SENATE FLOOR AMENDMENT


FLOOR AMENDMENT NO. 10                   DATE: March 9, 1999     

TO:  S.B. No. 175, S.D. 2



     Senate Bill No. 175, S.D. 2, is amended as follows:

     1.  By adding Parts XI to XX, consisting of Sections 38 to
74 to read as follows.

                            "PART XI

     SECTION 38.  The legislature finds that child abuse and
neglect are a root cause of many serious social problems,
including emotional and mental health problems, alcohol and drug
abuse and addiction, delinquency, and crime.  Child abuse
continues to escalate with fifteen thousand reports and over five
thousand cases investigated annually in Hawaii.  The most severe
cases continue to be among the youngest, most vulnerable
children.
     During the interim of the regular session of 1998, child
protection legislative roundtable discussions were convened to
suggest statutory, guideline, rule, regulation, and other changes
to improve Hawaii's child protective system.  Legislators, the
departments of human services, health, and the attorney general,
the judiciary, private nonprofit child and family serving
agencies, and concerned individuals communicated and collaborated
with one another, on behalf of abused and neglected children and
their families, to develop formal and informal mechanisms for
working together.
     As a coordinated response to prevent and treat child abuse,
the roundtable cohesively suggested the following areas be
strengthened:
     (1)  A medical case management system for the medical
          oversight of children in the child protective services
          system;
     (2)  Standards for guardians ad litem charged to protect the
          best interests of the child;
     (3)  Mandated training for foster parents of licensed foster
          homes;
     (4)  Protective custody of a child without court order; and
     (5)  Required reporting of child abuse and neglect.
     The purpose of this part is to improve Hawaii's child
protection system.

     SECTION 39.  Chapter 587, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated
and to read as follows:
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     "587-    Medical and health case management.  (a)  There is
established a medical and health case management system in the
department of human services for the purpose of managing medical
and health needs of children in the foster care system.
     (b)  The medical and health case management system shall:
     (1)  Establish a system of services providing timely medical
          and health information to key providers of care to
          foster children and identify a health care manager for
          consistent follow-up to ensure that medical and health
          needs are met;
     (2)  Maintain a system of continuity of care for the medical
          and health needs of children in the foster care system;
     (3)  Maximize existing resources in the provision of medical
          and health services to foster children; and
     (4)  Research the enhancement of federal reimbursement for
          care coordination services provided to foster children
          from birth to age twenty."

     SECTION 40.  Section 346-17, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
amended to read as follows:

     "346-17  Child placing organizations, child caring
institutions, and foster boarding homes; authority over and
investigation of.  No child placing organization shall engage in
the investigation, placement, and supervision of minor children
in foster care unless it meets with the standards of conditions,
management, and competence as set by the department [of human
services].
     No child caring institution shall be allowed to receive
minor children for care and maintenance unless it meets with the
standards of conditions, management, and competence to care for
and train children as set by the department.
     No foster boarding home shall receive for care and
maintenance any child unless it meets with the standards of
conditions, management, and competence as set by the
department[.] and the foster boarding home applicants
successfully complete foster parent training.
     The department shall [make] adopt rules relating to:
     (1)  [standards] Standards for the organization and
          administration of child placing organizations[,];
     (2)  [standards] Standards of conditions, management, and
          competence for the care and training of minor children
          in child caring institutions[,] and foster boarding
          homes; and
     (3)  [standards] Standards of conditions and competence of
          operation of foster boarding homes as may be necessary
          to protect the welfare of children.
     All rules of the department shall have the force and effect
of law, and any violation thereof or of this section shall be
punishable by a fine of not more than $200.
     As a condition for a certificate of approval, any
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organization, institution, or home shall meet the standards to
assure the reputable and responsible character of its operators
and employees by complying with the requirements of a criminal
history record check under section 346-19.6.
     Upon approval of any such organization, institution, or
home, the department or its authorized agents shall issue a
certificate of approval [which] that shall continue in force for
one year or for two years if the organization, institution, or
home meets the criteria established by the department, unless
sooner revoked for cause.  The certificate shall be renewed by
the department or its authorized agents, after annual or biennial
investigation, if the investigation discloses that the
organization, institution, or home continues to meet with the
standards set by the department.  The certificate of approval
shall be a permit to operate the child placing organization,
child caring institution, or foster boarding home, and no person
or organization shall operate or maintain such organization,
institution, or home without the certificate.
     Any child placing organization, child caring institution, or
foster boarding home shall be subject to investigation at any
time and in such manner, place, and form as may be prescribed by
the department or its authorized agents."

