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Keep Molokini ll Open and on Maui for the Benefit of the Mental Health of our Youth

August 5, 2014
Lisa Darcy - Ho‘omoana Foundation , Maui Weekly

The Ho'omoana Foundation ( and Kiana Amoncio from the Kuleana Connections advocacy group received information that Maui Memorial Medical Center (MMMC) board of directors voted on Friday, July 25, to close the Molokini II Unit that serves as the acute psychiatric care for the adolescent community on Maui and also supports individuals from other islands.

According to MMMC CEO Wesley Lo, the hospital, from a "purely financial perspective," needs to reduce costs due "to reduced funding, a seven percent salary increase" amongst a broad group of hospital employees, and "medical inflation and shortfalls." He also noted that MMMC is unable to retain qualified doctors and he does not wish to ask them to be on-call every other night.

The feedback from the community at the July 23 public meeting was overwhelmingly in support of finding a way to keep these acute care services on-island. Many parents testified in support of the care their family received here and others on the significant emotional and financial obstacles to recovery travel to another island presents for children in urgent need of psychiatric services.

Our legislators now have only days to intervene. Molokini II will close if our elected officials do not take action by Friday, Aug. 8! If there is no intervention, the decision stands.

After contacting several of our elected officials, as of July 30, many still did not know this was happening.

Here's how to register your position in support of keeping Molokini II open and retaining psychiatric services here on Maui:

Call or send an email or a fax to let the below elected officials your position to "keep Molokini II open and on Maui for the benefit of the mental health of our youth."

If you wish to participate and influence in this dialog, contact the following committee members below.

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Speaker of the House Joe Souki, phone (808) 586-6100, fax (808) 586-6101

Senate Committee on Human Services

Suzanne Chun Oakland, Chair, Senate District 13, phone (808) 586-6130, fax (808) 586-6131,

Josh Green, Vice-Chair, Senate District 3, phone (808) 586-9385, fax (808) 586-9391

Senate Committee on Health

Josh Green, Vice-Chair, Senate District 3, phone (808) 586-9385, fax (808) 586-9391

Roslyn Baker, Vice-Chair, Senate District 6, phone (808) 586-6070, fax (808) 586-6071,

House Committee on Health

Della Au Belatti Chair, House District 24, phone (808) 586-9425

Dee Morikawa Vice-chair, House District 16, phone (808) 586-6280, fax (808) 586-6281

House Committee on Human Services

Mele Carroll, Chair, House District 13, phone (808) 586-6790, fax (808) 586-6779

Della Au Belatti, Vice Chair, House District 24, phone (808) 586-9425



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