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How Hawaii can build a better behavioral health and substance use network of care, according to experts

| Oct 6, 2021 | Hawaii

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has opened conversations about improving behavioral health across the nation, and the importance of creating robust, communicative systems of care. In Hawaii, the state’s unique geography and cultural demographics have led to the development of a diverse network of behavioral health services. State of Reform spoke...[ Read More ]

Q&A w/ HHHRC Director Heather Lusk on harm reduction in Hawai‘i

| Sep 23, 2021 | Hawaii

Heather Lusk is the executive director of the Hawai‘i Health and Harm Reduction Center (HHHRC). HHHRC has stayed open throughout the pandemic, serving communities at the intersection of houselessness, chronic diseases such as HIV, and behavioral health and substance use. In this Q&A, Lusk speaks on how HHHRC was able...[ Read More ]

A look at Hawaii's underfunded meth epidemic

| Sep 15, 2021 | Hawaii

Discussions on substance use disorder in Hawaii have become more prevalent, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Advocates are focusing particularly on opioid use, and ways to reduce stigma and overdose among Hawaii residents. However, one Oahu doctor says the same focus should be spent on Hawaii’s methamphetamine epidemic.     ...[ Read More ]

Video: Brian Baker on destigmatizing mental health in Hawaii

| Aug 2, 2021 | Hawaii

Brian Baker, vice president of national client partnerships at Beacon Health Options, speaks on the need to have more honest conversations about behavioral health in Hawaii.      Baker says that health care providers should seize the opportunity to have these conversations with their clients as mental health becomes less...[ Read More ]