     SECTION 41.  Section 350-2, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
amended to read as follows:

     "350-2  Action on reporting.  (a)  Upon receiving a report
concerning child abuse or neglect, the department shall proceed
pursuant to chapter 587 and the department's rules.
     (b)  The department shall inform the appropriate police
department or office of the prosecuting attorney of all reports
received by the department concerning a case of child abuse or
neglect, including reports received under section 350-1.1;
provided that the name of a reporter, who requested that the
reporter's name be confidential, shall be released to a police
department or an office of the prosecuting attorney pursuant only
to court order.
     [(b)] (c)  The department shall inform the appropriate
police department or office of the prosecuting attorney of the
relevant information concerning a case of child abuse or neglect
when [such] the information is required by the police department
or the office of the prosecuting attorney for the investigation
or prosecution of that case; provided that the name of a
reporter, who requested that the reporter's name be confidential,
shall only be released to a police department or an office of the
prosecuting attorney pursuant to court order.
     [(c)] (d)  The department shall maintain a central registry
of reported child abuse or neglect cases and shall promptly
expunge the reports in cases if:
     (1)  The department has found the reports to be
          unsubstantiated; or
     (2)  The petition arising from the report has been dismissed
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          by order of the family court after an adjudicatory
          hearing on the merits pursuant to chapter 587.
     For purposes of expungement under paragraph (1), a report is
unsubstantiated only when the department has found the
allegations to be frivolous or to have been made in bad faith.
     However, the department may retain records and information
of alleged child abuse and neglect with respect to the child that
is the subject of the alleged abuse.
     The department shall adopt rules as may be necessary in
carrying out this section."

     SECTION 42.  Section 587-22, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
amended by amending subsection (a) to read as follows:

     "(a)  A police officer shall assume protective custody of a
child without a court order and without the consent of the
child's family, regardless of whether the child's family is
absent, if in the discretion of [such] the police officer, the
child is in [such] a circumstance or condition that [the]:
     (1)  The child's continuing in the custody or care of the
          child's family presents a situation of imminent harm to
          the child[.]; or
     (2)  There is evidence that a parent or guardian of a child
          has subjected a child to harm or threatened harm and
          that parent or guardian is likely to flee the
          jurisdiction of the court with the child."

     SECTION 43.  Section 587-34, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
amended as follows:

     "587-34  Guardian ad litem; court appointed counsel.  (a)
The court shall appoint a guardian ad litem for the child to
serve throughout the pendency of the child protective proceedings
under this chapter.  The court may appoint additional counsel for
the child pursuant to subsection (c) or independent counsel for
any other party if [the]: 
     (1)  The party is an indigent[, counsel];
     (2)  Counsel is necessary to protect the party's interests
          adequately[, and the]; and
     (3)  The interests are not represented adequately by another
          party who is represented by counsel.
     (b)  A guardian ad litem shall:
     (1)  Be allowed access to the child by the caretakers of the
          child whether caretakers are individuals, authorized
          agencies, or health care providers;
     (2)  Have the authority to inspect and receive copies of any
          records, notes, and electronic recordings concerning
          the child that are relevant to the proceedings filed
          under this chapter without the consent of the child or
          individuals and authorized agencies who have control of
          the child; and
     (3)  Be given notice of all hearings and proceedings, civil
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          or criminal, including[,] but not limited to[,] grand
          juries, involving the child and shall protect the best
          interests of the child [therein], unless otherwise
          ordered by the court.
     (c)  A guardian ad litem appointed pursuant to subsection
(a) shall report to the court and all parties in writing at six
month intervals, or as is otherwise ordered by the court,
regarding [such] the guardian ad litem's activities on behalf of
the child and recommendations concerning the manner in which the
court should proceed in the best interests of the child; provided
that [such] the guardian ad litem shall make face to face contact
with the child in the child's family or foster home at least once
every three months.  A guardian ad litem shall inform the court
of the child's perceived interests if they differ from those
being advocated by the child's guardian ad litem.  If the child
and the child's guardian ad litem are not in agreement, the court
shall evaluate the necessity for appointing special counsel for
the child to serve as the child's legal advocate concerning
[such] issues and during [such] proceedings [as] that the court
deems to be in the best interests of the child.
     (d)  [When] If the court determines, after [such] any
hearing [as] that the court deems [to be] appropriate, that a
party is incapable of comprehending the legal significance of the
issues or the nature of the child protective proceedings, the
court may appoint a guardian ad litem to represent the interests
of that party; provided that a guardian ad litem appointed
pursuant to this section shall investigate and report to the
court in writing at six month intervals, or as is otherwise
ordered by the court, regarding the current status of the party's
disability, including[,] but not limited to[,] a recommendation
as to available treatment, if any, for the disability and a
recommendation concerning the manner in which the court should
proceed in order to best protect the interests of the party in
conjunction with the court's determination as to the best
interests of the child.
     (e)  A guardian ad litem or counsel appointed pursuant to
this section for the child or other party may be paid [for] by
the court, unless the party for whom counsel is appointed has an
independent estate sufficient to pay [such] the costs.  The court
may order the appropriate parties to pay or reimburse the costs
and fees of the guardian ad litem and other counsel appointed for
the child.
     (f)  No guardian ad litem shall be appointed to represent
any child unless the guardian ad litem has successfully completed
guardian ad litem training or has equivalent experience as
determined by the senior family court judge.
     The judiciary shall issue orders or rules relating to
standards of training and practice for the representation of
minor children by a guardian ad litem.
     All orders or rules of the judiciary shall have the force
and effect of law, and any violation of the orders or rules or of
this section shall be punishable by a fine of not more than
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$200."

     SECTION 44.  Section 587-72, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
amended by amending subsection (c) to read as follows:

     "(c)  Upon each review hearing, the court shall consider
fully all relevant prior and current information pertaining to
the safe family home guidelines, as set forth in section 587-25,
including but not limited to[,] the report submitted pursuant to
section 587-40, and:
     (1)  Determine whether the child's family is presently
          willing and able to provide the child with a safe
          family home without the assistance of a service plan
          and, if so, the court shall terminate jurisdiction;
     (2)  Determine whether the child's family is presently
          willing and able to provide the child with a safe
          family home with the assistance of a service plan and,
          if so, the court shall return the child or continue the
          placement of the child in the child's family home under
          the family supervision of the appropriate authorized
          agency;
     (3)  If the child's family home is determined, pursuant to
          subsection (c)(2), not to be safe, even with the
          assistance of a service plan, order that the child
          remain or be placed under the foster custody of the
          appropriate authorized agency; if the child has been
          residing without the family home for a period of twelve
          months or if there has been a [court ordered] court-
          ordered service plan for a period of one year, the
          court [may] shall set the case for a show cause hearing
          at which the child's family shall have the burden of
          presenting evidence to the court regarding the reasons
          and considerations [as] that the family has to offer as
          to why the case should not be set for a permanent plan
          hearing.  Upon a show cause hearing that the court
          deems to be appropriate, the court shall consider the
          criteria set forth in section 587-73(a)(1), (2), and
          (4)[,] or section 587-73(e), and:
          (A)  Set the case for a permanent plan hearing and
               order that the authorized agency submit a report
               pursuant to section 587-40; or
          (B)  Proceed pursuant to this section;
     (4)  Determine whether the parties have complied with,
          performed, and completed every term and condition of
          the service plan that was previously court ordered;
     (5)  Order revisions to the existing service plan, after
          satisfying section 587-71(h), [as] that the court, upon
          a hearing that the court deems to be appropriate,
          determines to be in the best interests of the child;
          provided that a copy of the revised service plan shall
          be incorporated as part of the order;
     (6)  Enter further orders [as] that the court deems to be in
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          the best interests of the child; and
     (7)  Determine whether aggravated circumstances are present
          and, if so, the court shall set the case for a show
          cause hearing at which the child's family shall have
          the burden of presenting evidence to the court
          regarding the reasons and considerations as to why the
          case should not be set for a permanent plan hearing."

