News

Lesley Slavin, PK Grant-Writer and Consultant, Named Outstanding Government Mental Health Leader

May 14, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As Clinical Director of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division of the Hawaii Department of Health, she has championed and taken on some of the most difficult issues facing young people who have mental health problems. For example, most kids who have severe behavior problems have been traumatized. Unfortunately, up until now, children’s treatment programs thought an effective way to help these kids when they were having a rough time was to put them in seclusion – in a room with no contact with anyone (which, in jail, is called solitary confinement) – or hold them down, put them on the floor, or tie them down to a bed.

Lesley, not surprisingly, thinks this is probably not the best way to help a child in emotional distress. It doesn’t make them feel safe, it actually makes them more scared and upset – and further traumatizes them. She has worked with agencies and staff members to reduce their use of seclusion and restraints.
Lesley also directs Project Kealahou for girls who have experienced trauma. The Project pairs each of these girls with a caring adult young woman who can empathize with what the girls have gone through and who may have had similar experiences themselves.

Lesley also spearheaded Project Laulima, for young people who have both intellectual disabilities and mental health problems. They do not fit in a mental health treatment program because of their intellectual disability and vice versa. These kids need help but fall through the cracks. Project Laulima brings together a wide variety of agencies to develop better ways to treat these youth.
Finally, you might not know it, but Lesley is a champion hula dancer! She is in a Kupuna Hula Class which has taken first place in three competitions! 

http://www.mentalhealthamericanofhawaii.wildapricot.org/award-winners#sthash.XhVYOM4v.dpuf

 

 

Lesley Slavin

 

Outstanding Government Mental Health Leader

 

Dr. Lesley Slavin

As Clinical Director of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division of the DOH, she has championed and taken on some of the most difficult issues facing young people who have mental health problems.

For example, most kids who have severe behavior problems have been traumatized. Unfortunately, up until now, children’s treatment programs thought an effective way to help these kids when they were having a rough time was to put them in seclusion – in a room with no contact with anyone (which, in jail, is called solitary confinement) – or hold them down, put them on the floor, or tie them down to a bed.

Lesley, not surprisingly, thinks this is probably not the best way to help a child in emotional distress. It doesn’t make them feel safe, it actually makes them more scared and upset – and further traumatizes them. She has worked with agencies and staff members to reduce their use of seclusion and restraints.

Lesley also directs Project Kealahou for girls who have experienced trauma. The Project pairs each of these girls with a caring adult young woman who can empathize with what the girls have gone through and who may have had similar experiences themselves.

Lesley also spearheaded Project Laulima, for young people who have both intellectual disabilities and mental health problems. They do not fit in a mental health treatment program because of their intellectual disability and vice versa. These kids need help but fall through the cracks. Project Laulima brings together a wide variety of agencies to develop better ways to treat these youth.

Finally, you might not know it, but Lesley is a champion hula dancer! She is in a Kupuna Hula Class which has taken first place in three competitions! 

- See more at: http://www.mentalhealthamericanofhawaii.wildapricot.org/award-winners#sthash.XhVYOM4v.dpuf

Lesley Slavin

 

Outstanding Government Mental Health Leader

 

Dr. Lesley Slavin

As Clinical Director of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division of the DOH, she has championed and taken on some of the most difficult issues facing young people who have mental health problems.

For example, most kids who have severe behavior problems have been traumatized. Unfortunately, up until now, children’s treatment programs thought an effective way to help these kids when they were having a rough time was to put them in seclusion – in a room with no contact with anyone (which, in jail, is called solitary confinement) – or hold them down, put them on the floor, or tie them down to a bed.

Lesley, not surprisingly, thinks this is probably not the best way to help a child in emotional distress. It doesn’t make them feel safe, it actually makes them more scared and upset – and further traumatizes them. She has worked with agencies and staff members to reduce their use of seclusion and restraints.

Lesley also directs Project Kealahou for girls who have experienced trauma. The Project pairs each of these girls with a caring adult young woman who can empathize with what the girls have gone through and who may have had similar experiences themselves.

Lesley also spearheaded Project Laulima, for young people who have both intellectual disabilities and mental health problems. They do not fit in a mental health treatment program because of their intellectual disability and vice versa. These kids need help but fall through the cracks. Project Laulima brings together a wide variety of agencies to develop better ways to treat these youth.

Finally, you might not know it, but Lesley is a champion hula dancer! She is in a Kupuna Hula Class which has taken first place in three competitions! 

- See more at: http://www.mentalhealthamericanofhawaii.wildapricot.org/award-winners#sthash.XhVYOM4v.dpuf

Lesley Slavin
Outstanding Government Mental Health Leader
Dr. Lesley Slavin

As Clinical Director of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division of the DOH, she has championed and taken on some of the most difficult issues facing young people who have mental health problems.

For example, most kids who have severe behavior problems have been traumatized. Unfortunately, up until now, children’s treatment programs thought an effective way to help these kids when they were having a rough time was to put them in seclusion – in a room with no contact with anyone (which, in jail, is called solitary confinement) – or hold them down, put them on the floor, or tie them down to a bed.

Lesley, not surprisingly, thinks this is probably not the best way to help a child in emotional distress. It doesn’t make them feel safe, it actually makes them more scared and upset – and further traumatizes them. She has worked with agencies and staff members to reduce their use of seclusion and restraints.

Lesley also directs Project Kealahou for girls who have experienced trauma. The Project pairs each of these girls with a caring adult young woman who can empathize with what the girls have gone through and who may have had similar experiences themselves.

Lesley also spearheaded Project Laulima, for young people who have both intellectual disabilities and mental health problems. They do not fit in a mental health treatment program because of their intellectual disability and vice versa. These kids need help but fall through the cracks. Project Laulima brings together a wide variety of agencies to develop better ways to treat these youth.

Finally, you might not know it, but Lesley is a champion hula dancer! She is in a Kupuna Hula Class which has taken first place in three competitions! 

- See more at: http://www.mentalhealthamericanofhawaii.wildapricot.org/award-winners#sthash.XhVYOM4v.dpuf

 




Read more articles: