STAND. COM. REP. NO.927-02
RE: S.B. No. 2498
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Human Services and Housing and Health, to which was referred S.B. No. 2498, S.D. 2, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO SOCIAL WORK,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to further regulate the practice of social work to protect the welfare of Hawaii's citizens by:
(1) Creating three tiers of licensing for social workers;
(2) Amending the current law to reflect the updated terminology and scope of practice;
(3) Exempting certain individuals from licensure;
(4) Updating the licensing requirements by detailing education and experience requirements;
(5) Updating the examination for license requirements; and
(6) Repealing the sunset date on social workers' authority to perform clinical diagnosis or psychotherapy.
The National Association of Social Workers, Hawaii Chapter, Hawaii Youth Services Network, Clinical Social Work Society of Hawaii, and several concerned individuals testified in support of this measure. The Hawaii Nurses' Association supported the intent of this measure. The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs submitted comments.
Your Committees recognize that social workers play an important role in society by providing necessary mental health and substance abuse services.
Your Committees have amended this bill by deleting its substance except for the sunset provision.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Human Services and Housing and Health that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2498, S.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2498, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Human Services and Housing and Health,
DENNIS A. ARAKAKI, Chair
MICHAEL P. KAHIKINA, Chair