Po’ailani Inc. is a private non-profit organization and started providing treatment services in 1976.


Mission, Vision, and Goals

The mission of Po’ailani Inc. is to provide dual diagnosis treatment services in a continuum of care that is community-based and client-focused. Po’ailani Inc. values are centered on compassion, respect, and quality services. The overall goal of Po’ailani Inc. is to improve the client’s quality of life by providing treatment.

Dual diagnosis is a substance use disorder combined with a mental illness.

  • Common mental illnesses are Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Schizophrenia.
  • Common substance use is alcohol, prescription medications, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, crystal methamphetamine and other substances.
  • Many people who suffer from stress, anxiety and other mental illnesses often use substances to mask their feelings.
  • According to the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), approximately 7.9 million adults in the United States experienced a co-occurring illness (http://www.samhsa.gov/disorders/co-occurring).

Individuals with mental illnesses are more likely than people without mental illnesses to experience an alcohol or substance use disorder. Co-occurring illnesses are challenging to diagnose due to the complexity of the symptoms. In many cases, people receive treatment for one illness while the other illness remains untreated.

Watch our segment on Living 808 to learn more!


“Po’ailani on the Windward side of Oahu provides treatment and housing services for those suffering from drug/alcohol addiction and mental illness. CEO Abby Paredes tells us more about their organization.”