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Mālama Na Makua A Keiki Receives Ohana and Community Program Grant from OHA

May 28, 2021, 6:47 AM HST

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Mālama Na Makua A Keiki dba Mālama Family Recovery Center received a one-year grant of $ 75,000 from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to support its family-centered addiction treatment and support program.

The goal of the program is to provide sex-appropriate drug addiction treatment to pregnant women or mothers. Women receive a variety of services to provide a holistic approach to recovery, including an evidence-based substance abuse treatment program, individual and group therapy, psychoeducation, life skills classes, and cultural education. and activities reflecting the host community and culture.

Mālama Family Recovery Center was established in 1999, originally under the name Mālama Na Makaua A Keiki, when local doctors and nurses saw the need to provide assistance to pregnant women and mothers suffering from drug addiction and dementia. alcohol, to prevent the birth of babies affected by drugs and alcohol.

BabySAFE (Substance Abuse Free Environment) was the agency’s first program. Later, the organization added a residential drug treatment center, a sober living program, and outpatient services. The organization serves around 160 women and children per year.

“We are very happy to work with the OHA in this capacity; these funds will help us provide treatment for substance use that affects women, and subsequently their children, so that we can work to strengthen ‘ohana. We are grateful to have the opportunity to use this funding to expand our ‘āina based cultural programming, as well as to expand our early learning center for keiki under our care, ”said Dr Lisa Ponichtera, clinical director of Mālama Na Makua A Keïki.

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