Big Island Substance Abuse Council puts grant to work in Rural Wellness Hubs

  • The Big Island Substance Abuse Council recently received a $15,000 grant from Hawaiian Electric to assist the nonprofit with its Rural Wellness Hubs. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

The Big Island Substance Abuse Council (BISAC) recently received a grant from Hawaiian Electric to assist the nonprofit with its Rural Wellness Hubs.

The $15,000 grant from Hawaiian Electric will bolster the nonprofit’s Rural Wellness Hubs, which provide substance use and mental health services to rural and underserved communities.

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“Our Hubs provide linkages between rural communities who lack resources and service providers,” said BISAC’s CEO, Dr. Hannah Preston-Pita. “This month we opened our first Hub in Kohala and plan on opening future Hubs in Ka’u and Pahoa.”

In addition to services, BISAC has also committed to ongoing training such as drug awareness, suicide prevention, and helping to equip the community with Naloxone kits. These trainings are another layer of creating sustainable and healthy communities.

“We are extremely grateful for Hawaiian Electric’s grant because it will allow us to continue to provide services and provide opportunities for individuals to reclaims their lives,” Preston-Pita said.

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Since 1964, BISAC has been inspiring individuals and families to reclaim and enrich their lives in the wake of the ravages of substance abuse and mental health. BISAC is headquartered in Kea‘au and offers outpatient treatment to men and women struggling with substance abuse and mental health. The organization operates another outpatient treatment facility in Hilo and has offices in Kona as well. Residential Therapeutic Living Programs are also offered in other locations.

For more information about BISAC and all of its programs, call (808) 969-9994 or visit www.bisac.org.

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