STAND. COM. REP. NO. 731

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2019

 

RE: H.B. No. 250

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committees on Lower & Higher Education and Health, to which was referred H.B. No. 250 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH SERVICES,"

 

beg leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to formally establish the Hawaii Keiki: Healthy and Ready to Learn Program, provide funding to expand and sustain the program, and appropriate funds to establish school health service coordinators in the Departments of Health and Human Services to increase coordination and facilitate departmental and interdepartmental activities related to comprehensive school-based health services.

 

State Public Charter School Commission, Hawaii State Center for Nursing, Hawaii State Teachers Association, Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, and several concerned individuals supported this measure. The University of Hawaii System, Department of Education, Department of Health, Department of Human Services, Department of Budget and Finance, and Project Vision offered comments.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1) Clarifying that the program shall:

(A) Have a memorandum of understanding with each federally qualified health center and rural health clinic geographically situated within each participating complex of schools; and

 

(B) Be precluded from providing services at any school where a school-based clinic established pursuant to a memorandum of understanding or contract between a federally qualified health center or rural health clinic and the department exists or may exist in the future;

 

(2) Clarifying that moneys in the special fund shall be used to support the operations of the program;

 

(3) Changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to encourage further discussion on this measure; and

 

(4) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.

 

As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Lower & Higher Education and Health that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 250, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 250, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Finance.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Lower & Higher Education and Health,

 

 

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JOHN M. MIZUNO, Chair

 

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JUSTIN H. WOODSON, Chair