[352D-7.5] Kawailoa youth and family wellness center; creation. (a) The office of youth services may create and develop a central youth service center known as the Kawailoa youth and family wellness center at the site of the Hawaii youth correctional facilities. The office of youth services may grant to the Hawaii youth correctional facilities the authority to operate and maintain the Kawailoa youth and family wellness center; provided that opportunities may be given to existing state Hawaii youth correctional facilities civil service employees to participate in the services and programs, as specified in subsection (d), including discussing long-term plans for employment and training opportunities to contribute professionally to the program.

(b) A primary objective of the Kawailoa youth and family wellness center shall be to prevent delinquency, as specified in section 352D-7.

(c) The other objectives of the Kawailoa youth and family wellness center shall be to:

(1) Offer residential programs in delinquency prevention, including youth services, as defined in section 352D‑3;

(2) Provide a wider range of informal dispositions, particularly alternatives to the juvenile justice system; and

(3) Develop an improved system of intake, assessment, and follow-up for youth at risk and young adults at risk.

(d) The Kawailoa youth and family wellness center services and programs may include but shall not be limited to mental health services and programs, substance abuse treatment programs, crisis shelters for homeless youth, crisis shelters for victims of human and sex trafficking, vocational training, group homes, day treatment programs, aftercare, independent and family counseling services, educational services, and other services and programs that may be required to meet the needs of youth or young adults.

(e) All youth at risk and all young adults at risk shall be eligible for services at the Kawailoa youth and family wellness center. [L 2018, c 208, 2]

 

Cross References

 

Hawaii youth correctional facilities; Kawailoa youth and family wellness center; authority, see 352-32.

 

 

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