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Hawai’i State Facts

Learn more about suicide and prevention efforts in Hawai’i, including a list of laws enacted in AFSP's top priority areas. Updated: February 4, 2022.

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Hawai’i suicide prevention plans and initiatives

Hawai’i suicide prevention activities are led by the EMS & Injury Prevention System Branch within the Department of Health Injury Prevention and Control Section (DOH/IPCS) with support from the Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Adult Mental Health, and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Divisions. The Prevent Suicide Hawaiʻi Taskforce (PSHTF) is the major statewide, community-driven suicide prevention/mental health collaborative in the state. Initially formed in 2001, it is the longest-standing and most sustained mental health collaborative in the state. The Hawai‛i DOH now houses and directly supports the PSHTF, including the provision of a full-time Suicide Prevention Coordinator position.

In 2016, HCR 66 requested the PSHTF to develop and recommend a strategic plan to reduce suicides in the state 25% by 2025 and to submit a report of findings and recommendations. The resulting 2017 report outlines five strategies: (1) primary prevention, awareness, and knowledge; (2) services and intervention; (3) healing, support, and postvention; (4) research and evaluation; and (5) policy and advocacy.

Hawai’i laws

Key:

  • No law in place
  • Encouraged by Law
  • Required by Law

Crisis lines and 988 implementation

  • Addresses 988 infrastructure and provides for telecom user fee
  • Addresses 988 infrastructure but does not include telecom user fee
  • 988 law limited to creating an exploratory commission, advisory committee, or task force

Mental health parity

  • Public health plans (e.g., Medicaid) regularly submit parity compliance analyses to state regulators
  • Private health plans (individual and group) regularly submit parity compliance analyses to state regulators

K – 12 school suicide prevention

  • Inclusion of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and/or other crisis line(s) on student ID cards
  • Student allowances for excused mental health absences
  • School personnel must report student suicide risk to a parent and/or guardian
  • Suicide prevention and/or mental health training for certain school personnel, annual
  • Suicide prevention and/or mental health training for certain school personnel, not annual
  • Suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention policies/programming
  • Student education on suicide prevention

Health professional training in suicide assessment, treatment and management

  • Mental health professionals receive regular training
  • Mental health professionals receive one time training
  • Medical/surgical professionals receive regular training
  • Medical/surgical professionals receive one time training

Conversion therapy bans

  • Prohibits licensed/board certified mental health providers from engaging in conversion therapy with minors under 18 years of age
  • Prohibits licensed/board certified mental health providers from engaging in conversion therapy with vulnerable adults
  • Prohibits use of state funds for any purpose related to conversion therapy (e.g., conducting, making a referral for, or extending health benefits coverage for)

University and college campus suicide prevention

  • Inclusion of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and/or other crisis line(s) on student ID cards
  • Students receive information on available mental health and/or suicide prevention services and/or resources
  • Adoption of suicide prevention/awareness policy or program

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