THE SENATE                           S.C.R. NO.            60
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                    SENATE  CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION

  REQUESTING THE AUDITOR TO ASSESS THE SOCIAL AND FINANCIAL
    EFFECTS OF EXPANDING THE DEFINITION OF CERTIFIED SUBSTANCE
    ABUSE STAFF TO INCLUDE PSYCHOLOGISTS CERTIFIED BY THE
    AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION COLLEGE OF PROFESSIONAL
    PSYCHOLOGY IN THE TREATMENT OF ALCOHOL AND OTHER
    PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS.



 1        WHEREAS, substance abuse treatment refers to a broad range
 2   of services, including identification, intervention,
 3   assessment, diagnosis, counseling, medical services,
 4   psychiatric services, psychological services, social services
 5   and follow-up services for persons with substance abuse
 6   problems; and
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 8        WHEREAS, the overall goal of treatment is to reduce or
 9   eliminate the use of alcohol and/or drugs as a contributing
10   factor to physical, psychological, and social dysfunction and
11   to arrest, retard, or reverse the progress of any associated
12   problems; and
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14        WHEREAS, the competence and experience of workers who deal
15   with substance abuse treatment is an integral aspect of the
16   effectiveness of substance abuse treatment programs; and
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18        WHEREAS, psychologists who hold a current specialty
19   certificate in substance abuse treatment from the American
20   Psychological Association College of Professional Psychology
21   have the training and expertise to provide sound treatment
22   services for substance abusers; and
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24        WHEREAS, under current law, a state licensed psychologist
25   must be certified as a substance abuse counselor by the
26   Department of Health to qualify for payments under medical and
27   health insurance; and
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29        WHEREAS, the requirements of certification from the
30   Department of Health are equivalent to the certification
31   requirements of the American Psychological Association College
32   of Professional Psychology; and

 
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 2        WHEREAS, pursuant to section 23-51, Hawaii Revised
 3   Statutes, before any legislative measure that mandates health
 4   insurance coverage for specific health services, specific
 5   diseases, or certain providers of health care services as part
 6   of individual or group health insurance policies, can be
 7   considered, the Auditor must assess both the social and
 8   financial effects of the proposed mandated coverage; now,
 9   therefore,
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11        BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twentieth Legislature
12   of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 1999, the House of
13   Representatives concurring, that the Auditor is requested to
14   prepare and submit to the Legislature a report that assesses
15   both the social and financial effects of including
16   psychologists who:
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18        (1)  Are not certified by the Department of Health as a
19             substance abuse counselor; but
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21        (2)  Hold a current certification from the American
22             Psychological Association College of Professional
23             Psychology in the treatment of alcohol and other
24             psychoactive substance abuse disorders
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26   within the definition of certified substance abuse staff in
27   section 431M-1, Hawaii Revised Statutes; and
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29        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Auditor is requested to
30   submit its findings and recommendations no later than twenty
31   days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 2000; and
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33        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a certified copy of this
34   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Auditor.
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