THE SENATE                           S.C.R. NO.            78
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                    SENATE  CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION

  SUPPORTING THE CARING...FOR LIFE FOUNDATION AS THE COORDINATING
    AGENCY FOR A PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP TO ACT AS A SINGLE
    ENTITY TO COORDINATE COMPONENTS OF A LONG-TERM CARE
    SYSTEM.
  


 1        WHEREAS, the Hawaii Long-Term Care Reform Task Force (task
 2   force), composed of private organizations concerned with long-
 3   term care in Hawaii, submitted a final report to the
 4   Legislature on June 30, 1997, pursuant to Senate Concurrent
 5   Resolution No. 121, 1995; and
 6   
 7        WHEREAS, the task force had the mission to study,
 8   evaluate, and understand the issues and problems of long-term
 9   care for the elderly; and
10   
11        WHEREAS, the primary recommendation of the task force was
12   that "A single entity be established and empowered with the
13   necessary authority to coordinate all present and future
14   components of a long-term care system into a functional,
15   affordable, accessible system serving persons who need long-
16   term care"; and
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18        WHEREAS, private sector organizations such as the
19   Caring...for Life Foundation, Harry and Jeanette Weinberg
20   Foundation, Queen's Health System, Hawaii Medical Service
21   Association, Kapiolani HealthHawaii, and others have expressed
22   their interest and support of the primary recommendation of the
23   task force; and
24   
25        WHEREAS, the Caring...for Life Foundation spearheaded the
26   task force and authored the final report of the task force; and 
27   
28        WHEREAS, the work of the task force is not complete until
29   its recommendations can be implemented through the
30   establishment of a public-private partnership to act as a
31   single entity to:
32   
33        (1)  Plan, organize, administer, and monitor long-term
34             care services, from entry through closure;
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 1        (2)  Refine, adapt, and utilize case management principles
 2             and practices appropriate to the needs of individuals
 3             in home- and community-based care or in institutional
 4             care; 
 5   
 6        (3)  Design and implement programs for public awareness
 7             and education on long-term care;
 8   
 9        (4)  Recommend statutory revisions and amendments to
10             administrative rules to minimize barriers to service
11             providers, family caregivers, and construction of
12             needed facilities;
13   
14        (5)  Evaluate financing for long-term care; and
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16        (6)  Work toward the permanent establishment of an
17             integrated long-term care system through a public-
18             private partnership;
19   
20   now, therefore,
21   
22        BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twentieth Legislature
23   of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 1999, the House of
24   Representatives concurring, that the Twentieth Legislature
25   strongly supports the Caring...for Life Foundation as the
26   coordinating agency to form a public-private partnership to act
27   as the single entity in accordance with the recommendations of
28   the task force as contained in its final report; and
29   
30        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the public-private partnership
31   include, but not be limited to, representatives of the
32   Department of Health, Department of Human Services, Department
33   of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, University of Hawaii,
34   agencies on aging for each county, Harry and Jeanette Weinberg
35   Foundation, Queen's Health System, Hawaii Medical Service
36   Association, and Kapiolani HealthHawaii; and
37   
38        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the public-private partnership
39   serve as the framemwork for establishing a long-term care
40   system for Hawaii, including the elements of the environment,
41   education, funding, consumer safeguards, caregivers, service
42   providers, and technology; and
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 1        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Caring...for Life
 2   Foundation make a progress report to the Legislature no later
 3   than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session
 4   of 2000, and a final report no later than twenty days prior to
 5   the convening of the Regular Session of 2001; and
 6   
 7        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
 8   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Caring...for Life
 9   Foundation, Department of Health, Department of Human Services,
10   Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, University of
11   Hawaii, agencies for aging in each county, Harry and Jeanette
12   Weinberg Foundation, Queen's Health System, Hawaii Medical
13   Service Association, and Kapiolani HealthHawaii.
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