Child Protection

Permits the Director of Human Services, rather than the Governor,
to appoint members to the Blueprint Pilot Project, to expand the
size of the committee, and to extend the project through the year
2002. (SD1)

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES                H.B. NO.           H.D. 1
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                S.D. 1
STATE OF HAWAII                                            

                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT



 1      SECTION 1.  Act 302, Session Laws of Hawaii 1996, is amended
 2 by amending section 4 to read as follows:
 3      "SECTION 4.  There is established a child protective
 4 services reform coordinating committee which shall be attached to
 5 the department of human services for administrative purposes
 6 only.  It shall be the duty of the committee to make
 7 recommendations to the public agencies participating in the pilot
 8 project regarding its implementation, which shall include:
 9      (1)  Development of requests for proposals from the
10           community;
11      (2)  Site selection of two neighborhood places, and the
12           development of requests for proposals from the
13           community;
14      (3)  Identification of pilot project goals, including the
15           identification of a schedule and evaluation process;
16      (4)  Development and implementation of systems-change
17           training programs; and
18      (5)  Coordination of financial resources, excluding the use
19           of state funds, that may be necessary to effectuate the
20           pilot project.

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 1 The committee, with the consent of the director of human
 2 services, may seek grants, receive gifts, funds, or donations of
 3 services-in-kind to effectuate the purposes of this Act.  The
 4 child protective services reform coordinating committee shall
 5 consist of [thirteen] at least fifteen members appointed by the
 6 [governor.] director of human services.  The members shall
 7 include:
 8      (1)  The director of human services, or a designated
 9           representative;
10      (2)  The director of health, or a designated representative;
11      (3)  The superintendent of education, or a designated
12           representative;
13      (4)  The executive director of the office of youth services,
14           or a designated representative;
15      (5)  One representative from the family court, who shall be
16           selected from a list of nominees submitted by the chief
17           justice of the supreme court;
18      (6)  One representative from the blueprint for change task
19           force created by Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 89,
20           H.D. 1, as adopted by the legislature during the 1994
21           regular session;
22      (7)  One representative from the Alliance for Health and
23           Human Services;

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 1      (8)  One representative from a community service
 2           organization with experience with child protective or
 3           child welfare services;
 4      (9)  [Three] Five representatives at-large; of which one
 5           person shall be employed at the department of human
 6           services child protective services unit; two persons
 7           shall be line staff of the child protective services
 8           unit, selected by the designated representative of the
 9           applicable collective bargaining unit; and one person
10           shall be from each neighborhood place once the sites
11           have been selected;
12     (10)  One member of the house of representatives, who shall
13           be selected from a list of nominees submitted by the
14           speaker of the house; and
15     (11)  One member of the senate, who shall be selected from a
16           list of nominees submitted by the president of the
17           senate.
18 The [governor shall appoint the] director of human services [as]
19 shall be the chairperson of the committee.  The members of the
20 committee shall serve without compensation and shall be exempt
21 from the requirements of section 26-34, Hawaii Revised Statutes.
22 The committee may adopt [rules] procedures necessary for the
23 purposes of this Act[; provided that such rules shall be exempt

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 1 from the public notice and public hearing requirements of chapter
 2 91, Hawaii Revised Statutes]."
 3      SECTION 2.  Act 302, Session Laws of Hawaii 1996, is amended
 4 by adding a new section to read as follows:
 5      "SECTION 6.  Notwithstanding sections 346-10 and 350-1.4,
 6 Hawaii Revised Statutes, the department of human services may
 7 share information with the neighborhood places; provided that the
 8 shared information shall remain confidential in accordance with
 9 section 350-1.4, Hawaii Revised Statutes."
10      SECTION 3.  Act 302, Session Laws of Hawaii 1996, is amended
11 by amending section 6 to read as follows:
12      "SECTION [6.] 7.  The child protective services reform
13 coordinating committee shall[:
14      (1)  Submit progress reports regarding the pilot project to
15           the legislature on a semi-annual basis; provided that
16           copies of the report shall be made available to
17           interested community groups; and
18      (2)  Submit a] submit an annual progress report regarding
19           the pilot project including legislative recommendations
20           [not] no later than twenty days prior to the convening
21           of the [1997, 1998, and 1999] 2000, 2001, and 2002
22           regular sessions[.]; provided that copies of the
23           reports shall be made available to interested community
24           groups."

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 1      SECTION 4.  Act 302, Session Laws of Hawaii 1996, is amended
 2 by amending section 7 to read as follows:
 3      "SECTION [7.] 8.  This Act shall take effect on July 1,
 4 1996, and shall be repealed on June 30, [1999.] 2002."
 5      SECTION 5.  Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed.
 6 New statutory material is underscored.
 7      SECTION 6.  This Act shall take effect on June 29, 1999.