Practices that show evidence of effectiveness in improving public health outcomes in a specific real-life setting, as indicated by achievement of aims consistent with the objectives of the activities, and are suitable for adaptation by other communities.

Homelessness, mental illness, COVID-19 and SUD handled by Hawaii BHA

Knopf, A.

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Case Study, Key Informant Interview

Policy Change/ Development
Economic Stability
Healthcare Access and Quality
Tools Included
Outside U.S.

Infrastructure Support

This case study discusses how Hawaii’s Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) partnered with state housing services to organize isolation and quarantine services for people experiencing homelessness. This department also focused on substance use disorder and mental illness, so they worked to build partnerships with treatment centers that individuals could enter after quarantine. The BHA has also focused on braiding funding sources between substance use disorder and homelessness efforts to provide more wraparound services and combat the siloization of different departments.

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Outcomes of Interest

Partnership Building, Reduction of Health Disparities

Priority Population(s)

People Experiencing Homelessness, People With a Mental Illness, People With Substance Use Disorders

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Geographic Area of Implementation

Implementation Period