Coping in a Disaster
See these valuable resources for families and individuals impacted by the recent fires on Maui.
Pūlama nā ‘Ohana
Pūlama nā ‘Ohana is an outreach team of Maui Behavioral Health Resources. Meaning to Cherish the Families, this team was born of the need to provide help and support for survivors of the Maui wildfire disasters.
The team is made up of outreach staff that are connected to the community, and are highly qualified in the areas of mental health first aid, substance use treatment and case management. Learn more about the services they provide.
For Families Impacted by the Fires
Natural disasters can be traumatic for children and youth, and experiencing a dangerous fire can be especially frightening. The National Association of School Psychologists offers helpful information and this informative poster. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has several free resources on helping children cope after a devastating wildfire
Disasters can be especially difficult for those with mental health or substance use disorder issues.
Call the 24/7 crisis line if you are in need of support. 1-800-753-6879
Maui Counseling Group provides individual counseling support. Call (808) 249-2121
What to Expect During a Crisis
There are six Emotional Phases of a Disaster that most people experience. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, here’s how the phases of disastrous events affect those involved.
Crisis Response Fund
The Maui wildfire disasters immediately created needs across our island that are vast and likely to continue for the foreseeable future. Professional behavioral health support can make the difference between returning to a normal life, or following a painful, downward spiral that may lead to illness or even death.
Our three partner agencies are working to support individuals and families that are suffering. Your donation will allow us to continue to expand these services as needs grow in the future. We sincerely appreciate your support.
Join Our Team
Have you considered a rewarding career in the helping field? Are you good at working with people? Office and computer skills? We have openings across all of our agencies, so if you’re interested in working with adults, pregnant and parenting women, or youth, we may have a position for you. Current roles we’re hiring for include program assistants, care coordinators, counselors and therapists. We’re also looking for help in communications, HR and volunteer coordination.
We pay competitive wages, provide paid time off, health insurance, and other benefits.
The experience required varies for each position, so connect with us and let’s talk about how you might be a fit! Just email Hiring@MBHR.org
About Behavioral Health
Behavioral Health is the full range of mental and emotional well-being, from the basics of how one copes with the day-to-day challenges of life to the treatment of mental illnesses like depression and anxiety, substance use disorder, and other addictive behaviors.
At Maui Behavioral Health Resources, we recognize that behavioral health challenges are different for everyone. That is why we have three agencies dedicated to helping local Maui residents, no matter where they are in their life journey.
- Aloha House emphasizes recovery and healthy lifestyles to individuals and families by providing compassionate, effective, and comprehensive behavioral health services with the spirit of excellence and aloha needed to get adults back on track.
- Malama Family Recovery Center provides caring, holistic substance abuse treatment to women and children with the goal of empowering families to live safe, independent and healthy lives.
- Maui Youth & Family Services focuses on empowering youth and the families challenged with behavioral health issues so our leaders of tomorrow can become responsible, self-fulfilled and contributing members of the community.
Together these agencies comprise Maui Behavioral Health Resources and together we focus on a comprehensive continuum of services that accomplishes our unified vision, that Everyone has the help they need to achieve and maintain a foundation for lasting recovery and well-being.
Our programs serve almost 8,000 Maui residents each year.
I am very thankful for all of the support
I was 16 when I joined the program
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At Maui Behavioral Health Resources we are taking the COVID-19 pandemic very seriously.
We have put new policies and procedures in place at each of our facilities to protect the health of our clients and staff. Visitors, guests, and contract service providers are allowed by appointment. Enhanced screening precautions and rapid tests have been put in place for new clients. Staff are following CDC, Maui County, and State of Hawaii recommendations to prevent the spread of the disease.
As a provider of Medicaid services we are adhering to federal mandates regarding vaccine requirements for all employees.
Please select an agency for specific information about their policies and procedures.