Teen CARE Programs

Teen CARE has been helping Hawaii’s youth since 1987. Our services are CARF accredited and funded by the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division of the Department of Health and the Hawaii Judiciary. Teen CARE provides substance abuse prevention and treatment for youth, as well as youth experiencing behavioral or emotional challenges in the home or community.

Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment

Teen CARE is a substance abuse treatment program that empowers youth with the knowledge, skills and support systems required to make positive changes and to get back on track with their lives. Teen CARE substance abuse treatment services include individual counseling, group counseling, case management, and family sessions. Each client receives a treatment plan tailored to their individual needs based on the results of a comprehensive assessment. Group counseling focuses on education, skill development, and support. Our treatment program utilizes evidence-based curriculum and approaches that have been found to be effective with youth in substance abuse treatment settings, such as Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Our substance abuse treatment programs receive funding from the Hawai`i Judiciary and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division of the Hawai`i Department of Health.

School-Based treatment services take place on school campuses throughout Oahu and Kauai. Working in the school environment allows for close collaboration with school staff and provides a more comprehensive picture of the youth being served. Many young people who need treatment services are already exhibiting signs of substance abuse as evidenced by poor attendance of school, declining grades, behavioral problems, and family conflicts. Teen CARE’s school-based students are often self-referred, but they can also be referred by peers, teachers, counselors, administrators, and family members.

Community-Based treatment services are located in Waipahu, Waianae, Kaneohe, and Kapaa. These services take place outside of school hours. Youth in our community-based programs are referred by family members, therapists, social workers medical professionals, care coordinators, probation officers, and school administrators. In our community-based programs, we work closely with family and other referral sources in order to support youth participation and encourage long-term change.  

Prevention Services

Teen CARE provides evidence-based services in Oahu and Kauai to help youth learn to make healthy choices. Our prevention services are funded by the State of Hawai‘i Department of Health, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division through the Federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (“SAPT”) Block Grant funds. Our substance abuse prevention program includes the following components:

  • Education is provided to youth in schools and community settings through our evidenced-based curricula. Start Taking Alcohol Risks Seriously (STARS) for Families is a health promotion program that focuses on community norms and media education to help youth think more actively about choices they are making regarding alcohol use. Project ALERT teaches youth the skills they need to understand and resist pro-drug social influences through small-group activities, question-and-answer sessions, role-playing, and the rehearsal of new skills. Positive Action promotes an intrinsic interest in learning and cooperation by reinforcing the intuitive philosophy that you feel good about yourself when you do positive actions.
  • Alternative Activities are drug-free events that reinforce positive choices, enhance pro-social skills, and offer a safe space for teens. Youth who have participated in our evidence-based programs are encouraged to take part in alternative activities to practice new skills and to strengthen their commitment to making positive choices. Teen CARE supports drug-free community and school events like Project Grad in order to increase awareness of the risks or drinking and driving while keeping youth safe.
  • Community-based process allows us to engage with other providers as part of a community coalition. This collaboration brings together different people and organizations in order to create positive changes within communities.
  • Information Dissemination is a key part of our prevention services. We provide information about making healthy choices, the risk of substance abuse, and prevention and treatment resources available for teens and families. Teen CARE can be found health fairs, school functions, and various community events. You might see us at your neighborhood H`oolaule`a – so come up and say hello! We share facts and resources with middle and high school students through our classroom presentations. We also reach out to youth and families through the digital medium with our social media campaigns – Substance and Teen CARE Ohana.

    • Substance Hawaii focuses on youth by examining the essence of what makes each of us unique – what we love, the way we interact with the world, and the content of our character – our “substance.” A digital presence among youth who participate in our evidence-based programs reinforces positive skills and values, generating a lasting impact. Identifying healthy passions and positive qualities strengthens a teen’s ability to make good choices, opening the door to new opportunities and a bright future.
    • Teen CARE Ohana influences and informs those who care about teens such as parents, professionals, and educators. It’s a resource for families we engage with at community events, parents involved in our evidence-based programs, and others who might be looking for help and support. We focus on education about risks related to teen drug use, information about family friendly activities, and ideas about how to support teens.

Intensive In-Home Therapy

The Intensive In-Home (IIH) Program provides services to youth and families referred by the Central, Honolulu, and Windward Family Guidance Centers. Our therapists work with youth experiencing behavioral or emotional challenges in the home and/or community. We support youth and families by supporting stability, developing positive social skills and problem solving skills, and improving quality of relationships. Intensive In-Home Therapy is time limited, family focused, and incorporates a team approach. Services are delivered in school, home, and community settings, utilizing evidence-based approaches for youth with behavioral and mental health challenges. IIH services are funded by the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division (CAMHD) of the Hawai`i Department of Health.


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