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TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                     HOUSE  RESOLUTION
  SUPPORTING THE HAWAII PSYCHIATRIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION'S
    INTEREST IN HAVING A FUTURE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN
    PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION IN HAWAII.



 1        WHEREAS, the American Psychiatric Association is an
 2   organization of 40,000 medical doctors in the United States and
 3   Canada specializing in the practice of psychiatry and the
 4   diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders; and
 5   
 6        WHEREAS, the American Psychiatric Association has
 7   demonstrated its leadership in the broader field of behavioral
 8   health by authoring the most widely-used world standard for the
 9   diagnosis of mental disorders known as the DSM-IV, which is
10   utilized by all allied disciplines in the mental health field
11   including psychiatric nurses, psychiatric social workers,
12   psychologists, marriage and family counselors, and substance
13   abuse counselors; and
14   
15        WHEREAS, the American Psychiatric Association holds an
16   annual convention which, in the past two years have attracted
17   18,000 registrants to Toronto, Canada, and to Washington, D.C.,
18   including not only medical doctors but many of the allied
19   mental health professionals listed above seeking the latest and
20   most reliable information in this era of exploding mental
21   health data; and
22   
23        WHEREAS, given the growing importance of the Pacific Rim
24   and Asian countries, an American Psychiatric Association annual
25   meeting in Hawaii, can potentially generate a significant
26   impact on the world's understanding of psychiatry, psychiatric
27   diagnoses, and psychiatric treatments; and
28   
29        WHEREAS, the last American Psychiatric Association annual
30   meeting held in Hawaii in 1973 attracted more participants than
31   at the two mainland meetings before and after the meeting in
32   Hawaii; and
33   
34        WHEREAS, Hawaii offers an ideal site for such a conference
35   in that it provides a unique combination of superior facilities
36   at a new, world class Convention Center, 36,000 hotel rooms

 
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 1   within one mile, world class restaurants, convenient airport
 2   access, and sophisticated convention support services; and
 3   
 4        WHEREAS, despite the wealth of extra-convention
 5   activities, Hawaii is developing a reputation as a serious
 6   place to conduct business; and
 7   
 8        WHEREAS, when the American Medical Association considered
 9   removing Hawaii from its convention rotation, a delegation of
10   the American Psychiatric Association played a key role in
11   successfully persuading the American Medical Association to
12   vote overwhelmingly to retain Hawaii on its House of Delegates
13   Interim Meeting Rotation for the year 2003; and
14   
15        WHEREAS, the Hawaii Psychiatric Medical Association
16   enthusiastically endorses Hawaii as a site for a future
17   American Psychiatric Association annual meeting, and hosting
18   the conference in Hawaii would provide a welcome opportunity to
19   improve the local economy through tourism; now, therefore,
20   
21        BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
22   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
23   of 2000, that the Legislature supports the Hawaii Psychiatric
24   Medical Association, the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau,
25   and the Hawaii Tourism Authority in extending an invitation to
26   the American Psychiatric Association to seriously consider
27   Hawaii's Convention Center as a site for a future annual
28   meeting of the American Psychiatric Association; and
29   
30        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature commends the
31   American Psychiatric Association for its efforts on behalf of
32   Hawaii in retaining Hawaii as a convention site for the
33   American Medical Association Interim Meeting of the House of
34   Delegates in 2003; and
35   
36        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
37   Resolution be transmitted to the American Psychiatric
38   Association, the Hawaii Psychiatric Medical Association, the
39   Hawaii Tourism Authority, the Hawaii Visitors and Convention
40   Bureau, and the Hawaii Convention Center Authority.
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