Webinar: Triad Approaches to Helping Those Dealing with Homelessness, Substance Abuse, and Mental Illness @ Queens Conference Center Auditorium (QCC) or Zoom Webinar
Jul 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Free Zoom Webinar and/or In-person training at Queens Conference Center (QCC).

Helping Hands Hawai‘i administers numerous programs that benefit Hawai‘i’s people especially those programs that help people who are dealing with multiple problems of homelessness, substance abuse and mental illness. Within Helping Hands Hawai‘i are several Behavioral Health Programs including a Housing First Project called Hawai‘i Pathways Project, funded through Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division (ADAD). Helping Hands Hawai‘i uses the housing first model to provide housing first, then implement wrap-around support, treatment, and life skill services that are necessary to help individuals to stabilize, improve their quality of life and maintain housing.

Learning Objectives:

1. Examine the approaches and services use to offer housing first for homeless people in Hawai‘i .
2. Discuss support services, treatments, and life skill services available through Helping Hands Hawai‘i and their partners to help stabilized high-risk individuals.
3. Share resources, tips and success stories from Helping Hands Hawai‘i’s Behavioral Health Programs.

Presenter is Heather Pierucki, MA, LMHC, QMHP
Director of Behavioral Health at Helping Hands Hawai‘i

Webinar: Emotional Wellbeing – Mental Health Screenings and Supportive Resources @ Queens Conference Centers Auditorium (QCC)or Zoom Webinar
Aug 10 all-day

Free Zoom Webinar and/or In-person training at Queens Conference Center (QCC).

Mental wellness is becoming increasingly tricky to maintain in our busy lives even as stigma decreases and access to care increases. 1 in 5 people in the U.S. have a diagnosable mental health condition yet many do not seek treatment. Early intervention is key to both prevention and successful recovery. Screening tools are widely available and can be used to identify potential needs in a variety of settings, including primary care.

Mental Health America has made ten screening tools easily accessible to the public online: depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, Youth, Parent (for child concern), alcohol or substance use, psychosis, eating disorder, and work health survey. Their Screening to Supports (S2S) Initiative offers users the ability to self-screen and connect with supports in their community.

Learning Objectives:
1. Examine MHA’s online mental health screening tools and how to interpret individuals’ results.
2. Discuss screening results and recommendations for both national and Hawai‘i trends
3. Review Hawai‘i-based tools, resources and information for mental health.

Trainer is Trisha Kajimura, MPH, Executive Director – MHAH.

Webinar: Opioid Use, Abuse, and Solutions @ Queens Conference Center Auditorium (QCC) or Zoom Webinar @ Queens Conference Center (QCC) or Zoom Webinar
Sep 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Free Zoom Webinar and/or In-person training at Queens Conference Center (QCC)

A wave of opioid addiction is affecting communities in both Hawai’i and on the US continent. Use of opioids such as heroin, morphine, and prescription pain relievers has swelled to levels of dependency in many individuals, and being cut off by well-meaning providers causes many to seek elsewhere. Several factors contribute to the breadth and complexity of this urgent problem: severe chronic pain, greater use of prescriptions, aggressive marketing by pharmaceutical companies, among others. Services, solutions, and care management exist here in Hawai’i to reduce harm and improve quality of life for all.

Learning Objectives:

1. Discuss current trends in opioid use, dependence, and abuse.
2. Review the psychosocial and pharmacologic treatment options for clients with substance abuse/dependence.
3. Summarize what services are available for opioid dependent clients in Hawai’i and how to assist in the coordination of care.

Trainer is Heather Lusk, Executive Director of Life Foundation and Chow Project.

Webinar: Hawai’i Early Learning Program for Children: Creating the System Our Children and Families Deserve @ Queens Conference Center (QCC) or Zoom Webinar
Oct 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Free Zoom Webinar and/or In-person training at Queens Conference Center (QCC)

A strong early learning system is a wise public investment, returning $3-$8 in long-term benefits for every dollar spent. High quality childcare and preschool programs enhance school readiness, reduce achievement gaps between privileged and disadvantaged children, and can even have lasting effects on learning, behavior, and health in adulthood. Reliable, affordable childcare is also a necessity for working parents. Results of a recent statewide assessment of availability, cost, and quality identified bright spots as well as critical needs in our early learning landscape. Come and learn about hallmarks of quality programs, which of our communities are childcare deserts, and resources for families.

Learning Objectives:
1. Review the ways in which high-quality care early learning programs promote child and family wellbeing.
2. Discuss the current state of Hawai’i’s early learning system for children age 0.5.
3. Share stories about innovative programs in Hawai’i and resources to help families locate and pay for preschool and childcare.

Trainer is Barbara DeBaryshe, Interim Director and Specialist at the UH Center on the Family