STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2323
RE: S.B. No. 2102
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2020
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Human Services, to which was referred S.B. No. 2102 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE ON AGING,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to release appropriated funds for one full-time equivalent Alzheimer's disease and related dementia services coordinator position in the Chronic Disease prevention and Health Promotion Division of the Department of Health.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Policy Advisory Board for Elder Affairs; Maui County Office on Aging; Alzheimer's Association, Aloha Chapter; Kokua Council, and twenty-nine individuals. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Executive Office on Aging.
Your Committee finds that Alzheimer's disease and dementia are chronic health conditions that gravely impact the residents of Hawaii. There are twenty-nine thousand people in Hawaii who are at least sixty-five years old and suffering from Alzheimer's disease with an estimated 20.7 percent increase by 2025.
Your Committee notes that the position of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia coordinator was established within the executive office on Aging by Act 214, Session Laws of Hawaii 2013. The Hawaii 2025: State Plan on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia identified strategies required to address the multifaceted issues associated with this disease; however, the services and activities require leadership and coordination at a systemic level. Your Committee also finds this measure releases funds appropriated for a dedicated position to help implement and update the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia state plan.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Deleting the word "permanent", from line 7 to read, "2020-2021 for the one full-time equivalent (1.0 FTE)"; and
(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.
Your Committee recommends that the Committee on Ways and Means determine whether the effective date of this measure is appropriate for its implementation.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Human Services that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2102, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2102, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Human Services,
RUSSELL E. RUDERMAN, Chair