TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE, 2015
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO SCHOOL HEALTH.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. The legislature finds that Act 51, Session Laws of Hawaii 2004, sought to revamp education in Hawaii, in part, by creating an interagency working group to develop plans for transferring certain rights, powers, functions, duties, and resources from various state departments to the department of education. This interagency working group ceased to exist on June 30, 2007.
The legislature further finds that the establishment of such interagency working groups facilitates interagency communication and in particular, will help address various issues that either have not been fully resolved since Act 51 or have arisen as a result of transfers implemented pursuant to Act 51.
The purpose of this Act, therefore, is to improve the delivery of school health services by establishing and appropriating funds for an interagency working group to create a comprehensive school-based health program.
SECTION 2. (a) The department of education and department of health shall jointly convene an interagency working group to discuss and create a comprehensive school-based health program that includes a comprehensive, sustainable plan to address, at minimum, issues relating to:
(1) The development of a school-based health program infrastructure, including school community-based health programs, possible federal reimbursements, and public-private partnerships, and a recommendation regarding the department in which to place such a program to ensure what is best for students attending department of education schools;
(2) The partnership and collaboration of public health nurses from the department of health within the department of education, including supervisory issues that may arise and possible career pathways for public health nurses that are transferred;
(3) The training of department of education employees and agents relating to the administration of medication to students by the department of health;
(4) The authorization of department of education employees to receive and administer auto-injectable epinephrine to students experiencing anaphylaxis;
(5) The provision of care by department of education employees to students with diabetes pursuant to a student's medical management plan;
(6) The possible expansion of health care workers in schools, complexes, and complex areas, including advanced practice registered nurses, mental health counselors, and advanced health aides with additional certifications;
(7) The identification of existing barriers and mechanisms necessary to maximize all relevant and available federal funds for services that may be offered through the school health program;
(8) Any personnel issues that may arise as a result of the comprehensive plan, including the transfer of personnel from one department to another; and
(9) Any projected cost estimates and resource requirements, as well as phase-in options for the implementation of the comprehensive school health program.
(b) Members of the working group shall include:
(1) The superintendent of education or the superintendent's designee, who shall serve as a co-chair;
(2) The director of health or the director's designee, who shall serve as a co-chair;
(3) The director of human services, or the director's designee;
(4) The dean of the University of Hawaii at Manoa's school of nursing and dental hygiene or the dean's designee;
(5) The chair of the senate standing committee on education or the chair's designee;
(6) The chair of the house of representatives standing committee on education or the chair's designee;
(7) The chair of the senate standing committee on health or the chair's designee;
(8) The chair of the house of representatives standing committee on health or the chair's designee;
(9) A chief executive office representative with pediatric experience from the healthcare association of Hawaii;
(10) A representative from the Hawaii primary care association; and
(11) A parent of a child currently attending a department of education public school, to be chosen by the governor.
(c) The working group shall submit an interim report of its findings and recommendations, including any proposed legislation, to the legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the regular session of 2016. The interim report shall, at minimum, include:
(1) A finalized list of the membership of the working group;
(2) Information on the progress made toward developing the infrastructure of a school-based health program with a comprehensive, sustainable plan;
(3) A proposed work plan, timelines, and responsible parties therefor; and
(4) Recommendations concerning processes to maximize applicable federal matching funds for services provided through the school health program.
(d) The working group shall submit a final report of its findings and recommendations, including any proposed legislation, to the legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the regular session of 2017. The final report shall include all findings:
(1) Concerning the infrastructure necessary to establish a comprehensive, sustainable school-based health program; and
(2) Related to a sustainability plan with quality assurance and quality improvement parameters, including specific performance measures and goals for continued sustainability.
(e) No member of the interagency working group shall be made subject to chapter 84, Hawaii Revised Statutes, solely because of that member's participation as a member of the interagency working group.
(f) The interagency working group shall cease to exist on December 31, 2016.
SECTION 3. 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 2015-2016 for the work of the interagency working group established in section 2 of this Act.
The sum appropriated shall be expended by the department of education for the purposes of this Act.
SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2112; provided that section 3 of this Act shall take effect on July 1, 2015.
Interagency Working Group; School Health Program
Requires the Department of Education and Department of Health to jointly establish an interagency working group to create a comprehensive school-based health program. Appropriates funds. (SB841 HD2)
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