Treating Health Inside And Out

By Leonard Licina
Wednesday - April 20, 2011 Share

By Leonard Licina, CEO
Kahi Mohala Behavioral Health

Founded in 1984, Kahi Mohala Behavioral Health is Hawaii’s only private, not-for-profit licensed center for psychiatry exclusively specializing in behavioral health care. With 88 licensed beds, our tranquil 14.5-acre campus in rural Ewa Beach is a complete therapeutic environment for children, adolescents and adults.

Kahi Mohala has Hawaii’s highest concentration of medical professionals certified in a full range of emotional, physical and behavioral health care.

In 2010 we served 1,518 patients from Oahu, the Neighbor Islands, the Mainland and the Pacific Rim, where behavioral health care services are practically nonexistent.

We are dedicated to recovery through empowerment. A fundamental goal in the treatment and recovery process is to teach individuals the skills to self-manage and self-regulate to the fullest possible extent. Our services include Acute Inpatient Care, Psychiatric Evaluation/Treatment, Substance Abuse/Dual Diagnosis Services, Eating Disorder Services, Occupational Therapy, Recreational Therapy and Individual, Family and Group Therapy.

Kahi Mohala staff work together at many community events such as a recent National Alliance on Mental Illness Walk. Photo courtesy Kahi Mohala

In 1992, Kahi Mohala became an affiliate of Sutter Health, one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit networks of community-based health care providers. Our not-for-profit model means we are not beholden to stockholders, and any resources go toward meeting community needs. Revenue sources include private patients, fee for service contracts, insurance reimbursements, foundation grants and individual donors, including 100 percent participation from our board of trustees.

I’m pleased to announce that Kahi Mohala has been selected for a Sutter Matching Challenge Grant to upgrade our Lehua unit. If we can raise $75,000 from within our own community, Sutter will match it. We welcome your support; please visit or call 677-2535.

For more than a generation, Hawaii has entrusted us to deliver the highest standards in behavioral health care to those who struggle in their daily lives. We look forward to many more years of service to the community.


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