Hawaii rehab consultant commends HOPE Center

(Office of the Governor) — Program services manager for Mental Health Kokua or MHK and Hawaii-based consultant Wayne Law, M.S.W., recently conducted an on-site visit to the Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation Program’s Hinemlu O’hala Para Enteramenti or HOPE Recovery Center, and commended the progress of its treatment services.

As the oldest, private non-profit mental health organization in Hawaii providing housing, case management, homeless outreach, and psychiatry and counseling services for more than 1600 people yearly, MHK through Wayne Law continues to provide guidance for the commonwealth’s sole recovery center.

“This program is a first for the CNMI. It is through the vision, commitment and leadership of Gov. Ralph Torres that this tremendous program has been launched and is now in full swing. Much gratitude also goes to the Legislature for the appropriation of funds needed to run the program,” Law said, complementing the Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation or SAR program for hiring competent staff who are working well with participants and residents in the group homes.

Law said now that the doors of the center are open and receiving those who are engaged in recovery and reclaiming their lives from the ravages of drug abuse and addiction, the response from participants has been very encouraging.

“It is wonderful to see so much activity and life at the center, and I’ve offered recommendations to further strengthen the program as it continues to grow and expand services to accommodate those in our community who are in need,” Law said.

According to Special Assistant for Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation Yvette R. Sablan, the on-site visit by the SAR consultant, Wayne Law, proved to be a very successful one.

She added that the mission of the SAR program is to provide a cultural and evidenced-based treatment and best-practice strategy services on rehabilitation and recovery in order to improve the overall quality of life for individuals struggling with substance abuse and behavioral difficulties related to addictions.

“Mr. Law has been instrumental in the initial opening and ongoing efforts of the recovery center. He provided training to our personnel, including clinical and programmatic oversight to the crisis counseling program using his extensive experience serving the Pacific region. Mr. Law was impressed with the progress made at the HOPE center since his last visit six months ago, from the full implementation of the Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program for members of the community seeking help, and those referred from Drug Court and the Community Guidance Center to the expansion of the HOPE 24-hour Transitional Residential Group Home beds. We are very pleased with his assistance, and we all look toward strengthening our services and building our capacity,” Sablan said.

To achieve this mission, she says, SAR has worked collaboratively with stakeholders to implement the treatment support and life-skill activities necessary to prepare the participants for a positive transition as they reintegrate into the community and focus their efforts on their drug-free journey.

Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres emphasized that the center’s collaboration with regional mental health partners is critical to providing services based on best practices.

“The HOPE center is continuing to grow and we’ve had a lot of positive feedback from the community and our healthcare partners. Mr. Law has provided us with valuable insights from his over 40 years of experience in mental health services. His knowledge of integrated treatment and intervention has enabled our center to address our community needs in terms of substance abuse, crises counseling, case management and continuity of care. We are grateful for his oversight and his unwavering dedication to mental healthcare and Pacific communities. I am very pleased to know that there is much more progress ahead for the recovery center and stand by my commitment to all those recovering in our community,” Governor Torres said.

The HOPE Recovery Center follows the Matrix Model or the Evidence-Based Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program for Alcohol and Drugs which uses cognitive-behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing to teach patients to analyze events and change thoughts, behaviors, and lifestyle related to alcohol and other drug use. This includes intensive outpatient treatment, individual and group counseling, relapse prevention, treatment of co-occurring disorders, family therapy and education, supportive services, medication-assisted treatment with aftercare support from the Community Guidance Center.

HOPE services are free and the center is staffed 24 hours a day with participants from the general public.

For more information or help, call 323-7277/78.

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