STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1098

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2017

 

RE: S.B. No. 510

S.D. 2

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Joseph M. Souki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Ninth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2017

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Health, to which was referred S.B. No. 510, S.D. 2, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH SERVICES,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to expand Hawaii students' access to school-based health and wellness services by codifying the Hawaii Keiki: Healthy and Ready to Learn program in statute, expanding the reach of the program to include all Department schools statewide, establishing a dedicated special fund to sustain the program, establishing coordinator positions in the Departments of Health and Human Services, and making appropriations for program operations.

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Education, University of Hawaii School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, Hawaii State Center for Nursing, State Public Charter School Commission, Hawaii Medical Service Association, Healthcare Association of Hawaii, The Queen's Health Systems, Hawaii Pacific Health, Hawaii State Teachers Association, Hawaii Association of Professional Nurses, Hui for Excellence in Education, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii, Hawaii Youth Services Network, Kapiolani Child Protection Center, American Diabetes Association, American Organization of Nurse Executives Hawaii, IMUAlliance, and many individuals submitted testimony in support of this measure. The Department of Health, Department of Budget and Finance, Executive Office on Early Learning, Special Education Advisory Council, Hawaii Primary Care Association, Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, Obesity Prevention Task Force, Project Vision Hawaii, and a few individuals submitted comments.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by changing its effective date to July 1, 2070, to encourage further discussion.

 

Your Committee notes that the Obesity Prevention Task Force's comments on this measure included proposed language that would facilitate participation in school-based health programs by community and rural health providers. Your Committee respectfully requests that your Committee on Education consider this language, should that Committee deliberate on this measure.

 

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 S.B. No. 510, S.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 510, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Education.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Health,

 

 

 

 

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DELLA AU BELATTI, Chair