A bill that would convene a task force under the Hawaii Department of Health to study the availability of psilocybin-based products in Hawaii is making its way through the state legislature.      Psilocybin is a naturally-occurring chemical compound found in certain mushrooms and may be used to treat certain mental health conditions, such as … Read more

The Senate Committee on Ways and Means is set to vote later this week on the $16 billion state budget for FY 2023. The House unanimously passed the budget earlier this month, approving funding for health initiatives such as the Kupuna Care Program, new positions for the Office of Long-Term Care Ombudsman, and Early Intervention … Read more

A years-long process to transform Oahu’s long-term care and safety net services will have to wait a little longer—at least until a new state administration takes place next year.  Previous legislation mandated the transition of the Oahu regional health care system to the Department of Health to be completed by the end of this year, … Read more

The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) announced Thursday that it would stop its daily reporting of COVID cases, switching to weekly reports instead.  COVID case rates have rapidly declined in Hawaii, falling from 324 new cases per day during the peak of the omicron variant in mid-January to eight new cases per day, according to … Read more

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 month, the Adult Mental Health … Read more

Members of the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) testified before the Senate Committees on Health and Ways and Means this month, presenting their legislative budget requests for fiscal year 2023. In total DOH is requesting $1.07 billion in budgetary funding, a $10 million increase from FY 2022.  Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (HHSC), which operates acute … Read more

Despite a recent surge in cases partly from the Omicron variant, the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) announced today that it would end operations of all state-operated quarantine facilities on Dec. 31, 2021.      The quarantine facility closures follow a Nov. 29 emergency proclamation from Gov. David Ige that directs counties to oversee emergency … Read more

When it comes to the COVID-19 Omicron variant, Lieutenant Governor Josh Green says the state will maintain its current vaccine and restriction protocols, but remain watchful as new research emerges. The Hawaii Department of Health confirmed the first case of the variant in the state on Thursday, and has since announced two additional cases on … Read more

Hawaii Department of Health state epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Kemble set the record straight Wednesday on how the Delta variant and COVID-19 vaccines affect Hawaii’s keiki, especially as kids return to in-person learning. Dr. Natasha Ching, a pediatric disease specialist at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, joined Dr. Kemble during a panel discussion, hosted … Read more

The Hawai‘i Department of Health is issuing prioritization guidelines for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in order to implement the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendations on COVID-19 booster doses. First and second doses should have priority over any booster doses. The best way to protect Hawai‘i families and communities is to ensure that … Read more