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Hawaii program to help homeless with mental health issues

August 28, 2019

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii officials have announced a program to help homeless people on Oahu with mental health issues.

The Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday that Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced a one-year contract to the Outreach Navigation program between Honolulu and the Institute for Human Services that would allow judges to give homeless people court-ordered mental health treatment.

Officials say recent legislation passed allowing attorneys to enforce treatments without proving that a client is a danger to others, but just themselves.

Officials say the $500,000 program is expected to seek court approval for less than 10 homeless clients, starting at a family court in Kapolei about 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of Honolulu.

City officials say the program is aimed at the most service-resistant, chronically homeless people who would not otherwise accept help.

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Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

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