In February 2003, the Kauaʻi County Council unanimously adopted Resolution No. 2003-14, supporting the late Mayor Bryan J. 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 Kauaʻi in 2012.
Life's Choices Kauaʻi's Community Drug Response Plan includes a five-year collective vision for our community to:
- Promote excellent communication and coordination, and eliminate the substance abuse problem and its negative consequences on the island.
- Engage and empower the community to promote positive outcomes in their life's choices.
- Educate the public, rehabilitate substance abusers, and prosecute drug offenders in an effort to reduce crime and enhance the quality of life for the people of Kauaʻi and Niʻihau.
- Develop local access to affordable, effective drug treatment and support that offers hope for a successful and productive life.
Life's Choices Kauaʻi 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 committees: Drug Action Team, Prevention, Enforcement, and Treatment & Community Integration. These volunteers are professionals from government, business, non-profit, and faith-based organizations.