About Us

Mission statement for the HYK page

Background: Parents and caregivers often don’t know where to start when their child is experiencing major emotional or behavioral difficulties. Difficulties can include inability to concentrate, extreme anxiety about a variety of events, exposure to a traumatic event, depressed mood, trouble developing relationships, or many others issues.

Purpose: The Help Your Keiki webpage is a website for parents, by parents in collaboration with the State of Hawaii’s Evidence Based Services (EBS) Committee. Since 1999, the Evidence‐Based Services (EBS) Committee has been promoting best practices to serve children and adolescents with mental health needs. With that goal in mind, the EBS committee developed this website. Parents and caregivers can use this website at every stage of addressing their child’s difficulties.

  • Parents and caregivers can use this site to help them understand if their child may have characteristics of a mental health disorder. Please see the “Common Problems” section for this information.
  • If parents do have a child with mental health needs, they can use this site to learn about what they can do to get their child the best help available. Please see the “What Works” section for this information and how these practices are broken down into elements focused on keiki, parents, and families.
  • If parents have already started working with a therapist, they can use the information on this website to guide the questions that they ask their therapist. Please see the list of “Questions” for more information about questions to ask your therapist and medication provider.
  • Finally, if parents would like more information about additional resources they can utilize, we are consistently updating information on our “Resources” page.

We hope you find this information helpful. If you have any questions, please contact us. Also, please feel free to download and disseminate our brochure about this website.  


Evidence-Based Practices in Child and Adolescent Mental Health: Why are they important? Dr. William E. Pelham, Jr., ABPP, the Director of the Center for Children and Families (CCF) at Florida International University, an interdisciplinary center with faculty and student involvement from the Departments of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Pediatrics, discusses evidence-based practices (EBPs) and why they are important in child and adolescent mental health. Dr. Pelham provides examples of EBPs and discusses implementing EBPs in community settings. Please click here to watch this video.


Evidence-Based Services Committee

The Evidence-Based Services Committee works to promote best practices to serve children with mental health needs. As a result of the committee’s efforts, mental health professionals, administrators, and parents of children with special needs have been informed on the best ways mental health needs can be met. Please follow us on Instagram for more information about the EBS Committee’s mission and monthy meetings: @helpyourkeiki


Hawaii State Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division (CAMHD)

  • Ohio Scales for Parents and Children: monthly monitoring questionnaires for youth receiving CAMHD services