     SECTION 45.  If any provision of this Part, or the
application thereof to any person or circumstance is held
invalid, the invalidity does not affect other provisions or
applications of the Act which can be given effect without the
invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions
of this Part are severable.

     SECTION 46.  The penalty established in section 6 of this
Part shall not apply to any violation under section 587-34 that
occurs before the effective date of this Act.

                            PART XII

     SECTION 47.  The legislature finds that recent neuroscience
research demonstrates that the early years of a child are most
crucial in a child's cognitive, emotional, social, and physical
development, and affirmed that there are tremendous opportunities
for preventive work with children and families as well as the
predictable, costly consequences of not doing so.  The
legislature further finds that quality early childhood education
and child care which supports all aspects of early development by
parents and care givers in a variety of settings, including child
care centers, family child care, and in the homes of families and
friends, is crucial to ensuring that every young child has a good
beginning and does not lose the potential with which the child
was born.
     The legislature adopted House Concurrent Resolution No. 38,
1998, which endorsed six desired child outcomes as state policy,
and encouraged private and public agencies serving children to
utilize these outcomes as a basis for policy and program
development.  This common set of outcomes focuses action and
accountability toward achieving positive results by improving the
qualify of life of children and youth, and establishing
indicators to measure progress in achieving these outcomes.
These six child outcomes are:
     (1)  Every child will thrive physically--to be healthy from
          birth with ongoing access to good health care, and have
          a safe home, school, and community environment;
     (2)  Every child will form positive relationships--to have
          the attention of at least one caring adult and
          supportive friendship with peers;
     (3)  Every child will be prepared for and succeed in
          school--to have developmentally nurturing care and
          early education opportunities, meet age appropriate
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          knowledge and competencies, and graduate from high
          school;
     (4)  Every child will be culturally aware and appreciative
          of diversity;
     (5)  Every child and youth will choose responsible
          behaviors--to exhibit respect for oneself, others of
          every age, and society by refraining from drug use and
          from sexual and illegal activity; and
     (6)  Every youth will develop marketable skills enabling a
          successful transition into adulthood.
     The legislature finds that as public and private agencies
address the third outcome, many facets of the early childhood
system are affected.  These fall into the areas of health,
education, and social services that overlap to support the family
and the child.
     The legislature further finds that additional funding in
selected programs targeting key populations, strategically linked
together at the local level, can significantly enhance the
State's capacity to achieve these outcomes, as well as leverage
additional federal and private dollars.
     The purpose of this part is to:
     (1)  Address a variety of these facets to improve the
          affordability, accessibility, and quality of early
          childhood services; and
     (2)  Provide coordination to the early childhood system.

                            PART XIII

     SECTION 48.  The legislature finds that one way to improve
Hawaii's performance on the first, second, and third outcomes is
to increase the supply and quality of child care.  One indicator
of increased supply and quality of care is an increase in the
number of providers receiving licenses or accreditation.  One
strategy to increase licensing and accreditation is to help
providers overcome the financial obstacles to starting or
expanding their child care business.
     The purpose of this part is to establish a child care
facilities revolving loan fund to provide start-up or expansion
capital to family child care homes and centers that are licensed
or are seeking a license.

     SECTION 49.  Chapter 346, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
amended by adding a new section to part VIII to be appropriately
designated and to read as follows:

     "346-     Child care facilities grant fund.  (a)  There is
established a grant fund to be known as the child care facilities
grant fund to be administered by the department.  The purpose of
the fund shall be to make grants, each not to exceed $25,000, as
start-up capital or as expansion capital for family child care
homes or centers that are appropriately licensed or will become
appropriately licensed.
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     (b)  All moneys appropriated by the legislature for purposes
of subsection (a) shall be deposited into the fund."

