Hawaii Behavioral Health works closely with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division (CAMHD) by providing services to the following programs:

  • Intensive In-Home Therapy
  • Transitional Foster Home
  • Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention

CAMHD provides case management services to children and youth ages 3-20 with complex emotional and behavioral problems. Youth identified as requiring intensive mental health services may be enrolled with the Department of Health (DOH) Family Guidance Center (FGC) located in the school district of their home school. They are assigned an FGC Mental Health Care Coordinator (MHCC) at that time. Case management and clinical support is provided by the Family Guidance Centers (FGC) and clinical treatment for youth is provided through CAMHD’s contracted service providers. Youth may be referred either as a related service to their IEP, or if eligible for QUEST, through direct application to their local FGC under the Support for Behavioral and Emotional Development (SEBD) program.

The youth may, and often will, continue to receive School-Based Behavioral Health (SBBH) services and supports from the Department of Education (DOE) in conjunction with the intensive mental health services.

For more information, you can go the CAMHD Website:


Intensive In-Home Therapy
Intensive In-Home Therapy (IIH) is a program that provides therapeutic and intensive support services to our youth and their families. It is designed to mentor, stabilize and maintain the family’s ability to work towards imporving the youth’s ability to function in his or her current living environment and to prevent the need for placement outside the home or a DHS resource family.HBH youth enter the program through referrals from the Department of Health, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division Family Guidance Centers.

Services Include:

  • Licensed Therapist
  • Behavioral and Therapeutic interventions
  • Paraprofessional Support Services
  • Weekly services delivered in the family’s home or community
  • Behavioral management skills, parenting skills, and implementations of home based behavioral support plans)
  • Individualized measurable objectives and outcome driven service planning
  • Self-sufficiency assessment, individualized plan and age-appropriate skill building activities with progress tracked monthly.

Transitional Foster Home
This service is an intensive, short-term community-based treatment service provided in a family home setting for youth with emotional and behavioral challenges. These homes provide a normative, community-based environment with therapeutic parental supervision, home structure, and support for youth capable of demonstrating growth in such a setting. This setting provides a supportive platform for family therapy and treatment to occur with the goal of reuniting youth with their family or other longer term family home. These youth are generally capable of attending their home school or an alternative community educational or vocational program. Such homes may also be beneficial for youth in transition from a more restrictive placement as these homes offer a family-like orientation. This level of care is appropriate for youth in need of treatment placements of six (6) to eight (8) months and/or shorter-term crisis stabilization of one (1) to three (3) months.

Services Include:

  • Evidence-based interventions, including positive behavioral support delivered in the Transitional Family Home and positive behavioral support and parent management training for the family of origin/guardian.
  • Weekly Family Therapy with the youth and the family of origin, or guardian in the youth’s step down placement.
  • Weekly evidenced-based Individual Therapy provided to each youth to address issues identified in the MHTP. The therapist’s role is to support the youth’s adjustment in the transitional home, to provide support for the youth and to help him/her acquire and practice the skills needed to transition to their family or origin or post-treatment placement.
  • Culturally relevant recreational and social group activities that that support the development of interpersonal relating and life skills. A monthly allowance is provided to TFH parents for youth to participate in these activities.
  • Treatment team participates in regular meetings (no less than once a month) with transitional home parents in order to monitor the youth’s progress and discuss treatment strategies and services.
  • A documented treatment plan that identifies targets of treatment connected to realistic goals, objectives, and discharge criteria will be developed as part of the initial assessment process and includes information from the pre-admission meeting.
  • Treatment is designed to include all members of the family, not just the specific youth through regular family therapy and therapeutic home passes.

For families interested in becoming Transitional Foster Parents, HBH provides:

  • Extensive training and 24/7 support
  • Enrichment allowance for each child
  • A generous tax-free stipend and respite care

Transitional Foster Home

Become a Transitional Foster Parent:

Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention

Hawaii Behavioral Health is the only agency that provides Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention (CBI) in the state of Hawaii.
Project Laulima and CAMHD have contracted with Hawaii Behavioral Health to provide CBI services for CAMHD-eligible youth.
CBI 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 that estimates the youth is functioning in the mild range of intellectual disability, etc.)

CBI 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.

CBI 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.

For more information about our CAMHD programs, please call where services are provided at the following locations:

Oahu – (808) 380-4625
Big Island (Hilo) – (808) 935-7949
Big Island (Waimea) – (808) 887-0741
Kauai – (808) 246-9104
Maui – (808) 242-7294

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