About Us 2020-01-16T22:01:41+00:00

What is Behavioral Health?

Behavioral Health is the full range of mental and emotional well-being – from the basics of how one copes with day-to-day challenges of life, including family relationships, to the treatment of mental illnesses, such as depression or personality disorder, as well as substance use disorder and other addictive behaviors.

Maui Behavioral Health Resources

Maui Behavioral Health Resources is an umbrella organization of three nonprofit agencies: Maui Youth & Family Services, Aloha House and Malama Family Recovery Center (Malama Na Makua A Keiki). After operating independently for many years, the three agencies merged in 2008 to share and maximize limited resources and expertise, reduce overhead costs and eliminate service duplication. The three agencies work together to provide residential and outpatient behavioral health care and other related services to almost 8,000 individuals and families in the Maui community each year.

Although each agency has retained its own 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, unique mission and independent funding stream, there is one overarching administration and Board of Directors. By working together we can focus on providing a comprehensive continuum of services and accomplishing our unified vision:

Everyone has the help they need to achieve and maintain a foundation for lasting recovery and well-being

Agency Missions


Maui Youth & Family Services

To empower youth and families challenged with behavioral health issues to become responsible, self-fulfilled and contributing members of the community

Tax ID Number: 99-0221127


 To promote recovery and healthy lifestyles to individuals and families by providing compassionate, effective and comprehensive behavioral health services with the spirit of excellence and aloha

Tax ID Number: 99-0173804


Malama Family Recovery Center

To provide caring, holistic substance abuse treatment to women and children with the goal of empowering families to live safe, independent and healthy lives

Tax ID Number: 99-0293044

Meet our Central Administrative Team

Jud R. Cunningham, LSW Chief Executive Officer
Jud Cunningham has over 35 years of experience in behavioral health and human services, including nearly twenty-five years as an administrator of behavioral health organizations. His work included positions in the Navajo Nation, Arizona, Washington State and Hawaii. Jud attended college and graduate school in West Virginia, earning a Master’s Degree in Social Work from West Virginia University in 1973. He also did post graduate work at the University of San Francisco, earning a certificate in Rehabilitation Administration.
Nicole HokoanaChief Operating Officer
Nicole Hokoana has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy. She’s had the privilege of working in multiple settings — with youth on middle and high school campuses, with young adults at University of Hawai Maui College and with families at Child & Family Service. She served as a Program Director and Individual/Family Therapist at Child & Family Service for 4 years, before taking on the Director position for the agency. She began working at MBHR in 2018.
Patrick SakaChief Financial Officer
Patrick Saka is the former Chief Administrative Officer for the Maui Region of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital and Clinic and Lanai Community Hospital) and past Publisher/General Manager of The Maui News. He has served on the Board of Directors and held leadership positions for Boy Scouts of America, Kiwanis Club of Maui, Kiwanis Club of Maui Foundation, Maui United Way, Ka Lima O Maui, Hospice Maui, Maui Chamber of Commerce, Maui Country Club and Maui Bronco League (youth baseball). He has also served on the Board of Governors of the Hawaii Employers Council and Statewide Health Coordinating Council.
Ronald NelsonHuman Resources Director
Ronald Nelson has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources from the University of Montana. For the past 34 years he served as a Human Resource Manager for Liberty House/Macy’s, where he oversaw the Maui, Kauai, Kona, Pearlridge and Windward Mall store locations. He has been involved in the Society of Human Resource Management, Workforce Investment Board, Salvation Army and the Private Industry Council. He joined MBHR in October 2018.
Malia BohlinDevelopment Director
Malia gained key fundraising experience early in her career as Campaign Director for Maui United Way and later as Vice President of Donor Relations at Mile High United Way in Denver, Colorado. She has a BS in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Colorado, and a Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Management from Regis University. She has worked in fundraising for over 20 years, and is also certified as a PATH International instructor for therapeutic horseback riding. Malia joined MBHR in August, 2019.

carf_small-150x150  CARF Accreditation

All three agencies are accredited by CARF, the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Founded in 1966, CARF is a private, not-for-profit international organization that promotes quality rehabilitation services by establishing standards for organizations to use as guidelines in developing and offering programs and services to consumers. CARF uses the standards to evaluate how well organizations are serving its consumers and how they can improve.

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