STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1077
RE: S.B. No. 984
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 S.B. No. 984, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO SCHOOL BASED HEALTH SERVICES,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to facilitate the administration of prescribed medications by school health aides to students who require them while attending a public school.
Specifically, this measure authorizes the administration of medication that is:
(1) Prescribed by an advanced practice registered nurse with prescriptive authority; and
(2) With the approval of an on-campus, school-based health care provider pursuant to a written agreement with the Department of Education.
Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the University of Hawaii, Hawaii State Center for Nursing, Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, American Nurses Association of Hawaii, and seven individuals.
Your Committee received written comments on this measure from the Department of Education.
Your Committee recognizes that the assistance provided by school-based licensed health care professionals, including advanced practice registered nurses and registered nurses, increases parents' and caregivers' time at work, and principals' and teachers' instructional time. Your Committee finds that this measure enables advanced practice registered nurses to provide care to school-aged children, which helps reduce the impact of health issues that are otherwise barriers to learning.
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 S.B. No. 984, S.D. 1, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair