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About Us

Our Mission:

To empower youth and families challenged with behavioral health issues to become responsible,
self-fulfilled and contributing members of the community

Maui Youth & Family Services provides youth with opportunities to succeed within a safe and supportive environment. Our prevention programs help young people form strong social bonds and family foundations so they can make the right decisions regarding drugs, alcohol and other “high-risk” activities when they face peer pressure in high school. Our intervention programs help youth in situations beyond their control, whether because they are using/abusing drugs and/or alcohol, are homeless, in foster care or aging out of foster care, etc. By stepping in and providing the right guidance and programs on an individualized basis, we can ensure that these young people do not slip through the cracks. MYFS’ broad spectrum of services embraces young people and families in the community and addresses all types of needs related to physical safety, personal growth and mental and emotional stability. MYFS works with several organizations and programs in Maui County and the State of Hawaii, such as Parents and Children Together (PACT), the Judiciary, public schools, Friends of the Children’s Justice Center, Maui Homeless Alliance, the POI (Positive Outreach Intervention) Project and more.

Maui Youth & Family Services merged with Maui nonprofits Aloha House and Malama Family Recovery Center to become part of the Maui Behavioral Health Resources umbrella organization in 2008. Click here to learn more about our tri-agency partnership. As a major community resource for intervention and rehabilitation of our youth and families in need, MYFS has grown and built a reputation for professionalism and effectiveness.

Susan Pirsch, MC/LMFT
Maui Youth & Family Services Clinical Director

Susan supervises all MYFS programs. She has more than 25 years experience working with adolescents and their families. While Executive Director of UpCountry Youth Center, Inc., she initiated bringing Boys and Girls Club’s programs to Maui. Most recently she worked at Seabury Hall for 17 years as the school’s first Guidance Counselor and also its Director of Community Service. Susan has a Master’s Degree in Counseling and is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. She received a Graduate Certificate in Public Health as well as a Bachelors Degree in Journalism.

Maui Youth & Family Services has a caring and dedicated team of Program Directors, Coordinators, Managers and Support Staff that includes individuals with backgrounds in Substance Abuse Counseling, Social Work and Marriage and Family Therapy


Maui Youth & Family Services accepts most insurance plans. For those without insurance or unable to pay for services (or for programs that are free to participants), we are proudly funded by the following:

  • Hawaii Department of Education
  • Hawaii Department of Health
  • Hawaii Department of Human Services – Office of Youth Services
  • Hawaii State Judiciary
  • Hawaii Youth Services Network
  • Maui County
  • Maui United Way
  • Private Foundations and Charities
  • Corporate Donors
  • Individual Donors

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