HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.C.R. NO.

215

TWENTY-SIXTH LEGISLATURE, 2011

H.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

HOUSE CONCURRENT

RESOLUTION

 

 

REQUESTING THE CREATION OF A HAWAII MENTAL HEALTH COMMISSION TO DEVELOP A UNIFIED STATE MENTAL HEALTH DELIVERY SERVICE.

 

 


WHEREAS, public mental health services exist and are provided throughout the State of Hawaii; and

 

WHEREAS, these services are delivered by many different departments and agencies in Hawaii; and

 

WHEREAS, consumers and families often experience delays, confusion, and frustration with respect to how to receive care; and

 

WHEREAS, the lack of outreach to people with mental health problems coupled with the absence of preventive and early intervention services, exacerbates mental health problems, often leading to devastating personal and societal consequences; and

 

WHEREAS, the delivery of mental health services requires a highly specialized, professional workforce with adequate mental health-specific recruitment and retention policies and highly specialized contracting, procurement, and contract oversight; and

 

WHEREAS, the creation of an oversight body would help foster a more unified mental health system to ensure greater public access to, and an equitable distribution of, mental health services throughout the State of Hawaii; now, therefore,

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-sixth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2011, the Senate concurring, that a Hawaii Mental Health Commission is requested to be established and charged with the responsibility of developing a unified state mental health delivery service across the State of Hawaii; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certain authority, duties, responsibilities, and jurisdiction of the Department of Health, with respect to mental health, mental illness, drug addiction, and alcoholism should be transferred to the Hawaii Mental Health Commission to better achieve the goal of unifying delivery of Hawaii's mental health services; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to Hawaii's Congressional Delegation, the Governor, Director of Health, Mayors of the respective Counties, Executive Director of Mental Health America of Hawaii, Branch Director of Mental Health America of Hawaii Maui County Branch, the Community Children's Councils of Hawaii, and the Executive Director of National Alliance on Mental Illness Hawaii.

 

 

 

Report Title:

Hawaii Mental Health Commission; Mental Health Services