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.