Background on Project Laulima
Pre-Planning Grant (pre-2011)
High level leadership across Hawaii's child-serving system, including the educational, developmental disability, mental health and child welfare systems, recognized that children and youth with co-occurring mental health needs and mild to moderate developmental disabilities (MH-DD) were falling into a "service gap" between the government agencies and were not getting their needs effectively met.
In order to address the issues that were creating systemic barriers for Hawaii's youth and families in this population, the Department of Health's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division (CAMHD) along with several partners across the child-serving system (including DDD, DOE, and DHS) wrote a proposal to SAMHSA for a System of Care Expansion Planning Grant. The proposal focused on bringing stakeholders together to develop a strategic plan that detailed how to expand the system of care to better meet the needs of youth in this population.
Planning Grant (2011-2012)
CAMHD was one of twenty-four grantees awarded a one-year, System of Care Expansion Planning Grant by SAMHSA in September of 2011. Over the course of the year, the project sought the input of family members, provider groups and agency leaders to develop a jointly owned strategic plan, focused on how to expand the system of care to better meet the needs of children and youth with co-occurring needs. In the spirit of collaboration, the project was named Project Laulima (laulima is the Hawaiian word for "collaboration" or "working together").
The strategic plan detailed how Project Laulima intended to expand Hawaii's system of care to better serve children and youth with co-occurring mental health needs and mild to moderate developmental disabilities, what strategies Project Laulima will use, and how long each objective would take to accomplish.
Core objectives from the plan included:
The Strategic Plan can be found here.
Implementation Grant (2012-2016)
Project Laulima wrote a proposal for and was awarded a four-year, System of Care Expansion Implementation Grant by SAMHSA. The funding was awarded to sixteen sites nationwide. The SAMHSA funding helps grantees implement the goals and objectives developed through the planning grants.
Current Implementation Grant Initiatives: