Aloha House

Since our beginnings, the Aloha House mission has expanded to include comprehensive, person-centered behavioral health interventions for the prevention and treatment of individual substance use and other disorders.  

Programs Available

Substance Abuse Services

Aloha House makes it possible for adults on Maui to change their lives and the lives of those closest to them. We help participants re-discover their strengths, learn from their experiences and create new pathways forward in health and wellness. Our staff members are passionate about helping people achieve lasting recovery.   
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Mental Health and Social Services

Aloha House’s goal is to help people live healthy, happy lives. We have therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and other professionals who can help people deal with concerns related to family, work, relationships, depression, anxiety and life’s other stressors.
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What to Expect

If you are thinking about seeking treatment in our residential program, you probably have a lot of questions about how the program works. 
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Client Success

Many of our clients have walked a hard road before reaching our program doors. Here they share their personal stories


Our Team

Heather Wittenberg
Heather WittenbergPsy.D.
Aloha House Mental Health & Social Services
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Heather runs Behavioral Health Services of Maui, LLC, which provides management and consultation for Aloha House’s Mental Health & Social Services/Child & Adolescent Mental Health Division. She grew up in Hawaii and has been a licensed clinical psychologist since 1996. Her clinical specialties include maternal-infant health, early childhood development, intensive and in-home family-focused services, as well as rural issues in psychology. Dr. Wittenberg manages and supervises clinicians in Aloha House’s counseling programs. She supervises post-master’s and post-doctoral interns and fellows as part of Aloha House’s initiative to train needed, high-quality clinicians for the families of Maui County. She also consults with local agencies and clinicians working with the “0-3” Early Intervention population.
David Wittenberg
David WittenbergPsy.D.
Aloha House Mental Health & Social Services
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David runs Behavioral Health Services of Maui, LLC, which provides management and consultation for Aloha House’s Mental Health & Social Services/Child & Adolescent Mental Health Division. He supervises and trains counselors in the Co-Occurring Disorders program and manages and consults with Aloha House’s mental health programs. Dr. Wittenberg is actively involved in the direction of Aloha House’s first County-wide Crisis Response Team and other related services for those with serious mental illness. He maintains a small private practice and specializes in men’s and couples’ issues and has been a manager and supervisor with Aloha House since 1997.
Bob Lanser
Bob LanserLCSW
Aloha House Mental Health & Social Services
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Bob received his Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from San Diego State University, specializing in clinical mental health practices. His credentials include: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW – Hawaii), Qualified Clinical Social Worker (QCSW) and inclusion in the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW), awarded by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Bob began his career in mental health in 1974 and has worked in both the private and public sector. His experience includes clinical services for children, youth and families. He also specializes in working with adults with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. In addition, Bob has extensive experience in program development, supervision and clinical service management. Bob has worked with Aloha House since 1997 as a senior clinician and as a co-director of clinical and management services. He helped establish the Mental Health & Social Services Division. In 2002, Bob helped establish the Dual Diagnosis Program (now called the Co-Occurring Disorders Day Treatment Program).
Mary Dowdle, LMHC
Mary Dowdle, LMHCProgram Director
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Mary grew up in Washington DC and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Emory University in Atlanta Georgia. She received her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from The America School of Professional Psychology (Argosy University) in Virginia and became a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has worked in the counseling field since 2008 specializing in substance abuse and mental health. She moved to Maui in 2019 and was licensed as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. As Program Director she provides supervision to staff for three programs which are Aloha House Residential Treatment Program, Licensed Crisis Recovery Services and Interim Care Services Program.

Clinicians and Support Staff

Residential Treatment Services: Sheryl Nakanelua, Admissions Coordinator
Intensive Outpatient Program: Geoff Kirkland, CSAC, ICADC Program Director
Sober Living Program: Maelynn Potter, Program Coordinator
Aloha House/Maui Drug Court: Philip Acang, CSAC, ICADC, Program Coordinator

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Make a Gift to Aloha House

Aloha House, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
The Tax ID # for Aloha House is 99-0173804.


