ABI is a specialized intensive home and community-based service to provide treatment and support to youth with co-occurring mental health needs. The youth must be age 3-20 years old and has demonstrated a consistent pattern of borderline, mild, or moderate deficits in intellectual functioning (e.g. tested IQ of 55-85; assessment from a QMHP – Qualified Mental Health Professional – that estimates the youth is functioning in the mild range of intellectual disability, etc.)
ABI is designed to enhance the family’s capacity to sustain the youth in their current living environment and to prevent the need for placement outside the home due to behavioral challenges.
ABI also may be used to help reunify the family after the youth has been placed outside the home or to support the transition to a new resource family for foster youth with both developmental disabilities and behavioral difficulties.
Project Laulima and CAMHD have contracted with Hawaii Behavioral Health to provide ABI services for CAMHD-eligible youth. Hawaii Behavioral Health is the only agency that provides Adaptive Behavioral Interventions in the state of Hawaii.
Funding Source: Department of Health – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division (CAMHD)