The 2006 Hawaii State Legislature, in Senate Concurrent Resolution SCR 70 HD 1, requested the Director of Health to convene a task force to determine a means for a child to be screened prior to the start of the child’s education, at the child’s first entry into preschool and elementary school, to provide for diagnosis, referral, correction or treatment, and to integrate the efforts of community and state organizations related to screening under this Hawaii childhood screening initiative.

SCR 70 HD 1 requested the task force to:

(a) Recommend selection of standardized developmental screening tools for children from birth through age eight years of age, including but not limited to:

  • Cognitive development
  • Language development
  • Motor development
  • Adaptive skills
  • Behavioral or social-emotional development
  • Hearing
  • Vision

(b) Formalize referral protocols.

(c) Develop guidelines for reporting the completion of a child’s screening requirement for children entering preschool or elementary school.

(d) Address issues related to physician participation.

(e) Evaluate compliance and appropriateness of referrals.

  • Submit to the Legislature an annual report no later than 20 days before the start of each regular session on any recommended legislation necessary to implement the program.

Legislative Report – 2007
Legislative Report – 2008

Related item:

American Academy of Pediatrics – Hawaii Chapter, “Position Paper – Developmental Surveillance and Screening in the Medical Home, February 9, 2007”,


For more information , contact:

Patricia Heu, MD, MPH
Children with Special Health Needs Branch
Hawaii Department of Health
741 Sunset Avenue
Honolulu , HI  96816
Ph. 808-733-9058   Fax 808-733-9068
e-mail [email protected]