HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO HEALTH.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. Act 263, Session Laws of Hawaii 2019, is amended by amending section 1 to read as follows:
"SECTION 1. (a)
There is established within the department of health a working group to evaluate
current behavioral health care and related systems and identify [
may be taken to promote effective integration to more effectively respond to
and coordinate care for persons experiencing] gaps in services, coordinate
funding sources, and establish and identify outcome measures for persons experiencing
behavioral health or substance abuse[ , mental health] conditions,
and resultant consequences, including homelessness.
(b) The working group shall consist of the following members:
(1) The director of health, or the director's designee, who shall serve as chair;
(2) One representative from the behavioral health services administration of the department of health;
(3) One representative of the department of public safety;
(4) One representative from the med-QUEST division of the department of human services;
(5) One representative of the judiciary;
(6) One representative from the insurance division of the department of commerce and consumer affairs;
One or more
representatives of the Hawaii Opioid Initiative executive steering committee;]
The governor's coordinator on homelessness, or the coordinator's designee;
(8) One representative from each entity operating a health plan in the State, who the director of health shall invite to participate on the working group;
(9) One or more members of the Hawaii Substance Abuse Coalition, who the director of health shall invite to participate on the working group;
(10) One representative of the Hawaii interagency council on homelessness;
(11) The administrator of the office of Hawaiian affairs, or the administrator's designee;
(12) One representative from the university of Hawaii John A. Burns school of medicine department of psychiatry who is affiliated with the American society of addiction medicine;
(11)] (13) One clinical social worker licensed under
chapter 467E, Hawaii Revised Statutes; and
(12)] (14) Others as recommended by the working
(c) The working group shall evaluate:
(1) Inventory of funding streams and their metrics;
(2) Currently existing barriers to treatment access;
(3) Policies and practices that perpetuate or substantially contribute to access barriers;
(4) Practices that would improve care coordination and increase access to care;
(5) Policies or legislative actions that are recommended to effectuate coordinated entry and coordinated systems of behavioral health care; and
(6) Defined roles and responsibilities recommended of state, county, and community entities.
(d) Members of the working group shall serve without compensation, but shall be reimbursed for reasonable expenses necessary for the performance of their duties, including travel expenses. No member of the working group shall be subject to chapter 84, Hawaii Revised Statutes, solely because of the member's participation in the working group.
or more members of the working group, but less than the number of members [
that would constitute a quorum for the working group, may discuss
between themselves matters relating to official business of the working group
to enable them to faithfully perform their duties to the working group and the
organizations they represent, as long as no commitment to vote is made or
sought. Such discussions shall be a
permitted interaction under section 92-2.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes.
The working group shall submit a report of its findings and
recommendations, including any proposed legislation, to the legislature no
later than twenty days prior to the convening of the regular session of [
The working group shall be dissolved on June 30, [
SECTION 2. This part is recommended by the governor for immediate passage in accordance with article VII, section 9, of the Constitution of the State of Hawaii.
SECTION 3. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $4,780,880 or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2020-2021 for payroll and other current expenses to address the budget shortfall for the state comprehensive emergency medical services system.
The sum appropriated shall be expended by the department of health for the purposes of this part.
SECTION 4. The department of commerce and consumer affairs shall create an additional certification category for emergency medical technicians who have received certification from the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians at a higher level of practice than emergency medical responders but who do not provide emergency ambulance services.
SECTION 5. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 6. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2050.
DOH; Working Group; Behavioral Health Care; Emergency Appropriation
Establishes a working group within the Department of Health to identify gaps in services; coordinate funding sources; and establish and identify outcome measures for behavioral health, substance abuse, and homelessness. Makes an emergency appropriation to provide funds for the state comprehensive emergency medical services system for expenses related to collective bargaining and other current expenses. Requires the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs to create a certification category for emergency medical technicians who have received certification from the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians at a higher level of practice than emergency medical responders but who do not provide emergency ambulance services. Effective 7/1/2050. (SD2)
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