STAND. COM. REP. NO. 435-18


Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2018


RE: H.B. No. 2657

H.D. 1





Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Ninth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2018

State of Hawaii




Your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce, to which was referred H.B. No. 2657, H.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


The purpose of this measure is to clarify the scope of the Behavior Analysts Law, Chapter 465D, Hawaii Revised Statutes, by:


(1) Specifying that the practice of behavior analysis means the practice of applied behavior analysis; and


(2) Expressly exempting individuals who design or implement behavior analysis services under the Medicaid home and community-based service waiver program, caregivers, and individuals directly supervised by a licensed professional, whose supervision is within their recognized scope of practice, from licensure requirements.


The Department of Health, Department of Human Services, State Council on Development Disabilities, The Arc in Hawaii, Hawaii Psychological Association, Advantage Health Care Provider, and many individuals supported this measure. The Hawaii Association for Behavior Analysis, Aloha Behavioral Associates, LLC, and one individual opposed this measure. The Hawaii Disability Rights Center and Hawaii Medical Service Association provided comments.


As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2657, H.D. 1, and recommends that it be referred to your Committee on Finance.



Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce,