STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1200
RE: H.B. No. 471
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Health, to which was referred H.B. No. 471, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO BEHAVIOR ANALYSTS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to make permanent the regulation of behavior analysts.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Health, Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Department of Education, Hawai‘i Association for Behavior Analysis, Hawaii State Teachers Association, Hawaii Disability Rights Center, The Council of Autism Service Providers, Together For Our Keiki, and twenty individuals.
Your Committee finds that since the enactment of the behavior analyst licensure law, Act 199, Session Law of Hawaii 2015, and the autism insurance law, Act 235, Session Law of Hawaii 2015, over four hundred eighty behavior analysts have been licensed and over one thousand five hundred registered behavior technicians have been credentialed under their supervision in the State. As a result, several thousand keiki and other individuals have received access to applied behavior analysis services. Your Committee finds that these numbers are continuing to grow to meet the ongoing demand for applied behavior analysis services in the State. This measure makes permanent the regulation of behavior analysts.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Making it effective upon its approval; and
(2) Making a technical, nonsubstantive amendment for the purposes of clarity and consistency.
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. 471, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 471, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Health,
JARRETT KEOHOKALOLE, Chair