HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

2580

THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2020

H.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO MENTAL HEALTH.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. Chapter 353C, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"353C-    Mental health first aid training. (a) The judiciary shall establish a mental health first aid training program for personnel in the district and family courts whose duties include proceedings for restraining or protective orders. The program shall include a mandatory eight-hour interactive training course triennially that teaches the skills necessary to assist a person who is developing or has developed a mental health disorder or mental health crisis, and to de-escalate crisis situations as needed.

(b) The mandatory interactive training shall instruct personnel to, at a minimum:

(1) Identify signs of mental health crises, illness, and instability;

(2) Identify signs of behavioral and psychological patterns of mental health disorders;

(3) Provide initial assistance to persons with mental health disorders or mental health crises;

(4) Guide individuals requiring assistance toward appropriate professional help;

(5) Provide comfort to persons experiencing mental health disorders or mental health crises;

(6) Assist in preventing a mental health disorder from deteriorating into a more serious condition that may lead to more costly interventions and treatments;

(7) Provide information on and referral to outreach workers who are trained to assist persons with mental health disorders and mental health crises; and

(8) Promote healing, recovery, and good mental health."

SECTION 2. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 3. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2050.


 


 

Report Title:

Mental Health First Aid Training; Judiciary

 

Description:

Requires the judiciary to establish a mental health first aid training program that provides mandatory eight-hour sessions triennially for personnel in the district and family courts whose duties include proceedings for restraining or protective orders. Effective 7/1/2050. (HD1)

 

 

 

 

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