According to the National Mental Health Association, GLBTQ youth are; often subjected to such intense bullying that they’re unable to receive an adequate education; more apt to skip school due to fear, threats, and property vandalism; more than three times more likely to drop out of school; and two to three times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual counterparts.
In August, 2007 Hale Kipa opened a new therapeutic group home, funded by the State of Hawaii Child and Mental Health Department (CAMHD) to address the needs of the Gay/ Lesbian/Bi-Sexual/Transgendered/Questioning and Intersexed (GLBTQI) youth population in Hawaii. This group home has the capacity to serve up to 8 youth at a time.
Caring for children with behavioral or emotional needs can be challenging. The reality is all the youth in the CAMHD program come with a variety of problems related to school, family or the individual. Youth with mental health treatment needs who also identify themselves as GLBTQI, are at even higher risk of suicide, self-harm or being victims of threats and aggression. The purpose of this program is to address the unique need of these youth and their right to have a safe living environment free from harassment.
As a provider of social services for at-risk youth, it is a foremost concern that there is sufficient and accurate information, awareness and the potential for understanding of the many challenges that confront our youth. Hale Kipa is recognized in the community for its sensitivity and acceptance of a wide diversity of choices and life styles, including a youth’s sexual or gender identity. This is an element of our purposeful organizational culture which respects, accepts, and treats each person with dignity and fairness.
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