Hawaii Behavioral Health’s ABA Program offers services to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families on the islands of Oahu, Hawaii, Kauai, and Maui. Services can include one-to-one learning opportunities, as well as social skills groups. We offer a variety of services across different settings including school, community, clinic, and home. Our programs empower clients through a provision of services that are individualized, child and family-centered, strengths-based, culturally relevant, and outcome focused.
Behavior analysis focuses on the principles that explain how learning takes place. Some of those are positive reinforcement, teaching in small steps, prompting, and repeated practice.
Through decades of research, the field of behavior analysis has developed many techniques for increasing useful behaviors and reducing those that may cause harm or interfere with learning. ABA is the use of these techniques and principles to bring about meaningful and positive change in behavior.
ABA looks for functional relationships between a child’s environment and their behavior. The goal of ABA therapy is to increase desirable behaviors that lead to improved quality of life, while reducing behaviors that adversely impact your child’s ability to communicate and learn.
Our ABA team will start by conducting assessments to understand your child’s specific needs that can include development of practical life skills, language, and generalized learning. Our ABA team will also perform a functional behavior assessments (FBA) for children.
After the assessments have been conducted and we understand your family’s goals and preferences, a BCBA will draft a custom Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP). The plan and clinical recommendations will be shared with parents and caregivers.
1. Adhere to program policies
2. Keep all records up to date
3. Maintain open communication
4. Participation in treatment
LEAP is designed to provide clients with the opportunity to access intensive Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services in a center-based setting. ABA principles are utilized in individual and group settings. Our goal is to increase the skills of our learners and assist them in preparing for their transition to elementary education.
Children 2 - 6 year of age diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, and who qualify to receive ABA services through their private health insurance plans
Monday -Friday, 9am-3pm (days and times may be flexible)
Hawaii Behavioral Health’s Child Adolescent Mental Health Division (CAMHD) Program offers services to children and youth with mental health, emotional, and/or behavioral needs on the islands of Oahu, Hawaii, Kauai, and Maui. We offer services through our Transitional Family Home (TFH) Program, Intensive In-home (IIH) Therapy Program, and Adaptive Behavioral Interventions (ABI) Program.
Transitional Family Home Program is a temporary, out-of-home placement program for children and youth with mental health and behavioral health challenges to receive comprehensive support services to make positive changes in their lives and to be reunited with their parent or guardian. Services include an assigned therapist for weekly meetings as needed for stabilization, bi-weekly meetings to assess progress, and monthly activity allowance to encourage responsibility and budgeting, as well as pro-social activities outside of the home.
Our therapeutic team of mental health professionals work intensely with children and youth and their families to improve their quality of life and relationships. Children and youth who have been displaying behavioral or emotional challenges in the home and/or community may benefit from this service. Services occur in the home or community, approximately 4 – 6 hours per week, for up to 6 - 8 months.
Adaptive Behavioral Interventions is a specialized intensive home and community-based service to provide treatment and support to youth with co-occurring mental health needs. Treatment focuses on children and youth who demonstrated a consistent pattern of borderline, mile, or moderate deficits in intellectual functioning. Services are designed to enhance the family’s capacity to sustain the child/youth in their current living environment and to prevent the need for outside placement due to behavioral challenges and reunify the family after the child/youth has been placed outside of the home, and to support the transition to a new resource family for foster youth with both developmental disabilities and behavioral difficulties.
Hawaii Behavioral Health’s Early Intervention Services program provides Positive Behavior Support (PBS) services to children with significant challenging behavioral needs who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) using evidence-based practices and provided by a Board-Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCBA).
PBS targets significant challenging behaviors and focuses on goals to target increasing socially appropriate behaviors (i.e., increasing social initiations) or functional skills (i.e., social communication skills, following instructions, sleep hygiene, safety skills, joint attention, tolerating change in environment, etc.). Services are provided on the islands of Oahu, Hawaii, Kauai, and Maui.
Must be ages 0 through 3 years of age and referred by the Department of Health, Early Intervention Section. Click here for more information.
Medicaid Waiver Services provide a range of services and support in the home and community for eligible participants. Services assist participants with achieving their goals and increasing their quality of life. HBH takes pride in the quality of services our dedicated staff provide. In addition to meeting the Medicaid Waiver Program requirements, HBH staff are also certified in Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) training to increase the knowledge and skills of our staff. HBH's DDD Program offers the following Medicaid Waiver Services to children and adults referred by the Department of Health, Developmental Disabilities Division on the islands of Oahu and Hawaii:
Services include a range of assistance or habilitative training in the participant’s home to acquire, retain, and/or improve skills related to living in his/her home and/or daily living skills.
Services support participant’s integration in the community by meeting the participant’s needs and preferences through community access.
Services combine elements of traditional pre-vocational services with career planning to provide supports that the participant may use to develop skills and interests for advancement or a change in the participant’s career plan.
Services are designed to maximize the participant’s skills, talents, abilities, and interest for employment in a competitive integrated work setting.
Services support family relationships to sustain the participant living in the family home and to provide relief to those persons who normally provide uncompensated care for the participant for at least a portion of the day.
Services assist unpaid caregivers, paid service supervisors and/or paid support staff in implementing the goals and outcomes developed from the person-centered planning process and included in the Individualized Service Plan.
Refereed by the Department of Health, Developmental Disabilities Division. Click here for more information.
For DDD Participants, contact your DDD Case Manager.
For Non-DDD Participants who are interested, individuals must go through the Department of Health, Developmental Disabilities Division’s Intake and Eligibility Determination to be determined eligible for DDD services. If eligible for DDD services, individuals may go through the Medicaid I/DD Waiver Admission process.
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