About PTSD Health & Research Center

Who We Are:
The PTSD Health & Research Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) located on the Big Island of Hawaii. Its mission is to educate American Veterans, (and their support systems,) about PTSD and to teach coping skills so that all American Veterans can lead healthy, productive and fulfilling lives with their families and in their communities.

Our vision is to facilitate the restoration of healthy functioning to those who suffer from PTSD and to create a treatment model that can be replicated in any community.


Our secondary goal is to demonstrate through research that innovative interventions, in conjunction with established medical protocols, are effective in treating the psychological, physiological and behavioral issues caused by PTSD.

Help Veterans cope with stressful situations in everyday life.

The PTSD Health & Research Center's program offers Veterans the opportunity to enhance their traditional mental health treatment plan at no additional cost. Through referrals from their primary mental health caregiver, Veterans are able to discover which innovative interventions help decrease their specific PTSD symptoms. Through this discovery process, a skill set is formed which helps each Veteran cope with stressful situations in everyday life. The PTSD Health & Research Center recognizes that each Veteran is on an individual journey. We intend to help Veterans discover what method or combination of methods work best to provide symptomatic relief.
What We Do:
The PTSD Health & Research Center recognizes that it cannot achieve success without assistance and participation from a variety of stakeholders; the Veterans, the Veterans Administration (VA) and the service providers. Our programs are designed to support existing VA treatment for PTSD.

The PTSD Health & Research Center has four main roles:

1) "Network builder" - We develop alliances amongst the stakeholders and with existing agencies that serve Veterans to provide ancillary services that aren't currently offered by the local VAs.

Ancillary services include innovative interventions such as Complementary &  Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies and an assortment of physical activities. Examples are listed in the following table:

Ancillary Services
CAM Therapies
iRest Yoga Nidra
Mindfulness training/Meditation
Relaxation training
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
Pet therapy
Physical Activities
Exercise - Hiking, etc.
Recreational/Bonding experiences - golf
- fishing
 -zip lining
- SUP (stand-up paddle boarding)

2)  Program sponsor - We partner with individuals or agencies to offer programs for Veterans at no out-of-pocket cost to the Veterans.

3) We are an advocate for the combination of innovative interventions with traditional mental health approaches. Service providers who affiliate with the PTSD Health & Research Center must be licensed in their field and practice in accordance with the appropriate Hawaii State regulatory agency.

4) We are a monitoring agent for the quality and efficacy of CAM therapies.

It should be made clear that the PTSD Health & Research Center is in no way "treating" Veterans.

How it Works:
The primary mental health care provider gives each Veteran a specific written referral for a particular intervention. The PTSD Health & Research Center provides payment assistance for interventions that aren't covered by the VA health plan and/or private health insurance coverage.

The PTSD Health & Research Center enters into a service agreement with a service provider who will offer a specific program for Veterans. The PTSD Health & Research Center assists the service provider in developing the program and coordinating with the local VAs and Veteran Centers.
Entry, mid-point and exit self surveys are provided by the PTSD Health & Research Center and administered by each service provider during the course of the program. Confidentiality is secured by each service provider who assigns a random identification to each Veteran.
The PTSD Health & Research Center collects the anonymous self surveys as well as feedback surveys to determine the level of benefit to Veterans, the quality and efficacy of the services received and to evaluate the program as a whole.