Mental Health America of Hawai`i -

Maui County Branch

Mental Health America in Hawai`i's  Maui County Branch was established in 1972. Its ongoing goals are to develop a good system of care for children and adults in Maui County and to combat stigma and shame associated with mental illness, so that people will find help when help is needed. All of the Branch's programs reflect collaboration with consumers, families, and service providers working together toward these goals. Our education on Maui often initiates community action to improve mental health care and staffing of local mental health services.

The work of our Maui Branch (MHA-Maui) is carried out by only one paid staff member, plus 150 volunteers working in a number of volunteer committees. Yet, our educational programs reach out and connect with all three islands and Hana. A broad community base, along with a track record of serving Maui for 38 years, provide the necessary credibility to bring the community to us for education and help. The Maui branch is supported by local community donations, County support, fund-raising. No other Maui agency works daily with local professionals and with consumers of mental health services and their families to provide mental health education and mental health services in Maui County.

Mayor Charmaine Tavares presents Mental Health Awareness Month Proclamation to MHA/Maui Director,  Colleen O'Shea Wallace


  Maui Branch Highlights

  • Children and Youth:  MHAH-Maui organizes forums on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, provides children and youth mental health training for Maui County police recruits and dispatch workers, and sponsors the Annual Wellness Poster Contest in Maui County Schools for grades K-5, with 500 - 1,000 school children participating. (See photos below.)

  • Advocacy: MHAH-Maui organizes advocacy press conferences and letters to public officials, and hosts Town Meetings for the State Mental Health Transformation team.  Regular trainings are provided for all Maui County Police recruits on how to interact and refer adults with mental illnesses.
  • Education: MHAH-Maui offers Brown Bag programs on child, adult and family issues with accompanying Maui News columns.  Parent support groups and classes are provided through partnerships with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and Autism Bridges Maui.

Maui County Branch

95 Mahalani Street, Room 5
Wailuku, HI  96793

Phone: (808) 242-6461
Fax: (808) 242-1857


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