Report Title:

Dental Health

Description:

Requires DOH to contract with the private sector, including nonprofits, to carry out its statutory duties. Requires director of health to report annually on legislative appropriations for dental services targeted to underserved populations and remote geographic areas of the State.

THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

1516

TWENTY-SECOND LEGISLATURE, 2003

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 


 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

relating to dental health.

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

SECTION 1. Section 321-62, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"321-62 General duties of department. The department of health shall study and appraise the State's dental health needs and resources[,] and shall foster the development and expansion of dental health services to the people of the State. The department [may] shall contract with private sector entities, including qualifying nonprofit organizations, to:

(1) Conduct research, investigations, experiments, demonstrations, and studies relating to the incidence, causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of dental diseases;

(2) Supervise, provide, and direct clinical dental health services for adults and children in the State;

(3) Develop and conduct a program of dental health education of the public;

(4) Provide information and education relating to dental health to public health nurses, teachers, social workers, and others who deal in a professional capacity with the public, through publications, seminars, institutes, and other appropriate means; and

(5) Provide training for professional personnel to staff state and local dental health programs."

SECTION 2. Section 321-63, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"321-63 Director's specific duties and powers. To carry out the purposes of this part the director of health shall:

(1) Take such action as may be necessary, and authorized by law, to meet conditions prescribed for participation in all related federal dental health programs and the regulations adopted thereunder; and determine qualifications of personnel requiring professional training and licenses and correlate the programs of the department with the profession and related agencies for the proper and efficient functioning of the department;

(2) Enter into cooperative arrangements with other departments, agencies, and institutions, public or private;

(3) Submit plans relating to dental health to the United States Public Health Service and make application for such federal funds as will assist in carrying out the purposes of this part;

(4) Accept on behalf of the State and deposit with the director of finance any grant, gift, or contribution from the federal government or other source made to assist in meeting the cost of carrying out the purposes of this part and expend the same for such purposes;

(5) Make an annual report on activities and expenditures pursuant to this part, including a detailed report to the legislature relating to the expenditure of any legislative appropriations for dental services targeting underserved populations and remote geographic areas of the State, recommendations for additional plans, measures, or legislation relating to the purposes of this part."

SECTION 3. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

INTRODUCED BY:

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