Mission & Vision



The mission of the State of Hawaii Department of Health (SOH | DOH) is to protect and improve the health and environment for all people in Hawaii; health, that optimal state of physical, mental, social and environmental well-being, is a right and responsibility of all of Hawaii’s people. The Child & Adolescent Mental Health Division (CAMHD) is an important part of this responsibility, providing timely and effective mental health prevention, assessment and treatment services to children and youth with emotional and behavioral challenges, and their families.


All CAMHD goals and objectives serve the ultimate vision of “happy and healthy children and families living in caring communities.” The CAMHD system is made up of several core components– values CAMHD strive to operationalize in its practices. One of these core components is the commitment to the Hawaii Child and Adolescent Service System Program (CASSP) Principles and the Provision of Inclusive Services. Nationally, the CASSP Principles (Stroul, B.A. and Friedman, R.M., 1986) were developed in accordance with the original work of Jane Knitzer in an effort to provide a framework of principles for newly created systems of care. In the early 1990s, Hawaii communities and stakeholders made minor language revisions to these CASSP Principles to effectively address the relevant cultural issues as they presented in Hawaii. CAMHD is committed to the CASSP Principles and expects the same commitment from contracted providers.

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Last reviewed on December 10, 2019