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THE SENATE                           S.C.R. NO.            
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                    SENATE  CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION

  URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO TRAIN AND CONSULT WITH
    OPERATORS AND STAFF OF ADULT RESIDENTIAL CARE HOME
    OPERATORS, AT THE TIME OF LICENSING AND PERIODICALLY
    THEREAFTER, REGARDING THEIR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
    FOR THEIR RESIDENTS.
 


 1        WHEREAS, the Department of Health (DOH) is responsible for
 2   the licensing of adult residential care homes; and
 3   
 4        WHEREAS, adult residential care homes provide long-term
 5   care for persons who need skilled nursing care or intermediate
 6   care, including elders, physically disabled, developmentally
 7   disabled, and mentally ill; and
 8   
 9        WHEREAS, the DOH, under section 321-15.6(c), Hawaii
10   Revised Statutes, may provide for the training of and
11   consultation with operators and staff in conjunction with
12   licensing of adult residential care homes; and
13   
14        WHEREAS, the purpose of the training and consultation is
15   to ensure that adult residential care home operators have the
16   needed skills to provide proper care and supervision in a home
17   environment; and
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19        WHEREAS, adult residential care home operators should be
20   made fully aware of the risk of civil liability and criminal
21   culpability, and understand the potential for litigation if
22   they neglect the duties they fully undertake by becoming adult
23   residential care home operators; and
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25        WHEREAS, the DOH should do training and consultation at
26   the time of licensing and periodically after licensing, though
27   not required by law, in the interests of protecting the health,
28   safety, and welfare of residents of care homes; now, therefore,
29   
30        BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twentieth Legislature
31   of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2000, the House of
32   Representatives concurring, that the DOH is urged to train and

 
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 1   consult with operators and staff of adult residential care home
 2   operators, at the time of licensing and periodically
 3   thereafter, regarding their duties and responsibilities for
 4   their residents, including any potential civil and criminal
 5   liabilities for improper care; and
 6   
 7        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Director of Health be
 8   responsible for transmission of copies of this Concurrent
 9   Resolution to all licensed operators of adult residential care
10   homes; and
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12        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a certified copy of this
13   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Director of Health.
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