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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.C.R. NO.            H.D. 1
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                     HOUSE CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION

REQUESTING A COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS OF PREVENTION AND EARLY
   INTERVENTION SERVICES.



 1       WHEREAS, a Rand Study released in April of 1998 proved that
 2   quality, early intervention and education programs can improve
 3   a child's academic achievement and can reduce the likelihood
 4   that the child will grow up to lead a life of crime; and
 5   
 6       WHEREAS, for every dollar invested in education, care, and
 7   early intervention services for children from birth to five
 8   years of age, it is estimated that $7 in later remediation and
 9   special education services may be saved; and
10   
11       WHEREAS, to guide legislative decision-making, social and
12   fiscal policy determinations affecting the allocation of human
13   and financial resources need to be periodically examined and
14   measured for effectiveness; and
15   
16       WHEREAS, comprehensive longitudinal studies assessing the
17   effectiveness and desired outcomes of services provided by the
18   Departments of Health and Human Services are either lacking or
19   too limited in scope; now, therefore,
20   
21       BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
22   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
23   of 1999, the Senate concurring, that the Legislative Auditor is
24   requested to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of prevention and
25   early intervention services; and
26   
27       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the analysis compare the costs
28   of prevention and early intervention services with the costs of
29   treatment and remediation services; and
30   
31       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislative Auditor
32   determine the effectiveness of existing social and financial
33   policies concerning prevention and early intervention services;
34   and
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 1       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that results of the data be used to:
 2   
 3       (1)  Create better policymaking;
 4   
 5       (2)  Establish funding priorities; and
 6   
 7       (3)  Develop outcome indicators and benchmarking;
 8   
 9   and
10   
11       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Auditor, the Department of
12   Education (DOE), the Department of Health (DOH), the Department
13   of Human Services (DHS), and the Legislature are encouraged to
14   seek additional federal and foundation funds to support
15   research on prevention and early intervention services; and
16   
17       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that DOE, DOH, and DHS define and
18   identify the State's "prevention" and "early intervention"
19   services; and
20   
21       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislative Auditor work
22   collaboratively with DOH; DHS; DOE; the Department of Budget
23   and Finance; the University of Hawaii; Kid's Watch; Hawaii
24   Kid's Count; and the Children's Budget Project; and
25   
26       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislative Auditor report
27   findings and recommendations to the Legislature no later than
28   twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of
29   2000; and
30   
31       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
32   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Legislative
33   Auditor, the Directors of Health, Human Services, Education,
34   and Finance, the President of the University of Hawaii, and the
35   Executive Directors of the Children's Budget Project, Hawaii
36   Kid's Count, and Kid's Watch.