In February 2003, the Kauai County Council unanimously adopted Resolution No. 2003-14, supporting the late Mayor Bryan Baptiste’s community-based efforts to deal with the island-wide drug problem. Shortly thereafter, the County hired its first program coordinator and created the Anti-Drug Program under the Mayor’s Office to educate the community, coordinate resources, secure funding, and oversee the development of a Community Drug Response Plan. The Anti-Drug Program was renamed Life’s Choices Kauai in 2012.
Life's Choices Kauai's Community Drug Plan (link to plan) includes a five-year collective vision for our community to:
- Engage and empower Kauai’s residents to make the choice to be drug-free
- Develop local access to affordable, effective drug treatment and support that offers hope for a happy, productive life without drugs
- Unite the community to resist drug use, provide caring treatment and support for those affected by drug use, and support enforcement to reduce drug related crimes.
The mission of Life's Choices Kauai is to prevent drug and alcohol abuse and addiction on Kauai; support the enforcement of Kauai, state and federal laws dealing with drug and alcohol abuse; provide drug and alcohol treatment resources for those in need; and help rehabilitated residents rejoin the Kauai community as successful citizens. Life's Choices Kauai is overseen by Coordinator Theresa Koki.
Life's Choices Kauai brings together community resources and service providers to combat and prevent substance abuse, build stronger families, and foster a healthier community. The Coordinator works with more than 120 volunteers who serve on four three committees: Drug Action Team, Prevention, Enforcement, Treatment and Community Integration. These volunteers are professionals from government, business, non-profit, and faith-based organizations.