Big Island Substance Abuse Council - Kalilua Kona in Kailua Kona, HI

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74-5555 Kaiwi Street, F4
Kailua Kona HI 96740

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Big Island Substance Abuse Council, also known as BISAC, is located in Kailua Kona, Hawaii and offers outpatient-based treatment to individuals struggling with substance abuse and mental health concerns. The organization is headquartered in Kea‘au, Hawaii and operates another outpatient treatment facility in Hilo. Residential programs are also offered at other BISAC locations.


To be admitted, clients must contact the facility directly by phone or email to schedule an initial behavioral health assessment. The facility’s treatment program emphasizes native Hawaiian culture by giving clients the opportunity to work the land and learn about Hawaiian values in a natural outdoor setting.

Two outpatient treatment programs are available at BISAC’s Kalilua location: an intensive outpatient program (IOP) and a standard outpatient program. In the intensive outpatient program, one of the 53 (31.5 percent) in the state, clients receive treatment for nine to 15 hours per week, which includes at least four hours of individual counseling per month.

In the standard outpatient program, clients receive treatment for one to eight hours per week, which includes at least one hour of individual counseling per month. Throughout treatment, clients benefit from individual and group counseling, couples counseling, family counseling, relapse prevention and recovery skills training.

Along with its core outpatient programs, BISAC offers a vocational program, a culinary program for those interested in food services, an employee-assistance program for local employers, a certification course for those who would like to become Certified Substance Abuse Counselors (CSAC), and various educational classes. The facility is among the state's 84 (50 percent) treatment facilities offering some form of vocational training.

The organization also provides school-based outpatient treatment to adolescents at 31 different high schools and middle schools on the island of Hawaii. The facility is among the 113 (67.3 percent) facilities in the state to offer programming for adolescents. BISAC offers mental health services under the name Hawaii Island Health & Wellness Center.


The treatment team at BISAC includes a medical doctor and psychiatrist, a clinical psychologist, certified substance abuse counselors, and a licensed marriage and family therapist. The sole survey respondent to date provided a two out of five-star rating for the staff's level of experience and training.


As of this writing, had yet to receive feedback from former clients of this facility. However, on BISAC’s Facebook page, which it may manage, BISAC received eight perfect five-star ratings to date.[1] Alum B.J. wrote, “An Awesome Team to Help the Community. So many services are offered thru BISAC.” Another alum, R.Z., seemed to agree with that viewpoint, adding, “good job.”


At the time of this writing, the single survey respondent, a loved one, gave below-average ratings across the board. Despite citing "Dedicated staff" as a facility strength, this individual gave two out of five-star ratings for counseling options, holistic offerings, level of family participation, and treatment of co-occurring disorders. "Lcak of modern treatment options," the loved one wrote, giving just two stars when surveyed on whether they would recommend this facility to others.


There is currently no information provided by Big Island Substance Abuse Council regarding its costs. However, the single individual surveyed by gave the facility two out of five stars for its affordability. Clients are encouraged to contact the facility directly for additional information regarding financing.


Published on June 2019

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