Legislature(2007 - 2008)
2007-06-20 House JournalFull Journal pdf
2007-06-20 House Journal Page 1481 HB 96 The following was engrossed and enrolled, signed by the Speaker and Chief Clerk, President and Secretary of the Senate, and the engrossed and enrolled copies were transmitted to the Office of the Governor at 3:06 p.m., June 11, 2007: CONFERENCE CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 96 "An Act making appropriations for the operating and capital expenses of the state's integrated comprehensive mental health program; and providing for an effective date." Also transmitted was a copy of the following letter dated May 24, 2007, to Dr. William Doolittle, MD, Chair, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority: "Dear Dr. Doolittle: In accordance with AS 37.14.005(c), this letter describes changes made by the legislature to the Governor's amended state's comprehensive mental health program for FY08 as appropriated in CCS HB 96. The enclosed capital report and spreadsheet compares CCS HB 96 to the Mental Health Trust Authority's budget recommendations. After adjustments for PERS reductions (a $4.3 million decrease), the legislature's budget is $7.4 million less than the Trust recommendations and $2.1 million less than the Governor's request. The Legislature accepted the Trust's increment requests for the following major programs: • $1,255,000 for a variety of education programs to encourage Health Care Service Careers in Alaska. These programs include Marketing Strategies, Recruitment, Training Centers, and Loan Forgiveness; • $700,000 to create an Autism Disabilities Council and maintain the Alaska Autism Resource Center. The Legislature accepted a portion of the Trust's increment requests for the following programs: 2007-06-20 House Journal Page 1482 • $4,564,000 (of the $6,064.0 requested) for Bring-The-Kids- Home programs; • $1,050,000 (of the $1,695.0 requested) for Detox Treatment Capacity and Sleep-Off Alternatives. The Legislature did not accept (and the Governor did not request) the Trust's increment requests for the following programs: • $2,000,000 for Behavioral Health Community Treatment program; • $2,000,000 for Substance Abuse Services Continuum of Care program. The Legislature accepted the Governor's $16.1 million capital request (although this request was $4.1 million below the Trust's recommendation). Highlights include funding for the Southcentral Foundation Eklutna Residential Psychiatric Treatment Center ($7 million); Deferred Maintenance and Americans with Disabilities Act Improvement Grants ($2 million); Beneficiary and Special Needs Housing ($1.8 million); Homeless Assistance Program ($1.5 million); and Mental Health Trust Land Development and Facilities Maintenance Programs ($1 million). We appreciate the good working relationship that has been established between the Trust and the Legislature enabling us to address many issues in creative and efficient ways that would not otherwise be possible. If you have any questions, please contact Gary Zepp of the Legislative Finance Division at 465-5410. Sincerely, /s/ Representative Mike Chenault Chair /s/ Senator Lyman Hoffman Vice Chair Enclosure" 2007-06-20 House Journal Page 1483 Enclosed reports were transmitted to the Office of the Governor and they are on file in the Chief Clerk's office.