Maui Youth & Family Services

Maui Youth and Family Services has been empowering youth and families challenged with behavioral health issues to become responsible, self-fulfilled and contributing members of the community since 1978.  In 2020, the organization was awarded the Mayor’s Small Business Award for Outstanding Non-Profit Business.

Originally established by Maui County as the Maunaolu Youth Residential Shelter to provide a safe place for Maui’s homeless, abused and runaway children, we have since expanded and now include a range of behavioral and mental health programs to support young people and their families’ personal growth and emotional stability.

Whether young people have mental health needs and/or are experiencing difficulties socially, behaviorally and/or academically – we are here to help. Whenever possible and appropriate, we also work with young people’s relatives to create lasting and positive change for the entire family unit no matter if the person is homeless, at risk of becoming homeless, in foster care, have aged out of foster care, or are not able to receive care in their own home but are able to achieve stability and growth in a caring atmosphere where they can receive parental supervision, guidance and support.

Programs Available

Residential Services for Youth

A variety of programs that provide youth with stability and security as they navigate challenges.   Programs include emergency 24-hour care, foster care for at-risk youth, and independent and transitional living programs for former foster youth.

To access the 24-Hour Emergency Shelter Hotline, call Maui Youth and Family Services at 808-579-8406. Or email us at

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Prevention & Support Services for Youth

Prevention Services – Project Venture

School workshops and after-school activities for youth in grades 6-8 that give young people a chance to develop peer support from friendships made in a positive environment. This helps them stay on track and reduces the likelihood that they will later engage in dangerous and unhealthy activities.  Examples of after-school activities are journal-writing, beach clean-ups, community-service projects and trips to museums, the aquarium, zip lining, and stand-up paddling.

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Support, Outreach and Advocacy

MYFS has numerous counselors who support youth with an array of challenges.  This can include challenges with grades and attendance at school; homelessness and/or lack of safe shelter; youth in need of independent living skills; assistance with school or job skills. Counselors provide care coordination and warm linkages to professional assistance. For more information, email us at

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Substance Use Disorder Services for Youth

Our programs provide confidential treatment for 12-17 year-olds that includes individual and/or family counseling, group therapy and education about addiction. Transportation can be provided. Services are available at the following school locations:

MYFS Makawao Campus

Baldwin High School
Lahainaluna High School
King Kekaulike High School
‘Iao Intermediate School
Maui High School

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Our Team

Susan Pirsch, MC, LMFT, CSAC
Maui Youth & Family Services Clinical Director

Susan supervises all MYFS programs. She has more than 25 years of experience working with adolescents and their families. While Executive Director of Upcountry Youth Center, Inc., she initiated bringing Boys and Girls Club’s programs to Maui. Most recently she worked at Seabury Hall for 17 years as the school’s first Guidance Counselor and also it’s Director of Community Service. Susan has a Master’s Degree in Counseling and is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. She received a Graduate Certificate in Public Health as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism.

Clinicians and Support Staff

The Maui Youth & Family Services staff includes a highly talented group of caring individuals. The team is comprised of administrative staff, prevention staff, certified substance abuse counselors, Master’s level social workers, art therapists and outreach workers. All program staff are trained in Trauma Informed methods of service delivery and are CPR and First Aid certified. They are required to regularly maintain their training for their respective certifications and licenses.

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At Maui Youth and Family Services we have implementing 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, or with a temperature of over 100 degrees, will not be admitted to the facility.

Visitors are not allowed at this time.

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. 

External group activities for youth have been cancelled at this time.

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

Thank you for your support and understanding during this difficult time.

Maui Youth & Family Services provides youth with opportunities to succeed within a safe and supportive environment. Our prevention programs help young people form strong social bonds and family foundations so they can make the right decisions regarding drugs, alcohol and other “high-risk” activities when they face peer pressure in high school. Our intervention programs help youth in situations beyond their control, whether because they are using/abusing drugs and/or alcohol, are homeless, in foster care or aging out of foster care, etc. By stepping in and providing the right guidance and programs on an individualized basis, we can ensure that these young people do not slip through the cracks. MYFS’ broad spectrum of services embraces young people and families in the community and addresses all types of needs related to physical safety, personal growth and mental and emotional stability. MYFS works with several organizations and programs in Maui County and the State of Hawaii, such as Parents and Children Together (PACT), the Judiciary, public schools, Friends of the Children’s Justice Center, Maui Homeless Alliance, the POI (Positive Outreach Intervention) Project and more.

Maui Youth & Family Services merged with Maui nonprofits Aloha House and Malama Family Recovery Center to become part of the Maui Behavioral Health Resources umbrella organization in 2008. As a major community resource for intervention and rehabilitation for our youth and families in need, MYFS is known in the community for its professionalism and effectiveness.

Maui Youth & Family Services accepts most insurance plans. For those without insurance or unable to pay for services (or for programs that are free to participants), we are proudly funded by the following:

  • Hawaii Department of Education
  • Hawaii Department of Health
  • Hawaii Department of Human Services – Office of Youth Services
  • Hawaii State Judiciary
  • Hawaii Youth Services Network
  • Maui County
  • Maui United Way
  • Private Foundations and Charities
  • Corporate Donors
  • Individual Donors