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$16 billion Hawaii state budget passes House, moves to Senate

| Mar 18, 2022 | Hawaii

The Hawaii House of Representatives unanimously voted Wednesday to pass House Bill 1600 HD1, the Executive Branch Budget. This supplemental budget includes approximately $8.5 million in General Funds and $16.6 billion in All Means of Financing.      Chair of the House Committee on Finance Rep. Sylvia Luke (D -...[ Read More ]

HHHRC advocates for a public health model approach to drug use

| Mar 11, 2022 | Hawaii

Harm reduction advocates are calling for actions that place the health, safety, and dignity of drug users at the center of the discussion.  Nikos Leverenz, president and Board of Directors at Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii and grants and advancement manager for the Hawaii Health and Harm Reduction Center (HHHRC),...[ Read More ]

Aloha United Way addresses “benefits cliffs” for Hawaii’s low-income families

| Mar 8, 2022 | Hawaii

A new dashboard will provide critical insight for low-income families in Hawaii to improve their social and economic well-being.  The Career Ladder Identifier and Financial Forecaster (CLIFF), launched in late February, will allow people to analyze financial impacts of new career pathways, with a goal of minimizing “benefits cliffs”—when a...[ Read More ]

5 Things Hawaii: Q&A w/ HBPC Director Will White, First decking, Hawaii CARES

| Mar 3, 2022 | Hawaii

This edition of "5 Things We're Watching" features several of the conversations our team at State of Reform has hosted over the past month. We have a Q&A with the new director of the Hawaii Budget and Policy Center, comments from Lt. Gov. Josh Green from our recent federal policy...[ Read More ]

DOH prepares for new Hawaii CARES contract and 988 implementation

| Mar 2, 2022 | Hawaii

The Behavioral Health Services Administration (BHA) under the Department of Health is working to update and improve its one-stop shop behavioral health crisis response system, Hawaii CARES. Improvements will help the administration prepare for the implementation of the nationwide 988 suicide prevention hotline later this year.     Starting next...[ Read More ]

Video: How COVID has changed our health care system

| Feb 23, 2022 | Federal, Hawaii

Health leaders from three corners of the country reflected on their experiences addressing the COVID-19 pandemic over the last two years at the 2022 State of Reform Federal Health Policy Conference. Discussions on the importance of addressing disparities with data, workforce reform, and more took place at the “How COVID...[ Read More ]