Office is in...
2201 Waimano Home Road
Pearl City, Hawaii 96782
Ph: (808) 453-6151
- It is administered by
the Department of Health through the Developmental Disabilities Division.
It is established to develop, lead, administer, coordinate, monitor, evaluate,
and set direction for a comprehensive system to support and provide services
for survivors of neurotrauma injuries in the State of Hawaii.
- A good starting point
to obtain information on services and supports available in your community
- Call our Office at
(808) 453-6151, OR
- Use this website to
search for key information about the resources you are seeking.
- We will do our best to
steer you toward specific programs, services and supports that are currently
available in your community. It is important to remember that you may have
to make more than one phone call to obtain all the information you need. This
is time well spent.
- As you contact programs,
agencies or organizations for information, have relevant data ready
about the person with disability (whether it be you, a friend or relative).
Programs and services have a variety of eligibility criteria. Some will want
to know the individual's physician, health and functional status. Others may
require information on the person's income or assets. These details can be
crucial in directing you not only to appropriate services, but also in helping
to determine whether you are eligible for various programs and benefits.
and Intake to Access Our Program:
- Beyond the basic information
and referral serivce described above, you may want to apply to participate
in our Program.
Do you meet the defintion
of a neurotrauma injury?
A severe chronic disability
of a person that is attributable to an injury to the central nervous system,
such as traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury, and likely to continue
indefinitely. Neurotrauma can include other neurological dysfunctions but
does not include substance misuse and abuse, Alzheimer's disease, or the
infirmities of aging. Neurotrauma or other neurological deficits result
in substantial functional limitations in two or more of the following areas:
- Speech, hearing,
- Capacity for independent
- Economic sufficiency.
- Screening Process - call
our Office and tell us...
- Who are you?
- How can you be contacted?
- What is your neurotrauma
- What do you need
- What is your medical
- Current Intervetions/Treatments/Therapies
- Intake Process - we will
schedule a face-to-face meeting with you to gather additional information
and help you start creating an Action Plan based on your needs.
- Eligibility Process -
we will be mailing a "Request for Eligibility" Form to you. Take it to your
doctor and have him fill it in and return it to us. After the returned "Request
for Eligibility" Form has been received by our Office, a determination will
be made as to whether or not you are eligible to participate in our program.
We realize that some of
you might be unsure as to what direction you want your lives to take due to
current traumatic or extenuating situations, so person-centered planning is
an option you might consider. It should be emphasized that the plan is "your"
plan and not the Office's plan for you. You are responsible for acting on
the plan and we are responsible for providing you with the information to
help facilitate the process. The following criteria should be considered before
you decide that you want to go ahead with the planning process...
- Do you (as the focus
person) have a "circle" of people you can invite and who are willing to
participate in the planning process? The circle may include family
members, friends, care providers, professionals and others whom you invite
to join in the process of supporting your vision of a future and co-constructing
then participating in action plans to make that vision a reality.
- Is the plan better
than what you have now?
- Will it do no harm?
- Is there a commitment
to act on what the "circle" learns?
- Is there a commitment
to continue to learn?
Where possible "natural
supports" should be used and maintained. For action plans that require information
about neurotrauma and assistance to access services in your communities, our
Office may be able to assist you, contact us at (808) 453-6151.
For those with significant
neurotrauma disabilities, an important key in selecting the appropriate service
or mix of programs and in facilitating agency responsiveness is to get a comprehensive
assessment of your needs and the management or coordination of services provided
from various sources. Generally help in making these determinations is offered
from appropriate health and social agencies which offer assessment and case
management services once the individual has been accepted into their
program. Hospital social workers and discharge planners can be a great resource
for persons who are being discharged from a medical facility and are in search
of assistance programs.