Two recent, high profile cases in Honolulu involving sufferers of bi-polar disease have prompted the House Health Committee to hold an Informational Briefing on mental health services in the state in terms of effectiveness, accessibility, and public awareness.
The two cases are the double murder-suicide of Michael James, his wife and son, and the disappearance of Steven Thomas, the multimillionaire software developer, who was missing for days before hikers found his body below the Pali Lookout.
WHEN: Tuesday, August 19, 2008 - 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: State Capitol, Room 325
CONFERENCE CALL: At the top of the briefing, the committee will hold a conference call with Charles James, the brother of Michael James, who resides in Alabama, and Alabama State Representative Joseph Mitchell, a published researcher in educational psychology.
TESTIFIERS: The committee will hear testimony from the Department of Health, the Department of Education, the Department of Human Resources Development, the Mental Health America of Hawaii, Hawaii Community Health Centers, and practicing physicians, psychologists, therapists, social workers, and mental healthcare advocates.
OLELO Live - The briefing will be broadcast live on Oceanic, Olelo Channel 53 starting at 10:00 a.m.