[§451K-6]  Licensure requirements.  The director shall adopt rules as deemed necessary for the licensure of genetic counselors to protect public health and safety and may consider the following factors as evidence in determining whether an applicant is qualified to be licensed:

     (1)  Board-certification by the American Board of Genetic Counseling or its equivalent; and

     (2)  A report of any disciplinary action or rejection of license applications or renewals relating to genetic counseling practice taken against the applicant in another jurisdiction.

Terms Used In Hawaii Revised Statutes 451K-6

  • Director: means the director of health. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 451K-1
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Genetic counseling practice: includes :

         (1)  Obtaining and interpreting individual, family, medical, developmental, and reproductive histories;

         (2)  Determining the mode of inheritance and risk of transmission of genetic conditions and birth defects;

         (3)  Discussing the inheritance, features, natural history, means of diagnosis, and management of these conditions;

         (4)  Identifying, coordinating, interpreting, and explaining genetic laboratory tests and other diagnostic studies;

         (5)  Assessing psychological factors and recognizing social, educational, and cultural issues related to having or being at risk for genetic conditions;

         (6)  Evaluating the client's or family's responses to the genetic condition or risk of having the genetic condition, and providing client-centered counseling and anticipatory guidance;

         (7)  Communicating information to their clients in an understandable manner;

         (8)  Facilitating informed decision-making about testing, treatment, and management;

         (9)  Identifying and effectively using community resources that provide medical, educational, financial, and psychosocial support and advocacy; and

        (10)  Providing accurate written documentation of medical, genetic, and counseling information for families and health care professionals. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 451K-1

  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.