Bill Text: HI SCR101 | 2019 | Regular Session | Amended


Bill Title: Requesting The Department Of Health To Convene A Task Force To Study And Make Recommendations On The Current Use And Possible Expansion Of Services At Leahi Hospital And Maluhia Hospital, Including The Feasibility Of Using The Hospitals As Centers For Community-based Mental Health And Substance Abuse Treatment Services For Non-forensic Patients.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 11-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-03-27 - Report adopted, as amended (SD 1) and referred to WAM. [SCR101 Detail]

Download: Hawaii-2019-SCR101-Amended.html

THE SENATE

S.C.R. NO.

101

THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2019

S.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

SENATE CONCURRENT

RESOLUTION

 

 

REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO CONVENE A TASK FORCE TO STUDY AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE CURRENT USE AND POSSIBLE EXPANSION OF SERVICES AT LEAHI HOSPITAL AND MALUHIA HOSPITAL, INCLUDING THE FEASIBILITY OF USING THE HOSPITALS AS CENTERS FOR COMMUNITY-BASED MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT SERVICES FOR NON-FORENSIC PATIENTS.

 

 


     WHEREAS, there is a pressing need for expanded community-based mental health and substance abuse treatment services in Hawaii and the only State facility for such services is the Hawaii State Hospital, which is at capacity and exclusively used to treat forensic patients; and

 

     WHEREAS, a significant contributing factor to high forensic utilization is due to individuals ordered to the Hawaii State Hospital for temporary hospitalization for lack of alternative treatment options; and

 

     WHEREAS, beds provided on contract by the private sector in Hawaii and on the mainland cost over thirteen million dollars per year; and

 

     WHEREAS, the Legislature has appropriated funds for the design and construction of a new secure forensic patient facility to be completed but there is no additional provision for beds and other services for patients who do not need the restrictive environment at Hawaii State Hospital; and

 

     WHEREAS, community capacity for mental health treatment is inadequate at outpatient, intermediate, and inpatient levels; and

 

     WHEREAS, public buildings constructed for the provision of health care, such as Leahi Hospital and Maluhia Hospital, continue to serve as safety net facilities to meet existing and emergent community needs; and

 

     WHEREAS, Leahi Hospital and Maluhia Hospital have bed space and facilities appropriate for providing memory care, mental health, and substance abuse treatment services; and

 

     WHEREAS, Leahi Hospital is adjacent to Kapiolani Community College, which has a long history of health care training and would be well-positioned to serve as a teaching hospital to train behavioral health workers; now, therefore,

 

     BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Thirtieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2019, the House of Representatives concurring, that the Department of Health is requested to convene a task force to study and make recommendations on the current use and possible expansion of services at Leahi Hospital and Maluhia Hospital, including the feasibility of using the hospitals as centers for community-based mental health and substance abuse treatment services for non-forensic patients who do not need the restrictive care necessary at the Hawaii State Hospital; and

 

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the task force is requested to include the following members or their designees:

 

     (1)  The Director of Health;

 

     (2)  The Director of Human Services;

 

     (3)  Two members of the Senate appointed by the President of the Senate;

 

     (4)  Two members of the House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;

 

     (5)  The Chief Executive Officer of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, Oahu Region;

 

     (6)  Two member of the Oahu Regional Health System Board of Directors;

 

     (7)  A representative from the mental health and substance abuse provider community; and

 

     (8)  Additional members with relevant knowledge or experience, at the discretion of the chairperson; and

 

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Director of Health or the Director's designee shall serve as the chairperson of the task force; and

 

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that an initial meeting be held no later than June 1, 2019; and

 

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the task force, with the assistance of the Department of Health, is requested to 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 2020; and

 

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the task force be dissolved on June 30, 2020; and

 

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Director of Health, Chief Justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court, Attorney General, Chief Executive Officer of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, Regional Chief Executive Officer of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation Oahu Region, Senate President, and Speaker of the House of Representatives.

 

 

 

Report Title: 

Mental Health; Substance Abuse; Residential Treatment; Public Hospitals

 

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