Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                     , 1999

                                   RE:  H.B. No. 328
                                        H.D. 1
                                        S.D. 2

Honorable Norman Mizuguchi
President of the Senate
Twentieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 1999
State of Hawaii


     Your Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection, to which
was referred H.B. No. 328, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, entitled: 


begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this measure is to expand the group of
physicians qualified to provide substance abuse services as part
of a treatment plan for alcohol or drug dependence. 

     Chapter 431, Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS), requires health
plan hospital and medical benefits to include treatment services
for mental illness, alcohol dependence, and drug dependence.
Substance abuse services must be provided by certified substance
abuse staff which currently includes professionals and
paraprofessionals with current full certification as substance
abuse counselors or program administrators under chapter 321,
HRS, and physicians holding a current American Society of
Addiction Medicine certificate.  

     This measure would expand the definition of "certified
substance abuse staff" to include physicians who are board
certified in psychiatry and who have additional qualifications in
addiction psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and

     Your Committee has amended this measure by replacing its
contents with the contents of a similar measure, S.B. No. 134,

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S.D. 1, H.D. 1.  As amended, this measure provides that the term
"certified substance abuse staff" includes physicians who are
"board certified in addiction psychiatry", rather than "board
certified in psychiatry with added qualifications in addiction
psychiatry conferred by the American Board of Psychiatry and

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection that is attached to
this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and
purpose of H.B. No. 328, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and
recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto
as H.B. No. 328, H.D. 1, S.D. 2.

                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committee on Commerce and
                                   Consumer Protection,

                                   BRIAN KANNO, Co-Chair

                                   BRIAN T. TANIGUCHI, Co-Chair

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