     SECTION 50.  There is appropriated out of the general
revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $       , or so much
thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 1999-2000, to be paid
into the child care facilities revolving loan fund established
under section 3 of this Act.

     SECTION 51.  The sum appropriated shall be expended by the
department of human services for the purposes of this Act.

                            PART XIV

     SECTION 52.  The legislature finds that one way to improve
Hawaii's performance on the third outcome is to increase the
ability of working parents to place their children in quality
care.  Many working parents need financial assistance to pay for
the full cost of quality early childhood education and care.
     The purpose of this part is to increase the number of child
care subsidies.

     SECTION 53.  There is appropriated out of the general
revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $         , or so much
thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 1999-2000, and the
sum of $         , or so much thereof as may be necessary for
fiscal year 2000-2001, to increase the number of child care
subsidies, pay administrative expenses, and to provide parent
workshops to recipients of child care subsidies in each county,
as follows:

                                   FY 1999-2000       FY 2000-2001

     City and County of Honolulu     $                   $
     County of Maui                                     
     County of Hawaii                                   
     County of Kauai                                    

provided that:
     (1)  Each county may allocate up to fifteen per cent of the
          sum appropriated for administrative expenses incurred
          in the disbursement of child care subsidies;
     (2)  Subsidies shall be granted to families with incomes up
          to eighty-five per cent of the state median income;
     (3)  The amount of each subsidy shall be based on family
          income on an inverse sliding scale, including a parent
          co-payment; and
     (4)  Receipt of a subsidy shall be contingent on applicant
          families to attend a parent workshop.

     SECTION 54.  The sums appropriated shall be expended by the
appropriate counties for the purposes of this Act.
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                             PART XV

     SECTION 55.  The legislature finds that one way to make
progress towards the outcome that every child will be prepared
for and succeed in school is to increase the number of accredited
child care programs.  An accredited program is acknowledged to be
one that places emphasis on the quality of interactions between
teachers and children, and the developmental appropriateness of
the curriculum.  Health and safety, staffing, staff
qualifications, physical environment, and administration are all
reviewed during the accreditation.
     The legislature further finds that the accreditation
mentoring of early childhood programs provides support for those
interested in seeking accreditation, and develops mentoring and
leadership skills among early childhood professionals.
     The purpose of this part is to expand the accreditation-
mentor project for early childhood programs.

     SECTION 56.  There is appropriated out the general revenues
of the State of Hawaii the sum of $       , or so much thereof as
may be necessary for fiscal year 1999-2000, and the sum of
$       , or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year
2000-2001, to expand and continue the accreditation-mentor
project for early childhood programs, as follows:

                                   FY 1999-2000       FY 2000-2001

     City and County of Honolulu     $                  $
     County of Maui                                     
     County of Kauai                                    
     County of Hawaii                                   

     SECTION 57.  The sums appropriated shall be expended by the
appropriate counties for the purposes of this Act.

                            PART XVI

     SECTION 58.  The legislature finds that public and private
resources are needed to achieve the child outcomes adopted as
state policy in House Concurrent Resolution No. 38, 1998.  Act
77, Session Laws of Hawaii 1997, acknowledged a performance
partnership among government, the business community, the
philanthropic sector, providers of quality care, and parents,
known as the good beginnings alliance.
     The good beginnings alliance has been incorporated as a non-
profit entity that works through four good beginnings county
councils and an interdepartmental council.  The good beginnings
alliance partners work to implement strategies in good beginnings
county plans and in the state early childhood master plan that
support progress towards the child outcomes and key indicators
and benchmarks of those outcomes.
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     In order to continue the development and coordination of
quality early childhood education and care services, the
legislature finds that this public-private partnership requires
public funding to match the private funding acquired to date.
     The purpose of this part is to continue coordination and
implementation of the good beginnings alliance initiative.

