Tripler, DOE, Queen's Partnership Extends Care to Community
Children find security in the daily routine of family life, and when this is disrupted by the long absences caused by military deployment, it can be traumatic. The purpose of Tripler Army Medical Center's SBHT (School Behavioral Health Team) Community of Practice Model is to help young children and their families cope with this and other behavioral health issues. The Queen's Medical Center has partnered with Tripler and the Hawai'i Department of Education to expand behavior health services at Wahiawa Elementary School, which currently has 572 students.
Wahiawa Elementary recently hosted a dedication ceremony of a new School-Based Behavioral Health building on its grounds; the program, which officially opened on November 1, 2011, has enrolled 27 students to date. Named "Ike Pilialoha," or "bonds of knowledge, friendship, and love," the partnership program offers a comprehensive array of interdisciplinary school-based programs and services to support the social and emotional well-being of students, families, and the community.
U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye was a special guest speaker at the dedication ceremony. The senator related that when he enlisted 69 years ago at age 18, 96% of military personnel were unmarried. "Today, 70% are married with children," he said. "That's why I'm here. This is absolutely essential. We have to realize the pain theses families have."