The State of Hawaii provides mental health services to children and youth through a system of care that includes both school-based services provided by
the Department of Education (DOE) and an array of more intensive mental health services contracted by the Department of Health (DOH) Child and Adolescent
Mental Health Division (CAMHD).
Families interested in obtaining services through the DOH CAMHD should contact the Family Guidance Center (FGC) located in the school district of their
home school. FGC staff will assist families with the process of determining whether their child is eligible for DOH services or whether their child can be
better helped by other agencies. Eligible young people will be assigned a DOH Mental Health Care Coordinator (MHCC). The youth may, and often will, continue
to receive School-Based Behavioral Health (SBBH) services and support from the DOE in conjunction with DOH intensive mental health services.
To accompany the family through the various steps, a Parent-Partner from the Hawaii Families as Allies (HFAA) can be arranged at the FGC.
The youth will have access to the DOE's School-Based Behavioral Health (SBBH) services through the DOE's Comprehensive Student Support System (CSSS).
The Consumer Handbook is a useful CAMHD resource tool. It provides information about CAMHD
services and the rights and responsibilities of you and your child.
The Notice of Privacy Practices describes how medical information about you and
your child may be used and disclosed. It also describes how you can get access to this information.
The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) is organized into three administrations: Behavioral Health Services,
Health Resources, and Environmental Health. The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division (CAMHD) is a division
of the DOH Behavioral Health Services Administration, which also includes the Adult Mental Health Division and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division.
"Happy and Healthy Children and Families Living in Caring Communities"
The mission of CAMHD is to provide timely and effective mental health prevention, assessment and treatment services to children and youth with emotional and
behavioral challenges, and their families.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Divisionís Strategic Plan 2011-2014:
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Divisionís Strategic Plan aims to position the organization for the future. As the Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Division prepared its plan for childrenís mental health services, the most pressing issues were the poor economy, the depressed state budget, and national
health care reform. Based on the changed environment, CAMHD developed a strategic plan to maximize federal dollars and seek additional funding streams,
integrate health information technology to streamline operations, and move toward excellence in care by targeting younger children and strengthening evidence-based
CAMHD's Four Goals:
- Integrate Health Information Technology
- Strengthen Clinical Services
- Implement a Strategic Financial Plan
- Strengthen Effective Collaborations to Increase Early Access to Care
CAMHD has posted information on this web site that is related to our progress toward our goals.We continually update this information with the latest
annual and performance improvement reports, policies and procedures, and summaries of evidence based services, among other material. We invite you to explore
these materials and hope they will keep you informed of our activities.
If you have a comment or question about this web site, please write to:
Family Guidance Centers
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