Triad Approaches to Helping Those Dealing with Homelessness, Substance Abuse, and Mental Illness Webinar

July 13, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


Free Zoom Webinar and/or In-person training at Queens Conference Center (QCC)

Helping Hands Hawai‘i administers numerous programs that benefit Hawai‘i’s people especially those programs that help people who are dealing with multiple problems of homelessness, substance abuse and mental illness. Within Helping Hands Hawai‘i are several Behavioral Health Programs including a Housing First Project called Hawai‘i Pathways Project, funded through Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division (ADAD). Helping Hands Hawai‘i uses the housing first model to provide housing first, then implement wrap-around support, treatment, and life skill services that are necessary to help individuals to stabilize, improve their quality of life and maintain housing.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine the approaches and services use to offer housing first for homeless people in Hawai‘i.
  2. Discuss support services, treatments, and life skill services available through Helping Hands Hawai‘i and their partners to help stabilized high-risk individuals.
  3. Share resources, tips and success stories from Helping Hands Hawai‘i’s Behavioral Health Programs.

Presenter is Heather Pierucki, MA, LMHC, QMHP
Director of Behavioral Health at Helping Hands Hawai‘i

Heather Pierucki, MA, LMHC, QMHP. Heather serves as the Director of Behavioral Health overseeing the Community-Based Case Management/Community-Based Care Coordination, Hawaii Pathways Project and clinical aspects of Representative Payee Services. She is responsible for managing behavioral health contracts that directly serve the low-income and homeless communities with a focus on consumers dealing with mental illness and substance use disorders. She also provides clinical supervision to the Behavioral Health staff and participates in the agency’s Health and Wellness committee.

Heather graduated with her Masters of Arts (MA) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University in Phoenix.