Hawaii's active duty military women and men are able to get treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) through "Healing Forces," a trauma recovery program of Sutter Health Kahi Mohala. The 16-bed unit on the Ewa Beach campus is the first trauma recovery inpatient treatment program of its kind in the islands to provide treatment for both women and men.
"Our military service members living in Hawaii will benefit from these close-to-home services rather than having to travel to get treatment," said Leonard Licina, Sutter Health Kahi Mohala CEO. "Our team is helping restore the lives of those who suffer from PTSD and trauma as a result of serving our country. Traumatic events can lead to chronic issues not just for the person, but for the family."
Kahi Mohala's Healing Forces team approaches these issues from the patient's perspective. The program addresses the stigma attached to seeking mental help, access to care and interpersonal relationship challenges.
Posttraumatic stress disorder is a mental health problem affecting about 8 percent of the U.S. population. Among service members this mental health issue affects between 15 to 20 percent.
The program provides treatment for all types of traumatic events and focuses on combat trauma, sexual and military sexual trauma (MST), and PTSD combined with substance abuse.
"Each treatment is evidence-based and is combined with activities such as yoga, recreational therapy and reality oriented physical experiential services to relieve symptoms and build resiliency and recovery," said Kenneth Delano, PhD, Healing Forces clinical director. Other services include separation adjustment, family counseling, and loss and grief counseling.
Since 1983, Kahi Mohala has been Hawaii's only community based, not-for-profit psychiatric hospital.
Community support and contributions are important to enable Kahi Mohala to continue its non-profit mission to provide these important services. All funds raised are used locally to serve the behavioral health needs of the community through the highest level of psychiatric care, capital improvement projects, education programs and charity care.
For more information on the program or to make a referral call (808) 312-7261. To donate call (808) 677-2535.