STAND. COM. REP. NO.2140
RE: S.B. No. 2591
Honorable Robert Bunda
President of the Senate
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Health and Human Services, to which was referred S.B. No. 2591 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO HANA COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure, as received, is to appropriate $1,200,000 to the Hana Community for the pilot project within the Hana Community Health Center to provide case managers and service delivery for all recipients under the Felix Consent Decree in the Hana public schools and to further support the current services provided to the community.
Testimony in support of this measure was received from three members of the Maui County Council, Hana Community Health Center, and a private citizen. Testimony in opposition to this measure was received from the Department of Health.
Your Committee finds that there is a great deal of support for this measure. Although no written testimony was submitted, members of Hana High and Elementary School, Hawaiian scholars, providers of services, and private citizens flew to Oahu to testify before this Committee on the importance of this measure. Your Committee further finds that this measure which has Hana Community Health Center providing case management and other related health services for children with special needs would be a natural extension of the health initiative and other services currently provided by Hana Community Health Center.
Upon further consideration, your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Deleting sections 2, 3, and 4, which provided for general obligation bonds to be issued for the purpose of constructing a senior center;
(2) Appropriating $810,000 as a grant-in-aid to Hana Community Health Center for general operational costs;
(3) Establishing a one-year pilot project for the delivery of case management and other health related services through a collaborative community process to children who attend Hana High and Elementary School and are covered under Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. Section 794);
(4) Adding a purpose section to clarify why the pilot project is being done, and that the project in no way relives the State of its duties in serving Section 504 children;
(5) Requiring that moneys from the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division be used for a contract on behalf of Hana High and Elementary School with the Hana Community Health Center to implement the pilot project;
(6) Requiring Hana High and Elementary School to oversee and monitor the pilot project, and establishing an advisory committee consisting of community representatives which shall report to the 2004 legislature on the success of the pilot project as well as on the community collaboration efforts; and
(7) Adding a repeal date of June 30, 2004.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Health and Human Services that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2591, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2591, S.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Health and Human Services,
DAVID MATSUURA, Chair