Maui Youth & Family Services

In-school classes/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, ziplining, stand-up paddling, and other activities.

Call 808-579-8414, ext. 8301 for more information.

Free after-school activities for students in grades 6-8 at Kalama Intermediate and Maui Waena Intermediate that promote positive youth development and empowerment through evidence-based, experiential learning. The program incorporates outdoor adventures and challenges and actively engages youth in developing life-skills while reinforcing values such as family, community, service and appreciation for the natural world.

The program is available for FREE thanks to funding from the Hawaii State Department of Health’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division (ADAD) and support from the community.

Call 808-579-8414, ext. 8201 for more information.

24-hour care in a safe, family-based setting for 10-17 year-olds who need a temporary alternative to home. Youth can find the stability and security they need to address their problems so they can reconnect with their family and the community.

Qualified youth are in a crisis situation, either because they have run away from home or are at risk of running away, are in need of supervision, have been forced to leave their homes by their families or have no home to return to. Potential Emergency Shelter clients can be identified by the Department of Human Services, the Judiciary or through self-referral. Foster parents are thoroughly trained by our staff and our counselors provide assessment, counseling (individual, crisis and family), referrals and service planning.

Call the 24-Hour Emergency Shelter Hotline at 808-579-8406  or 808-579-8414 to access services.

Therapeutic home atmosphere for youth ages 10-17 with mental health needs and/or who are experiencing difficulties socially, behaviorally and/or academically. The program helps individuals who 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.

Transitional Family Home parents are trained to provide positive behavioral support aimed at improving young people’s ability to cope with daily stressors, manage emotions and strengthen family relationships. Active participation and input of parents, guardians and clients in the treatment process is essential to program success. MYFS is a licensed Child Placing Organization that recruits and licenses our own foster parents with approval from the Hawaii Department of Human Services. 

Are you interested in becoming a Transitional Family Home parent or want to learn more about what that means? Learn more here.

Support for youth who have aged out of the foster care system and help with developing and achieving educational and employment goals as well as accessing needed community resources. These resources may be related to healthcare, housing or other social service needs. Our counselors help young adults acquire the skills they need to live successful and independent lives.

Individuals must be referred by Hawaii’s Department of Human Services’ (Child Welfare Services) — call 855-643-1643 to learn about obtaining a referral. Or contact MYFS Clinical Director Susan Pirsch at 808-579-8414, ext. 8211 for more information.

If you meet the following criteria:
Are between the ages of 18 and 21 AND
Were under permanent or foster care at the time you turned 18 OR
Were placed in a legal guardianship or adopted at the time you turned 16,

You are eligible for the Imua Kakou Program. Contact Imua Kakou Case Manager Eva at 808-579-8414, ext. 8205 for more information.

Support, direction and assistance to homeless youth (ages 16-21) in the community so they can become successful young adults. Counselors help with finding safe and stable housing as well as connecting with community resources (Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center, Family Life Center, etc.), exploring and developing educational and employment goals, accessing health/dental insurance, finding a job, learning budgeting and financial skills, etc.

And perhaps, most importantly, our counselors are there whenever someone needs help or just a person to listen.

Call 808-579-8414 for more information.

If you work in a school, law enforcement or a community agency, or are just a concerned citizen, and you think someone may benefit from our services, don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or to make a referral.

Community-based outreach to at-risk youth (ages 10-21) and their families in an environment in which they are comfortable. Youth often need short-term intervention as opposed to juvenile justice involvement. An outreach counselor provides advocacy services such as case management and social service referrals and gives families access to professional assistance to help their children make better choices.

The program often serves as a resource to local law enforcement agencies as an alternative to incarceration when family is unavailable.

Call 808-579-8414, ext. 8206 for more information.

Individualized treatment for 12-17 year-olds that includes clinical supervision, individual and family counseling, group therapy, education about addiction as well as activities and recreational excursions that reflect Hawaiian cultural values. 

We find that many young people who deal with substance abuse and addiction issues lack interests outside of their chemically dependent lifestyle and/or come from families that lack the time or financial means to provide such experiences. Thus, increasing opportunities to develop new interests, stir passions, and build connections, particularly activities that require physical exertion, are extremely important.

This program is available in Makawao and staff can provide transportation to and from treatment.

The first step to getting help for yourself or for someone you know is to contact program staff to schedule an assessment meeting at 808-249-8691.

Free support for youth working through issues related to substance use/abuse that is available at almost all public middle and high schools in Maui County. Ke Ala Pono translates to “The Right Path” and includes on-site assessment, referral, treatment planning, education about addiction and coping skills, as well as individual and family counseling.

It is a confidential program that provides students a safe haven to seek help without fear of reprisal. Our counselors are available to youth both before and after school and during the lunch hour. The program also includes group counseling when appropriate, as teenagers are group-oriented by nature. By building on that natural desire to belong, our counselors can offer an engaging and motivational program on the school campus.

