The concept of wraparound services has defined Hale Kipa’s approach to assisting Hawaii’s at-risk youth from our start and in many ways has attributed to our organization and youths’ success. Providing our youth a multitude of services as well as connecting them to community resources beyond our expertise, we holistically tackle our youths’ needs. Our programs, such as emergency shelter, foster care, independent living and outreach, build off one another and fill-in service gaps to ultimately help youth reach their big-picture goals.
WRAP Hawaii, a collaborative pilot program of the Hawaii State Department of Human Services, takes the wraparound service approach to the state level. The program calls for various service providers, state agencies and professionals engaged with an at-risk youth to work together and provide a comprehensive Plan of Care (POC) that supports a youth in his or her journey towards overcoming challenges and achieving success.
Launched in fall of 2012, the program’s first group of 10 youth, referred by Child Welfare Services, Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility and Family Court, participated in wraparound services with their families for 10 to 17 months. The feedback since then has been highly encouraging with those involved noting a positive change in how at-risk youth are assisted.
Following the success of the pilot program, the Office of Youth Services has worked with agencies to further implement WRAP Hawaii and serve youth who are transitioning out of the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility and their families. Although Hale Kipa’s Advocates of our Aftercare Monitoring Program, also known as our Hawaii Advocate Program, have always assisted these youth, we have added and fulfilled the position called a community navigator as part of WRAP Hawaii. The navigator works with a facilitator from EPIC and a parent partner from Hawaii Families as Allies to connect a youth and his or her family participating in WRAP Hawaii with the community resources necessitated by the youth’s Plan of Care (POC).
We’ve always been driven by our youth’s individual needs and we are happy to see this program expand with ultimately Hawaii’s at-risk youths’ aspirations as the focus.
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