STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2075
RE: S.B. No. 1124
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Finance, to which was referred S.B. No. 1124, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO MENTAL HEALTH,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to clarify requirements for petitions, procedures, and hearings for involuntary hospitalization and assisted community treatment to promote mental health treatment. Specifically, this measure:
(1) Clarifies that the definition of "dangerous to self" includes the inability to satisfy the need for treating mental illness;
(2) Specifies that the Attorney General may decline to present a case for involuntary hospitalization if the Attorney General determines that the case lacks merit;
(3) Requires the administrator or attending physician to assess whether an assisted community treatment plan is indicated upon a patient's discharge from involuntary hospitalization;
(4) Requires the Department of the Attorney General to assist with the petition for assisted community treatment and related court proceeding;
(5) Amends the required content of the petition, criteria for certificate of examination by a licensed mental health provider, and criteria for initiation of proceedings for assisted community treatment; and
(6) Appropriates funds for the establishment and appointment of two Deputy Attorneys General and support staff to assist with petitions for assisted community treatment.
The Department of Health, Councilmember representing District 9 of the City and County of Honolulu, Honolulu Police Department, Mental Health America of Hawai‘i, Catholic Charities Hawai‘i, HOPE Services Hawaii, and an individual testified in support of this measure. The Department of the Attorney General, Hawaii Kai Homeless Task Force, Partners in Care, American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i, and The Institute for Human Services provided comments.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Finance that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1124, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Finance,
SYLVIA LUKE, Chair