Hawaiʻi Behavioral Health Training Institute (HBHTI)
The Hawaiʻi Behavioral Health Training Institute (HBHTI) is a HRSA-funded project built to develop statewide capacity via workforce development for addressing substance use disorder (SUD) issues, particularly in high need and high demand areas. HBHTI aims to achieve this through a variety of initiatives, including providing scholarships to trainees across the state. Trainees have opportunities to obtain an Certificate of Competence in Substance Use Disorders Counseling (COSUD) program at Leeward Community College (LCC), and work as an apprentice at an HBHTI-registered apprenticeship site for on-the-job training while working towards CSAC.
OD2A supports the Hawaii DOH in collecting high-quality, comprehensive, and timely data on nonfatal and fatal overdoses and in using those data to inform prevention and response efforts. OD2A focuses on understanding and tracking the complex and changing nature of the drug overdose epidemic and highlights the need for seamless integration of data into prevention strategies. Infographics to prevent and reduce the risk of drug overdose among kupuna.
With funding from the Centers for Disease Control BOLD initiative, the Executive Office on Aging (EOA) and UH Center on Aging will build a strong public health infrastructure to address Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD). It will ensure alignment with CDC’s Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map guidance and create a comprehensive Hawaii Alzheimer’s Disease State Plan.
Dementia Friends is a global movement that is changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia. Developed in the United Kingdom, the Dementia Friends initiative is underway in Hawaii and across the United States. The movement aims to raise public awareness about dementia and encourage people to turn that understanding into positive action of some kind. During one-hour training sessions, participants not only learn about what dementia is, but we also stress that people with dementia can still enjoy a good quality of life with support from their friends and loved ones. The information session ends with participants making a pledge to take action in their own communities. The UH Center on Aging is a dementia-friendly community champion, holding Dementia Friends sessions statewide.
The UH Center on Aging is working with the Hawaii Department of Human Services, Adult Protective Services to improve the quality of intake and investigations. The UH team is working with APS units to develop and pilot quality assurance tools and protocols for system quality improvement.