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Gov. Green’s new budget requests include $7.5 million for psychiatric unit on Kauaʻi

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Hawaiʻi Gov. Josh Green today sent additional budget requests to the State Legislature that support his long list of priorities.

They include: affordable housing and infrastructure, reducing homelessness, protecting natural resources and climate, education, improving access to healthcare including mental health services, government efficiency and reducing the cost of living.

Among his healthcare requests are $7.5 million to support the Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital New Psychiatric Unit, Phase 1 on Kaua‘i.

Gov. Josh Green outlined his priorities in the latest budget requests he sent to the State Legislature. Photo Credit: Office of Hawaiʻi Gov. Josh Green

“The state is in a strong financial position, and we need to act now to provide the relief that many people in Hawai‘i need,” Green said in a press release. “These budget requests in combination with my legislative proposals will immediately and directly help families, reduce the cost of living, provide essential healthcare services, and protect our climate and future of Hawai‘i.”


Key highlights outlined by Green:

Infrastructure and Housing

  • $900 million for Hawai‘i Housing Finance Development Corporation programs to support affordable housing and infrastructure across the state
  • $40 million in each fiscal year for lump sum repairs and maintenance for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands existing infrastructure statewide
  • $12.5 million for the Hawai‘i Public Housing Authority State Rent Supplement Program
  • $20 million for Hawai‘i Public Housing Authority statewide public housing development, improvements, and renovations statewide


  • $12.3 million to provide additional funding to the Department of Health to provide additional resources for mental health services throughout the state
  • $5 million for plans for a new facility at the Hawai‘i State Hospital for secure and semi-secure stabilization beds for individuals that have behavioral health issues 
  • $5 million in fiscal year 2024 for plans to consolidate the Health Care Unit operations at Hālawa Correctional Facility to provide services including counseling, mental and medical evaluation
  • $25 million in fiscal year 2024 and $20 million in fiscal year 2025 to increase the Medicaid reimbursement rates up to 100% of Medicare. These state funds will bring in an additional $42 million in federal funds in each fiscal year and ensure access to high quality healthcare for our Medicaid population.

Environment and Agriculture

  • $3 million for Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle Control
  • $22.5 million in fiscal year 2024 for the Wahiawā  Irrigation System, Wahiawā
  • Dam and Lake Wilson Reservoir to provide agricultural water for farmers
  • 13 positions and $434,668 in fiscal year 2024 and $793,980 in fiscal year 2025 to support capacity for climate justice and climate change mitigation and adaptation activities statewide to build a more resilient Hawai‘i that protects our communities, economy, way of life, and future
  • $4 million for statewide trail restoration and maintenance to protect natural resources and preserve our islands
  • $6.2 million for watershed protection across our state
  • $25 million for the Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Revolving Fund to provide financing for clean energy technology and infrastructure projects statewide
  • $4 million to construct and repair deep monitor wells statewide, including monitoring the health of the drinking water aquifers
  • $7 million for the Maunawili Acquisition to protect and restore important cultural, agricultural, recreational and forest resources


  • $15 million in fiscal year 2024 and $10 million in fiscal year 2025 for the Department of Education to support applied behavior analysis services for students with significant behavioral or social-communication deficits across schools statewide
  • $6 million in each fiscal year for the Department of Education for skilled nursing services for the Department
  • $1.7 million in each fiscal year for the Department of Education for the physical and mental health direct service referral management system of care, to ensure all students across the state receive on-demand and scheduled care, treatment planning, care management and crisis consultation
  • 25 positions in FY 24 and 50 positions in FY 25 and $1.1 million and $2.1 million, respectively, to expand Bilingual/Bicultural School Home Assistants across Department of Education schools
  • $38.8 million in each fiscal year for the Preschool Open Doors Expansion to support preschool access for our keiki

Government Efficiency

  • $5 million for the Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program to support digital equity and access to broadband in our rural and unserved communities
  • $9 million in fiscal year 2024 for the Kahului Civic Center on Maui which will consolidate government offices to a one-stop location for public services
  • $36 million to modernize our unemployment insurance system

Full details can be found in the Governor’s Budget Message posted here.

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