STAND. COM. REP. NO.819-02
RE: S.B. No. 2591
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 S.B. No. 2591, S.D. 2, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO HANA COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to assist the Hana community on Maui by:
(1) Appropriating funds for a grant-in-aid to the Hana Community Health Center (Center); and
(2) Establishing a one-year pilot project within the Center to provide services to Felix-class children in the area.
Several members of the Maui County Council submitted testimony in support of this measure. The Center and several individuals testified in support of this measure with amendments. The Department of Health submitted comments.
Your Committee finds that the Center is the only health care provider in the Hana district. Recently, the Center was awarded a grant to provide, among other services, behavioral health services. Hana has a relatively high rate of students, approximately 25 percent, who qualify for services under the Felix consent decree.
Most of the testimony submitted supported the appropriation of funds to the Center, but opposed portions of the measure related to the establishment of the pilot project. Your Committee recognizes the importance of appropriating funds to the Center, but does not believe that a pilot project is necessary at this time.
Accordingly, your Committee has amended this bill by:
(1) Removing all references to the establishment of the pilot project;
(2) Changing the effective date to July 1, 2002; and
(3) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for purposes of clarity and style.
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 S.B. No. 2591, S.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2591,
S.D. 2, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Finance.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Health,
DENNIS A. ARAKAKI, Chair