Earlier this week, Hawaii News Now aired a story about the inter-agency collaborative work being done to look at how we can all better assist the high percentage of low-level offenders who end up in jail while struggling with mental illness and/or addiction. Collaboration between nonprofit organizations as well as bodies of government, law enforcement and the court system is essential to successfully addressing some of our community’s challenges.
There are many organizations and individuals involved in this effort, which is spearheaded by Heather Lusk of The CHOW Project (Community Health Outreach Work to Prevent HIV/AIDS). Everyone that is participating, including our Behavioral Health division, is looking for solutions that can help those who often fall through the gaps in the systems. We are proud to be a part of the discussion and effort and look forward to better serving this community of individuals.