STAND. COM. REP. NO. 479

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: S.B. No. 1360

S.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Shan S. Tsutsui

President of the Senate

Twenty-Sixth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2011

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Human Services, to which was referred S.B. No. 1360 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO COMMUNITY CARE FOSTER FAMILY HOMES,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose and intent of this measure is to specify that if a Community Care Foster Family Home is approved for a maximum of three clients, the primary caregiver must be a Certified Nurse Aide and the substitute caregiver must be a Nurse Aide.

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from Adult Foster Homecare Association of Hawaii; The Primary Care Providers; Alliance of Residential Care Administrators; Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii; Lou's Quality Home Health Care Services, LLC; and numerous individuals. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Department of Human Services.

 

Your Committee finds that requiring substitute caregivers to be licensed as Certified Nurse Aides or Nurse Aides results in better quality of care and safety for elderly and disabled residents of Community Care Foster Family Homes. Your Committee further finds that Certified Nurse Aides and Nurse Aides must attain a minimum level of education and meet certain coursework requirements. Certified Nurse Aides and Nurse Aides also must acquire continuing education every two years to ensure their skills are maintained at a satisfactory level.

 

Your Committee also finds that the licensing requirements under this measure will help to ensure that resident clients are receiving a minimum standard of care in Community Care Foster Family Homes.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Human Services that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1360, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1360, S.D. 1, and be placed on the calendar for Third Reading.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Human Services,

 

 

 

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SUZANNE CHUN OAKLAND, Chair