STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2011
RE: H.B. No. 1416
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred H.B. No. 1416, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to prevent suicides in state correctional facilities by establishing a suicide prevention commission within the Department of Health.
Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the Department of Health, Community Alliance on Prisons, Hawaii Health and Harm Reduction Center, Mental Health America of Hawaii, and numerous individuals.
Your Committee finds that the high rate of inmate suicides in state correctional facilities necessitates the development of preventative measures.
Your Committee has amended this measure by inserting an appropriation of an unspecified amount for fiscal years 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 for the Department of Health to develop a centralized assessment and treatment program.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1416, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1416, H.D. 1, S.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair