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Recently Ho‘opono students from two programs took on the North Shore of O‘ahu and the east side of Hawai‘i Island. The two groups of students – one of adult learners and another of youth – proved full stop that blindness is not a barrier to success, whether on the ropes course, out on the trail ...
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Much like the corrections facility he manages, Mark Patterson requires you look deeper before you form your first opinions. Patterson, Warden of the Hawai‘i Youth Correctional Facility (HYCF), may seem reserved and stoic on the surface, but his passion for transforming corrections into a way of healing will spark any room. His commitment to recreate ...
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Partners in Care and Bridging the Gap announced the results of the 2017 Point-in-Time count. Results from the 2017 Hawaii Statewide Homeless Point-In-Time (PIT) conducted on January 22, 2017 revealed the following information: ● 9% overall decrease in the numbers of homeless individuals from 7,921 persons in 2016 to 7,220 persons in 2017. ● 8% ...
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‘Ohana Nui, the Catalyst for Something Historic On a typical Wednesday morning in April, something “awesome,” “inspiring” and “historic” happened. As has always been part of the master plan, ‘Ohana Nui would first be introduced to the DHS team and then rolled-out to the community as an expectation for non-profits that DHS funds. That is, ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 1, 2017 Additional Open Application Period Begins May 1 for Preschool Open Doors Program Honolulu, HI – The Department of Human Services (DHS) has opened an additional application period for its Preschool Open Doors (POD) program and encourages families to apply between May 1 and May 31, 2017.  Applications received during ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 24, 2017 Hawai‘i’s Medicaid Director Leads on National Stage HONOLULU, HI – Hawai‘i’s Med-QUEST Director Dr. Judy Mohr Peterson was named president of the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) board of directors last week. Dr. Mohr Peterson was elected to this leadership role by her fellow Medicaid directors from across ...
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Thank you Chair Green, Vice Chair Chang, Chair Tokuda, Senator Wakai, and Senator Harimoto for this opportunity to testify in support of my nomination for the Director of Hawai‘i Department of Human Services (DHS).  I am overwhelmed by this outpouring of aloha, love, and support for me.  I am very thankful to Governor Ige for ...
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Strategic Intention: Talking the Talk

Posted on Mar 8, 2017 in Main, News

Talking the Talk: Messaging ‘Ohana Nui Our ‘Ohana Nui initiative is based on the national framework and principles of 2Gen, which was developed by Ascend at the Aspen Institute. Because DHS is leading the State of Hawai‘i in applying 2Gen principles, we have significant support and resources, including access to best practices that the Aspen ...
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  Thanks to Director Pankaj Bhanot, division administrators and staff officers – collectively known as the DHS ‘Ohana Nui Advisory Group – the introduction of ‘Ohana Nui to the department is off to a great start. By now you have likely heard about ‘Ohana Nui in your division or work group, and more important, have ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 17, 2017 HONOLULU, HI – The Department of Human Services believes safe sleep in child care settings is a community issue and invites individuals to comment on proposed amendments to the Hawaii Administrative Rules. These proposed amendments will codify the department’s decade-long commitment to ensuring all licensed and registered child care ...
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