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On Wednesday, August 23, 300 participants from government, private and nonprofit organizations and community members convened at the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Resort to discuss ways of ending the cycle of recidivism through housing solutions, healthcare, employment, and community safety. Read the West Hawaii Today article or copy.
Adapted from the Oversight Coordinator Monthly Reports for December 15th, 2022:
GHH leadership met with Hawaii Correctional System Oversight Commission Chair Mark Patterson, Commission Member Theodore Sakai, and Oversight Coordinator Christin Johnson on October 12th, 2022, to discuss concerns regarding justice-involved homeless individuals, specifically within the jail and prison system. Since 2004, the Hawai`i Island Going Home Consortium has been leading efforts to provide innovative and culturally responsive reentry and reintegration services to justice-involved individuals, their families, and communities.
GHH has taken the initiative to develop a strategy for intergovernmental collaboration meetings leading up to a Reentry Housing Summit in April 2023. The Coordinator and Commission will be an active part in the intergovernmental collaboration and staff will attend the Reentry Housing Summit.
Full December 2022 Report.
The Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness convenes monthly webinar sessions on topics related to homelessness and behavioral health, including topics specific to providing these services in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The monthly webinars are an extension of the Behavioral Health and Homelessness Statewide Unified Response Group (BHHSURG). For more information about the monthly webinars, including suggestions for topics, please contact Homelessness Assistant Justin Limasa at (808) 586-0193 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The October's webinar on the topic of Institutional Reentry and Housing Needs featured GHH CEO Les Estrella, RYSE Diversion (Nemesis Nichols) and Beyond Bars Program (Tadia Rice). Webinar Recording. Presentation Materials.