STAND. COM. REP. NO.2605
RE: S.B. No. 2773
Honorable Robert Bunda
President of the Senate
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred S.B. No. 2773, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT MAKING AN EMERGENCY APPROPRIATION TO THE CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH DIVISION,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to make an emergency appropriation for services provided by the Department of Health's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division associated with the Felix v. Cayetano consent decree.
Specifically, $1 is appropriated for fiscal year 2001-2002 for this purpose.
Your Committee notes that your Committee on Health and Human Services expressed its belief in SSCR No. 2316 dated February 15, 2002, that the original $8,750,603 requested should be re-allocated for completely different purposes, including:
(1) $1,000,000 to the Children's Health Insurance Program under the Department of Human Services;
(2) $1,000,000 for the Department of Human Services to fund the preemptive eligibility program for QUEST coverage for pregnant women;
(3) $1,000,000 for the Department of Health's neo-natal preventive services for potential Felix children;
(4) $1,000,000 for the Department of Health's poison center;
(5) $2,000,000 for the Department of Health pilot project to serve Felix children through community health centers on the neighbor islands; and
(6) $500,000 for the birth defects program.
Your Committee finds that although funds were appropriated for these services for fiscal year 2001-2002, the program will expend all appropriated funding before the end of the fiscal year and the Department will be unable to meet its fiscal obligation to provide these services.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2773, S.D. 1, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
BRIAN T. TANIGUCHI, Chair