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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.C.R. NO.            
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
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                     HOUSE CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION
REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES TO CONDUCT A STUDY ON
   EXISTING GROUP LIVING FACILITIES.



 1       WHEREAS, group living facilities are facilities that are
 2   used to provide living accommodations and, in some cases, care
 3   services; and
 4   
 5       WHEREAS, group living facilities include:
 6   
 7       (1)  Facilities that are used to provide living
 8            accommodations and care services under a residential
 9            setting to individuals who are handicapped, aged,
10            disabled, or undergoing rehabilitation, and are
11            typically identified as group homes, halfway homes,
12            homes for children, the elderly, battered children and
13            adults, recovery homes, independent group living
14            facilities, hospices, and other similar facilities;
15   
16       (2)  Facilities that provide services, including hospital
17            care, and are typically identified as convalescent
18            homes, nursing homes, sanitariums, intermediate-care
19            or extended-care facilities, and other similar
20            facilities; and
21   
22       (3)  Living facilities with accommodations for more than
23            five resident individuals, except those meeting the
24            definition of family;
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26   and
27   
28       WHEREAS, for purposes of this Concurrent Resolution,
29   "family" means:
30   
31       (1)  One or more persons, all related by blood, adoption,
32            or marriage, who occupy a dwelling or lodging unit;
33   
34       (2)  No more than five unrelated persons who occupy a
35            dwelling or lodging unit; or
36   
37       (3)  Eight or fewer persons, who reside in an adult
38            residential care home, a special treatment facility,
39            or other similar facility, not including resident

 
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 1            managers or supervisors in the count, monitored or
 2            licensed by the State;
 3   
 4   and
 5   
 6       WHEREAS, group living facilities are an important and
 7   necessary service for a number of Hawaii's citizens; and
 8   
 9       WHEREAS, group living facilities continue to proliferate
10   throughout the State to meet the needs of Hawaii's citizens;
11   and
12   
13       WHEREAS, it is therefore essential to ensure that group
14   living facilities are integrated into their respective
15   neighborhoods and communities on an orderly basis so as to
16   provide balance; now, therefore,
17   
18       BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
19   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
20   of 1999, the Senate concurring, that the Department of Human
21   Services is requested to conduct a study to determine the
22   number, location, status, and needs of all existing group
23   living facilities, as described above, and whether any two
24   group living facilities are within 1,000 feet of each other;
25   and
26   
27       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Department of Human
28   Services is requested to report its findings to the Legislature
29   no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular
30   Session of 2000; and
31   
32       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a certified copy of this
33   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Director of Human
34   Services.
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