Call 808-579-8414, ext. 8202 to learn more and find out which schools currently offer this program.

Promotes academic and personal achievement through consistent attendance so youth can successfully transition into a healthy and rewarding future. Provided free to King Kekaulike students and based at the high school’s upcountry campus.

In the Hawaiian language, Ho‘okū means “to take a stand,” and this program ensures students have the support and resources they need to thrive and achieve their educational and long-term goals. Counselors work one-on-one with students to provide individualized support, guidance and advocacy, career counseling, help with issues that may be affecting the student’s ability to succeed academically or personally and referral to other community resources. Students in the Ho‘okū Program can also participate in 10 weekly peer group sessions that address problem-solving, motivation and perseverance through the Why Try curriculum, which uses a strength-based and resilience approach so young people can learn skills to help them adapt and flourish when faced with tremendous challenges.

Call 808-579-8414 for more information 

Truancy prevention that uses a comprehensive mentoring approach. Mentors provide education, prevention services, advocacy and support and are available to meet with youth and their families in the community, at home or at school.

Youth are referred by Baldwin High School and Maui High School. Call Program Coordinator Leinell Coloma-Naho’oikaika at 808-579-8414, ext. 8202 to learn more.

Evidence-based interventions, case management, cultural activities and referral to other community services to divert youth (ages 12-17) on the path to incarceration. Our counselors work one-on-one with youth in the Judiciary system to encourage them to ho’ala mai (to awaken, to rise up).

Our comprehensive approach includes identifying potential underlying reasons for the individual’s behavior (substance abuse, mental health or trauma issues) and assessing the family’s needs as well as the adolescent’s educational needs (general education, credit recovery or GED attainment). Stepping in at this critical point and working with these youth before they are incarcerated means that they can regain opportunities they might not otherwise have to reach a healthy, rewarding and successful adulthood.

Clients must be referred by the Judiciary for services. Call Program Coordinator Leinell Coloma-Naho’oikaika at 808-579-8414, ext. 8202 to learn more.

Aloha House Maui
Substance Abuse Services Division

The Medically Monitored Detoxification program helps clients recover from substance dependence and acute symptoms of detoxification and then helps them access the most appropriate treatment needed. We provide 24/7 nursing services and medications to facilitate a safe detoxification as well as screening, assessment, counseling, treatment and discharge planning. Call 808-442-6588 for admission information.

Our Residential Treatment program provides a structured living environment for those who need a real “time-out” from their daily lives in order to get better. Clients must come into treatment voluntarily. The program provides screening, assessment, nursing care, counseling, psychological services, case management, recovery education, discharge planning and assistance in developing sober support in the community.

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

You may also call 808-442-6588 for admission information.

The Sober Living Program provides a safe, substance-free living environment for individuals either recently discharged from Residential Treatment or in the early recovery phase. Services include psychiatric care related to substance recovery, sober support skills groups, help with connecting with community resources and agencies and case management. The Sober Living Program allows clients to solidify the gains they made in treatment and generate different social circles to reduce the chance of relapse. Call 808-579-8414, ext. 8703 for more information.

Our Outpatient Substance Abuse/Addiction Treatment program provides comprehensive services to individuals who are chemically dependent as well as assistance to clients’ families. This program is for individuals who do not need residential treatment or hospitalization – people live at home and can even keep working while in treatment. Services include individualized treatment planning, group counseling, education and individual and family counseling. Duration of treatment varies and is based on client need and staff recommendations. Call 808-579-8414, ext. 8702 for admission and intake information.

Intensive Family Therapy provides home and community-based intensive counseling and “wraparound” services for children and their families by family therapists. The goal is to help youth and families who are struggling with both behavioral and substance-abuse related issues achieve optimal functioning both in the community and in their everyday lives.

Clients must be referred by the Judiciary. Call 808-249-8691 to find out how to access services.

The Drug Court program provides comprehensive substance abuse treatment to adults referred by the Judiciary and serves as an alternative to incarceration. Services include individualized and comprehensive treatment planning, individual, group and family counseling, as well as education. Duration of treatment varies and is based on client need and staff recommendations, in conjunction with the Judiciary. Clients must be referred by the Judiciary for services.

The Lana’i Outpatient program provides individual, group and family counseling, skill-building classes, education, relapse-prevention and assistance in developing a sober support structure in the community. It is for MEN ONLY. Duration of treatment varies and is based on client need and staff recommendations. Call 808-565-9566 for more information.

Aloha House Maui
Mental Health and Social Services/Child & Adolescent Mental Health Division

Free program available 24/7/365 for anyone in Maui County experiencing a mental health crisis. Call 1-800-753-6879 to be connected with a live person from the State of Hawaii Department of Health. If necessary, a trained and experienced Aloha House staff member will be dispatched to wherever the client is to provide support, information, an assessment and recommendation for services, which can range from crisis counseling to hospitalization.

