Special Report

Hawaii's Mental Health Crisis

How These Bills Could Help Those With Serious Mental Illness Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How These Bills Could Help Those With Serious Mental Illness

Advocates say the measures would be a huge victory for the state’s mental health and homelessness systems.

Bill Focuses On Revolving Door Of Involuntary Psychiatric Treatments Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill Focuses On Revolving Door Of Involuntary Psychiatric Treatments

The measure would form a task force to find ways to make emergency mental health admissions more efficient, and better protect the public.

Lawmakers Propose Fixes For A Broken Psychiatric Care Law Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Propose Fixes For A Broken Psychiatric Care Law

Several proposals would make it easier for families and caregivers to get court orders authorizing long-term intensive treatment and medication for the severely mentally ill.

When Delusions Steal Your Daughter Cory Lum/Civil Beat

When Delusions Steal Your Daughter

Marti Claussen’s search for stable care and housing in Hawaii for her mentally ill daughter Christie has been a long journey of impossible choices and resilience.

Yoga Gains A Place Behind Bars In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Yoga Gains A Place Behind Bars In Hawaii

Updated: Louisa DiGrazia won a $35,000 grant from the Legislature to expand yoga classes throughout Oahu’s correctional facilities.

A Mom Struggles Mightily As Law Lets Son Defy Doctor’s Orders Ronen Zilberman

A Mom Struggles Mightily As Law Lets Son Defy Doctor’s Orders

The Kaneohe woman says her son’s condition has deteriorated, partly because Hawaii allows people as young as age 15 to refuse inpatient psychiatric treatment.

Free Ala Moana Clinic Opens For Young People With Psychosis Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat

Free Ala Moana Clinic Opens For Young People With Psychosis

OnTrack focuses on getting those with a severe mental disorder back to school or work, and helping them restore their relationships.

Yoga Is Helping Combat Vets Find New Strength And Peace Of Mind Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Yoga Is Helping Combat Vets Find New Strength And Peace Of Mind

Warriors at Ease is uniquely designed to accommodate service members who may suffer from PTSD and other mental and physical concerns.

Yoga Is Helping Combat Vets Find New Strength And Peace Of Mind Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Yoga Is Helping Combat Vets Find New Strength And Peace Of Mind

Warriors at Ease is uniquely designed to accommodate service members who may suffer from PTSD and other mental and physical concerns.

Emergency Help For Hawaii’s Mentally Ill Is Often A Revolving Door Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Emergency Help For Hawaii’s Mentally Ill Is Often A Revolving Door

Hundreds of people taken by police to the hospital for psychiatric care go on to repeated hospitalizations or brushes with the law.

Should Psychologists Be Able To Prescribe Drugs? Flicker.com

Should Psychologists Be Able To Prescribe Drugs?

Lawmakers have confronted the question for decades. Proponents say it could boost access to treatment, while opponents warn of opening up patients to subpar care.

Innovative New Program Plugs Some Holes In Mental Health Care System Getty Images/iStockphoto

Innovative New Program Plugs Some Holes In Mental Health Care System

A new network of providers and social workers is teaming up to get mental health patients the treatment they need.

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