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Hope Services Hawai‘i Clinical Behavioral Health Program gets $75K boost from Kaiser Permanente

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Hope Services Hawai‘i is one of three nonprofit organizations throughout the state that was recently awarded grants from Kaiser Permanente Hawai‘i in support of their efforts to serve homeless and at-risk people in Hawai‘i’s most underserved communities.

A Hope Services outreach worker conducts a survey Jan. 27 in Kona for the federally-mandated Point in Time Count. File photo by Tiffany DeMasters/Big Island Now.

Hope Services received $75,000 for its Clinical Behavioral Health Program, which serves rural communities on the Big Island with the goal of ending homelessness, poverty and substance abuse. The funds will be used to improve access to quality and equitable health care through providing clinical assessments, case management, psychiatric services and substance abuse treatment.

Kaiser awarded a total of $240,000 to the three organizations. The other nonprofits to receive grants were:

  • Project Vision Hawai‘i was awarded $90,000 to expand and continue the organization’s mobile hygiene outreach program that provides hot showers, street medicine, medical education and assistance applying for health insurance. Project Vision operates in encampments, beaches, and parking lots on all four major islands.
  • Hawai‘i Health and Harm Reduction Center also received $75,000 that it will use to further its mission of providing homeless prevention services to O‘ahu’s transgender community through the Kua’ana Project.

“At Kaiser Permanente, it’s part of our mission to extend care beyond our hospital and medical facilities,” said Greg Christian, Hawai‘i market president for the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals. “We are honored to work with wonderful community partners to care for these underserved populations.”


The grants are the latest in a series of contributions from Kaiser to help residents throughout the state receive vital support services that impact their overall health. In 2022, Kaiser Permanente dedicated more than $2.2 million through community grants and scholarships to improve health and wellness in Hawai‘i.


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