STAND. COM. REP. NO.177-02
RE: H.B. No. 2055
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Health, to which was referred H.B. No. 2055 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO SOCIAL WORK,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to repeal the sunset date on Act 229, Session Laws of Hawaii (SLH) 2001, which expanded the scope of practice of social workers.
The Department of Human Services, Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, National Association of Social Workers, and several social workers testified in support of this measure.
Act 229, SLH 2001, allowed social workers to perform psychotherapy and clinical diagnosis. Your Committee finds that there was no opposing testimony, and that the supporting testimony included representation from all affected agencies. Your Committee believes that social workers should continue to be authorized to practice psychotherapy and clinical diagnosis.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Health that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2055 and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Health,
DENNIS A. ARAKAKI, Chair