     SECTION 59.  There is appropriated out of the general
revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $       , or so much
thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 1999-2000, and the
sum of $       , or so much thereof as may be necessary for
fiscal year 2000-2001, for the coordination and implementation of
the good beginnings alliance initiative, established under
Act 77, Session Laws of Hawaii 1997; provided that funds shall be
matched by private sources for the purpose for which these sums
are appropriated.

     SECTION 60.  The sums appropriated shall be expended by the
department of human services for the purposes of this Act.

                            PART XVII

     SECTION 61.  The legislature finds that support for a
child's healthy and educational development is critical when the
child is very young.  The best place to start is with the
empowerment of parents in their roles as parents and teachers in
the home.
     Families for REAL (resources for early access to learning)
is a school-based family education program of courses and
activities for all families and their children between the ages
of birth and five years.  The program is based on Minnesota's
family education model which has proven to have a positive effect
on parenting and the well-being of children.  It recognizes that
families provide their children's first and most important
learning environments, and that parents are their children's
first and most significant teachers.  Participation by families
is voluntary and services are offered free.
     Parents and their children attend age and developmentally
appropriate classes once a week for nine weeks.  They share and
learn critical parenting and teaching skills, network with each
other, learn about community resources, and become aware of what
they can do to nurture healthy children and to help children to
learn.
     In addition to the program's regular courses, special
interest classes are offered on such topics as stress management,
building strong families, child development, sibling rivalry,
esteem, and language development.
     The legislature further finds that in school year 1997-1998,
three sites, Pearl City Highlands, Kapunahala, and Wailuku
Elementary, provided direct services to 4,077 individuals.  The
long-range plan is to have a total of fourteen sites, one site
per area served by each of the eleven community schools for
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adults plus one site each on the islands of Molokai and Lanai,
and Kona, Hawaii.
     The legislature further finds that this is a cost-effective
program based on the fact that the average cost-per-person served
is $108.  The legislature also finds that the program attracts
families from all socioeconomic backgrounds, that forty to fifty
per cent of the participant families are identified as families
at-risk, and that all the families have much to learn from and
with each other.
     The purpose of this part is to appropriate funds to expand
families for REAL.

     SECTION 62.  There is appropriated out of the general
revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $       , or so much
thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 1999-2000, for the
expansion of families for REAL to Kapalama, King Kamualii, Pearl
Ridge, and Waiakea elementary schools, and the sum of $       ,
or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2000-2001,
for the expansion of families for REAL to four additional school
sites.

     SECTION 63.  The sums appropriated shall be expended by the
department of education for the purposes of this Act.

                           PART XVIII

     SECTION 64.  The legislature finds that in order for every
child to thrive physically and be prepared for and succeed in
school, there needs to be more opportunity for families with at-
risk children to receive infant and child monitoring, screening,
and additional community referrals to meet their needs before
entering public education programs.
     One such opportunity is the keiki/family interactive mobile
units that provide an easily accessible early education and
intervention service to families with children from birth to five
years of age.  The program supports the parent as a child's first
teacher and brings age appropriate activities to neighborhood
parks or other accessible sites, facilitating bonding,
communication skills, normal growth and development, and
cognitive stimulation.  Parent education activities are included
as well.
     The program provides a non-threatening, culturally relevant,
learning environment for at-risk children from birth to five
years of age and their parents through which screening and
appropriate community referrals can be made for health,
nutrition, education, parenting skills, and psychological needs.
     Although these units were contracted to provide direct
service to four hundred individuals during 1997-1998, by the
completion of the year, a total of 1,147 (358 adults and 789
children) were served, demonstrating the need for the program.
Presently, the keiki/family interactive mobile units are offering
services to select areas of need across the State focusing on
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homeless, isolated, or rural families as a priority.  Those
locations are as follows:

     (1)  Island of Kauai:       Koloa;

     (2)  Island of Oahu:        Wahiawa, Makiki, Loliana
                                 Transitional Housing, Maililand
                                 Transitional Housing, and
                                 Weinberg Transitional Housing
                                 Waimanalo;

     (3)  Island of Lanai:       Lanai City;

     (4)  Island of Maui:        Harbor Lights Housing, Malama
                                 Recovery Center, and Lahaina;

     (5)  Island of Hawaii:      Hilo Emergency Shelter, and
                                 Kawaihae Transitional Housing.

