STAND. COM. REP. NO. 404

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2019

 

RE: H.B. No. 330

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Health, to which was referred H.B. No. 330 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO SUICIDE PREVENTION,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to appropriate funds to the Department of Health (DOH) to support youth suicide early intervention, prevention, and education initiatives in Kauai and Hawaii counties.

 

The Department of Education, Office of Youth Services, Council Member representing District 4 of the Hawaii County Council, Hawaii Pacific Health, Hawaii State Teachers Association, Hawaii Youth Services Network, Hawaii Family Forum, Mental Health America of Hawaii, Democratic Party of Hawaii, Parents And Children Together, Oahu Prevent Suicide Hawaii Taskforce, Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, and a few concerned individuals supported this measure. DOH provided comments.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1) Changing the appropriations to unspecified amounts; and

 

(2) Changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to encourage further discussion.

 

Your Committee notes the concerns of DOH regarding higher rates of youth suicide in the neighbor islands and the need for youth suicide prevention and early intervention resources for Maui county in addition to Kauai and Hawaii counties.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Health that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 330, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 330, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Finance.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Health,

 

 

 

 

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JOHN M. MIZUNO, Chair