Report Title:

Kupuna Caucus; DOH; DHS; Care Facilities; Inspections; Public Notice; Appropriations

 

Description:

Requires the department of health and the department of human services to post on their respective websites reports of all inspections of care facilities. Appropriates funds to the department of health and to the department of human services to prepare to post inspection reports online.

 


HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

321

TWENTY-FIFTH LEGISLATURE, 2009

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO HEALTH.

 

 

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

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that the department of health and the department of human services are responsible for licensing, certifying, and monitoring several types of care facilities. Although the departments perform inspections to ensure a standard of quality of these facilities using state moneys, the public currently cannot easily access the information contained in the inspection reports. The legislature finds that the public would benefit from greater access to information on the quality and conditions of care facilities in Hawaii.

The purpose of this Act is to require the department of health and the department of human services to make available to the public information collected from the departments' inspections of care facilities and to appropriate funds to the department of health and to the department of human services for technical and administrative support in anticipation of requiring that their inspection reports be made available on their respective websites, free of charge.

SECTION 2. Chapter 321, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to part I to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"321-   Inspections; public notice. (a) The department of health shall post on its website electronic copies of reports for all inspections it performs for the following state-licensed care facilities:

(1) Adult day health centers;

(2) Developmental disabilities domiciliary homes as defined in section 321‑15.9;

(3) Developmentally disabled adult foster homes;

(4) Long-term care facilities as defined in section 349‑21(f); and

(5) Special treatment facilities as defined in section 334‑1.

(b) Each report shall be posted on the department of health's website within       days of the conclusion of each inspection and shall include but not be limited to the following information:

(1) The date of the inspection;

(2) A description of violations of relevant state laws or rules;

(3) Plans of correction and the status of corrective actions in response to any violations; and

(4) Other information regarding the quality and conditions of the facilities as the department of health deems appropriate in informing the public of their care options."

SECTION 3. Chapter 346, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to part XIV to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"346‑   Inspections; public notice. (a) The department of human services shall post on its website electronic copies of reports for all inspections it performs on adult day care centers and community care foster family homes as defined in section 346‑331.

(b) Each report shall be posted on the department of human services' website within       days of the conclusion of each inspection and shall include but not be limited to the following information:

(1) The date of the inspection;

(2) A description of violations of relevant state laws or rules;

(3) Plans of correction and the status of corrective actions in response to any violations; and

(4) Other information regarding the quality and conditions of the facilities as the department of human services deems appropriate in informing the public of their care options."

SECTION 4. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $           or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2010-2011 for purposes set forth in section 2 of this Act.

The sum appropriated shall be expended by the department of health for the purposes of this Act.

SECTION 5. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $           or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2010-2011 for purposes set forth in section 3 of this Act.

The sum appropriated shall be expended by the department of human services for the purposes of this Act.

SECTION 6. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 7. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2011; provided that sections 4 and 5 shall take effect on July 1, 2010.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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