STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1950-18
RE: S.B. No. 122
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-Ninth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2018
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred S.B. No. 122, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO MENTAL HEALTH,"
begs leave to report as follows:
(1) Provide designated family members and other interested persons with:
(A) Notice when an individual with a mental health emergency is subject to admission to a facility, examination, hospitalization, commitment, or assisted community treatment; and
(B) The right to be present for the individual's hearings and receive a copy of the hearing transcript or recording unless the court determines otherwise;
(2) Require a court to adjourn or continue a hearing for failure to timely notify a person entitled to be notified or for failure by the individual to contact an attorney, with certain exceptions; and
(3) Require the Auditor to conduct an audit of the Adult Mental Health Division of the Department of Health and submit a report to the Legislature.
Hawaii Disability Rights Center, Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i, Hawaii Substance Abuse Coalition, and a few individuals testified in support of this measure. The Department of the Attorney General and Department of Health provided comments.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Deleting the requirement that the Auditor conduct an audit of the Adult Mental Health Division of the Department of Health and submit a report to the Legislature; and
(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 122, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 122, S.D. 2, H.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary,
SCOTT Y. NISHIMOTO, Chair