Mālama Ola Behavioral Health (BH) offers a variety of services. BH staff are available to provide crisis risk assessments, depression risk screenings, mental health counseling, as well as assist students and their caregivers in the coordination of outpatient mental health services for students.
The BH Department does not replace the child/family’s mental health provider, but it becomes part of the child’s healthcare team. Students who are assessed to require a higher level of care than can be provided on campus are referred to receive mental health services in the community.
Students can access BH services by contacting a BH staff. They can also be referred by kumu, School Counselors, Administrators, friends, and ‘ohana. Depression screening occurs in the middle school and high school health rooms, and nurses may also refer students.
Students in crisis are assessed by BH staff for safety. If there are safety concerns, a student may be evaluated by a contracted psychiatrist or sent to the ER. Parents are contacted if BH staff have a safety concern after assessing a student.