At Aloha House we have implemented the following policies and procedures to address the COVID-19 pandemic. This update is in effect until further notice.

Precautions for New Clients

We have implemented additional screening precautions for new clients. Anyone with specific risk factors or displaying symptoms of COVID-19 will not be admitted to the facility. A negative COVID-19 test is required for admission to the Residential treatment program. A follow up test will be administered five days post admission.

Visitors are not allowed at this time. Virtual visits are available. Family members can drop off items to current residents.

Precautions for Residents and Staff

Staff members remain dedicated to serving our clients and are using the CDC recommended health and safety precautions around sanitation and prevention of disease spread. 

Meetings that involve external guests, such as AA and NA meetings, are facilitated virtually at this time.

Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient Programs are available via a Telehealth Platform.

Vaccinations are offered to interested clients through our medical partner.

COVID-19 can cause potential hazards for those with drug use/abuse disorders, and be difficult for those with behavioral health issues.

Aloha House has two components: a Substance Abuse Services Division and a Mental Health and Social Services/Child & Adolescent Mental Health Division.

Aloha House utilizes a full continuum of care as well as “best practices/evidence-based practices” in the fields of mental health and substance abuse/chemical dependency. Our first step when working with someone is to conduct a thorough assessment in order to provide the least intrusive level of care possible. Once someone has started treatment, we regularly reevaluate his/her needs and individual progress toward treatment goals in order to recommend the most appropriate next steps, whether it is moving from residential to outpatient care, from residential to day treatment, from day treatment to outpatient care, etc. Services, including treatment and discharge planning, are fully integrated with appropriate public and private agencies to ensure treatment gains are sustained upon re-entry into the community. We encourage and help clients create and engage with active support networks to ensure long-term recovery.

Aloha House has highly qualified clinical leadership and dedicated support staff. The clinical management team includes professionals in the fields of social work, psychology and psychiatry, which supervises employees and contractors in those fields as well as nurses, marriage and family therapists and paraprofessionals.

We focus on quality outcomes for clients by employing rigorous supervision standards as well as ethical and clinical requirements. We work hand-in-hand with State clinicians to determine the best quality of care for consumers as well as with a variety of Hawaii State government departments, including the Adult Mental Health Division (AMHD), Child & Adolescent Mental Health Division (CAMHD), Department of Education (DOE), the Judiciary and Department of Human Services (DHS). Staff participates in ongoing training to ensure we are utilizing the most current and effective methods of intervention.

We strongly believe that family involvement can be imperative to a “successful treatment experience,” so clients are encouraged to allow family members to play an active role. This can only happen, however, once a client signs the necessary confidentiality release forms. If a client wishes to have family involved in the treatment process, he/she still retains confidentiality rights — clients know that issues that surface in treatment will not be discussed with their family unless he/she provides prior approval.

All clients are treated with respect and dignity and as human beings who are capable of making positive choices and changes in their lives. Treatment is “client driven,” meaning that clients are involved in the treatment planning process and sign all treatment plans. Staff members share all recommendations made by the Treatment Team and keep clients updated regarding their level of progress towards treatment goals and strategies. Client rights and measures of confidentiality are strictly enforced and clients are encouraged to utilize the grievance process for perceived or realized conflicts with staff or other clients. Each staff member is individually trained in the areas of ethics, integrity and professionalism to ensure appropriate and professional client care.

Aloha House accepts most insurance plans. For those without insurance or unable to pay for services (or for programs in which insurance cannot be billed), we are proudly funded by the following:

  • Hawaii Department of Health – Alcohol & Drug Abuse Division (ADAD), Adult Mental Health Division (AMHD) and Child & Adolescent Mental Health Division (CAMHD)
  • Hawaii State Judiciary
  • Hawaii Department of Human Services – Child Welfare Services (CWS) and Benefit, Employment & Support Services (BESSD)
  • Maui County
  • Maui United Way
  • Private Foundations and Charities
  • Corporate Donors
  • Individual Donors