     The legislature further finds that an increase in funding
will provide additional families the opportunity to participate
in the keiki/family interactive mobile unit services at the
following sites:

     (1)  Island of Kauai:       Kapaa;

     (2)  Island of Oahu:        Kalihi/Palama/Liliha, Institute
                                 for Human Services, North Shore,
                                 Makaha, Kailua, and Waianae;

     (3)  Island of Maui:        Wailuku;

     (4)  Island of Molokai:     One site;

     (5)  Island of Hawaii:      Pahoa, Hilo, and Kona.

     The legislature further finds that the increase in service
delivery would also provide additional resources for
developmental screening of children as well as community
referrals to identify and meet the needs of at-risk children
before entering the department of education.  Through these added
funds, collaboration with agencies such as the good beginnings
alliance could be increased.
     The purpose of this part is to increase the capacity of the
keiki/family interactive mobile units.

     SECTION 65.  There is appropriated out of the general
revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $       , or so much
thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 1999-2000, and the
sum of $       , or so much thereof as may be necessary for
fiscal year 2000-2001, to increase the capacity of the
keiki/family interactive mobile units.
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     SECTION 66.  The sums appropriated shall be expended by the
department of health for the purposes of this Act.

                            PART XIX

     SECTION 67.  The legislature finds that earning a high
school degree is one of the key factors which can assist teen
parents and their families to become self-sufficient, create
opportunities for themselves and their children, and maximize
their life potential.  The support needed to assist teen parents
to complete high school is cost effective in the long run -- for
every teen who is able to become self-sufficient, over $20,000
annually in welfare benefits are saved.
     The legislature further finds that access to child care is a
systemic barrier that prevents many teen mothers and some teen
fathers who have not completed high school from going to school.
In Hawaii, teen pregnancy affects approximately 1,850 teens age
twelve through eighteen each year, of which over approximately
1,150 result in live births.  It is estimated that up to four
hundred parenting students who have not finished high school may
need assistance with child care.
     The purpose of this part is to provide child care for
parenting teens so they may complete high school and pursue
vocational training.

     SECTION 68.  There is appropriated out of the general
revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $         , or so much
thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 1999-2000, and the
sum of $          , or so much thereof as may be necessary for
fiscal year 2000-2001, for child care for parenting teens.

     SECTION 69.  The sums appropriated shall be expended by the
department of education for the purposes of this Act.

                             PART XX

     SECTION 70.  There is a national effort for child care
providers both in family-care settings and center-based settings
to be minimally qualified to work with children from birth
through age five.  Caregivers must demonstrate their ability to
nurture children's physical, social, emotional, and intellectual
growth in a child development framework.  The proof of their
competence is the child development associate credential.
     The legislature finds that approximately one hundred
individuals are estimated to need financial assistance in
obtaining their child development associate credential.  Current
cost for the application packet and assessment for credentialing
is $350 per person.  This is a minimal cost as there may be other
requirements that must be met, depending on the applicant's
readiness, training, and experience.
     The purpose of this part is to subsidize the cost of
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obtaining a child development associate credential.

     SECTION 71.  There is appropriated out of the general
revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $      , or so much
thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 1999-2000, and the
sum of $      , or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal
year 2000-2001, to provide financial assistance in attaining a
child development associate credential.

     SECTION 72.  The sums appropriated shall be expended by the
department of human services for the purposes of the Act.

     SECTION 73.  If any provision of this Act, or the
application thereof to any person or circumstance is held
invalid, the invalidity does not affect other provisions or
applications of the Act which can be given effect without the
invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions
of this Act are severable.

     SECTION 74.  Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed.
New statutory material is underscored."

     2.  By redesignating Section 38 as Section 75.



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                                       (    ) Failed to Carry

                                       (    ) Withdrawn