The Licensed Crisis Residential Program, available 24/7/365, provides screening, assessment, treatment and discharge planning as well as psychiatric counseling and case management. The program may be recommended by a Crisis Mobile Outreach counselor if an individual needs residential-level crisis care. Clients must come into the program voluntarily. This service is only accessible through Crisis Mobile Outreach.

Crisis Support Management is follow-up, short term help for those who need to be connected with mental health services. It may be recommended by a Crisis Mobile Outreach counselor if a person is able to stay in their home but needs additional support to manage their crisis. This service is only accessible through Crisis Mobile Outreach.

Community Based Case Management provides effective and professional case management, psychiatric and nursing services to adults with mental health or dual diagnosis (substance abuse and mental health) issues. Caring and experienced case managers assist clients (who are often homeless) with accessing healthcare, housing, jobs and food. We teach skills related to money management and independent living. After actively reaching out into the community to find individuals who need help, we make sure clients have transportation to and from important appointments and see them through the entire recovery process. Call 808-242-1660 for more information.

The Maui Counseling Group clinic has coun­selors, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and marriage and family therapists available by appointment for any Maui County resident who needs help with issues related to stress, depres­sion, anx­i­ety, family, rela­tion­ships and more. Most insurance plans accepted. Call 808-249-2121 to make an appointment. For more information visit

Intensive Family Treatment provides home and community-based intensive counseling and “wraparound” services for children and their families by family therapists. The goal is to help youth and families achieve optimal functioning both in the community and in their everyday lives (for youth and families where substance-use does not play a role).

Clients must be referred by the State of Hawaii Child & Adolescent Mental Health Division (CAMHD). Contact the Maui Family Guidance Center to find out how to access services. Wailuku Branch:  808-243-1252, Lahaina Branch: 808-662-4045.

Malama Family Recovery Center

Structured, supportive, clean and sober living environment for women and their children (up to age 5, with exceptions made as needed). We help women in recovery establish a strong foundation for sober living and support in the community. Services include:

  • Stabilization
  • Effective and evidence-based substance abuse and addiction treatment
  • Individual and family counseling
  • Skill-building classes
  • Rehabilitative life skills classes
  • Case management to help with re-entry into the community
  • Connection with other community resources

Staff is present 24/7 to provide support. The Early Learning Center, which provides free childcare and early childhood learning and development services, is located within the Therapeutic Living Program facility.

Individual and group therapy as well as substance abuse treatment and counseling, education classes, relapse prevention, stress/trauma workshops and other case management services offered on an outpatient basis at our Therapeutic Living Program facility. Staff can provide transportation to and from our facility for those who need it and clients can utilize the childcare and childhood learning services available at the Therapeutic Living Program facility.

Outpatient treatment (without childcare/child-learning services) is also available on the island of Lana’i.

Individuals who have recently completed substance abuse treatment programs need step-down services prior to re-entering the community in order to maintain sobriety. Most still need to address medical, emotional, financial and employment challenges, and during this crucial time in their recovery, are at high risk for relapse. On Maui there are also limited affordable housing options, particularly for those in recovery. Our Sober Living Program addresses these issues by providing a safe, affordable and substance-free living environment for women and children. Women are able to solidify gains made in residential treatment and generate healthy and sober support groups in the community. Services include:

  • Life skills classes
  • Individual and group activities
  • Case management to help with re-entry into the community

Clients are expected to be in outpatient treatment, 12 Steps groups or an equivalent. We have a set of two cottages as well as a home with a connected ohana. Women can have one or two young children living with them and can utilize the childcare and childhood learning services available at the Therapeutic Living Program facility.

BabySAFE is an outreach and early intervention program for women who are at-risk for tobacco, alcohol and/or substance abuse. The program offers treatment, prenatal care and intensive case management to pregnant women so they can get clean and give birth to healthy babies. As part of our commitment to making this program accessible, we provide transportation, childcare, meals, emergency food packages and childcare equipment. Screenings take place at high schools, medical clinics, health fairs and other locations where clients are comfortable. Women, doctors and representatives from community agencies can also reach out to us if they know someone who needs help.

Once women are in BabySAFE they receive substance abuse and addiction treatment and attend either group education classes or one-on-one sessions with the BabySAFE Coordinator.

Educational topics include:

  • Proper prenatal care practices
  • The effects substance abuse has on the fetus and family
  • Post-partum depression
  • Nutrition and physical activity
  • Stress management
  • Healthy parenting techniques and more

The role of the BabySAFE Coordinator doesn’t stop after the baby is born. New mothers learn how to recognize healthy child development and, when necessary, how to parent a child who has developmental issues. If a baby tests positive for exposure to drugs and/or alcohol during pregnancy, the BabySAFE Coordinator educates the mother about any long-term physical and mental consequences and what can be done to promote normal child development. Intensive case management ensures clients generate sober support in the community and have access to parenting resources as well as community agencies that provide child development services.