Category Archives: Mental Health

Check Out the Adult Mental Health Division of Hawaii!


Round_Color_logo   WHAT IS THE AMHD?  The Adult Mental Health Division (AMHD) is one part of the Hawaii State Department of HealthState of Hawaii. The Mission of the Department of Health is to protect and improve health and the environment for all people in Hawaii.  The AMHD strives to provide a comprehensive, integrated mental health system supporting the recovery of adults with severe mental illness.  The AMHD provides services to approximately over 14,000 adults with severe and persistent mental illness. Services are provided in State owned and operated facilities (Community Mental Health Centers located statewide and Hawaii State Hospital on Oahu) and through State developed contracts with private providers.

   WHAT DO THEY BELIEVE?  They believe that everyone has access to effective treatment and supports essential for living, working, learning and participating fully in the community.

   HOW MAY SOMEONE GET IMMEDIATE HELP?  The AMHD Crisis Line of Hawaii Program provides a team of trained and experienced professionals to provide help to you or a family member in times of mental health crisis. They are available to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. On Oahu, contact them at 832-3100. On the neighbor islands, call toll-free at 1-800-753-6879.  A call can be made by a family member, health professional, medical insurance company, court ordered treatment, or you can go to the nearest Community Mental Health Center or clinic during clinic hours.

   WHO QUALIFIES FOR HELP?  Adults residing in the state of Hawaii who have persistent and serious mental illness, are in a state of crisis and need help for a short time, are victims of natural disasters and terrorism, or are ordered by the courts for treatment are eligible to receive services through AMHD.  If the individual is not at least 18 years or older, they can be referred to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division (CAMHD).

   CAN PERSONS WITH PSYCHIATRIC CHALLENGES BE EMPLOYED?  Persons in recovery from a mental illness who have received certification by the State of Hawai’i, Department of Health, Adult Mental Health Division (AMHD) are awarded the title of Hawai`i Certified Peer Specialists (HCPS).  Individuals are given certification only after attending the HCPS Training, and successfully passing both oral and written examinations. HCPS promote self-determination, personal responsibility, and community integration for consumers of the AMHD. HCPS instill hope in others by serving as role models and champions of recovery. The HCPS program was modeled after Georgia’s Certified Peer Specialist Project.

   WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFO?  Further resources for both consumers and providers can be found through the AMHD website at :

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Mental Health and Medicaid Costs: Why Ignoring Mental Health Is Expensive


Cost containment is one of the major goals of health policy reform in the United States. Because spending on mental health and substance abuse services (commonly called “behavioral health services” when referring to both) is less than 8 percent of all health spending, behavioral health seems an unlikely candidate for substantial savings. But that perception is wrong!  Click for more: