Medicaid-serving, behavioral health care organization in Hawai‘i, CAMHD provides mental health services free of charge to eligible youth with severe emotional and/or behavioral challenges. Services include assessment, case management, and an array of therapeutic supports provided in the home and community, or temporary out-of-home placements.
The goals of the expansion grant, also described as the “Data to Wisdom” grant, are to reduce out-of-home mental health services by improving youth outcomes through strengthening the state’s data-driven decision making infrastructure; increasing coordination across child-serving agencies; improving adherence to Child and Adolescent Service System Program principles, and bolstering in-home treatments that strengthen families.