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HB 183: "An Act relating to the duties of the Department of Health and Social Services; relating to the duties of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development; and relating to staffing and wage standards for the Alaska Psychiatric Institute."

00                             HOUSE BILL NO. 183                                                                          
01 "An Act relating to the duties of the Department of Health and Social Services; relating                                
02 to the duties of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development; and relating to                                     
03 staffing and wage standards for the Alaska Psychiatric Institute."                                                      
04 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
05    * Section 1. AS 18.05.020 is amended to read:                                                                      
06 Sec. 18.05.020. Department to report activities. The department shall                                                 
07 prepare an annual report of its activities and notify the legislature not later than 10                                 
08 days after it convenes that the report is available. If the department is not able to                               
09 meet the staffing standards for an adult civil unit in the state psychiatric hospital                               
10       developed under AS 47.30.660(c), the department shall include in the                                          
11       department's annual report the following information:                                                         
12                 (1)  the number of employees who vacated positions during the                                       
13       reporting period;                                                                                             
14                 (2)  the number of funded positions that are vacant;                                                
01                 (3)  a description of efforts made to recruit and retain employees;                                 
02                 (4)  if the department determines additional employee positions are                                 
03       necessary to meet the standards, the number and cost of the additional positions;                             
04       and                                                                                                           
05                 (5)  if the department determines additional funding is necessary to                                
06       meet the standards, the amount of and purposes for the additional funding.                                    
07    * Sec. 2. AS 23.10.055(b) is amended to read:                                                                      
08            (b)  Notwithstanding (c) of this section,                                                                    
09                 (1)  an individual employed in a bona fide executive, administrative, or                            
10 professional capacity shall be compensated on a salary or fee basis at a rate of not less                               
11 than two times the state minimum wage for the first 40 hours of employment each                                         
12       week, exclusive of board or lodging that is furnished by the individual's employer;                           
13 (2)  a health care provider employed by the state psychiatric                                                       
14 hospital located in Anchorage, Alaska, shall be compensated at a rate of not less                                   
15 than the current prevailing rate of wages for work of a similar nature in                                           
16 Anchorage, Alaska, as determined by the department; in this paragraph, "health                                      
17       care provider" has the meaning given in AS 47.30.660(c).                                                      
18    * Sec. 3. AS 47.30.660 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                              
19 (c)  The department shall, for the state psychiatric hospital located in                                                
20       Anchorage, Alaska,                                                                                                
21 (1)  continuously maintain and operate at least 55 beds in an adult civil                                               
22       unit;                                                                                                             
23 (2)  develop and implement safe staffing standards for an adult civil                                                   
24       unit;                                                                                                             
25 (3)  pay each health care provider employed by the hospital not less                                                    
26 than the current prevailing rate of wages for work of a similar nature in Anchorage,                                    
27 Alaska, as determined by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development; in                                          
28 this paragraph, "health care provider" means a physician, physician assistant, dentist,                                 
29 dental hygienist, osteopath, optometrist, chiropractor, registered nurse, practical nurse,                              
30 advanced practice registered nurse, naturopath, physical therapist, occupational                                        
31 therapist, marital and family therapist, professional counselor, psychologist,                                          
01       psychological associate, behavior analyst, assistant behavior analyst, or licensed                                
02       clinical social worker.                                                                                           
03    * Sec. 4. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                          
04 read:                                                                                                                   
05       APPLICABILITY. AS 23.10.055(b), as amended by sec. 2 of this Act, and                                             
06 AS 47.30.660(c)(3), enacted by sec. 3 of this Act, apply to contracts entered into, amended,                            
07 extended, or renewed on or after the effective date of this Act.