Legislature(2019 - 2020)
2020-03-13 House JournalFull Journal pdf
2020-03-13 House Journal Page 1875 HB 206 The following was 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 5:45 p.m., March 11: SENATE CS FOR CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 206(FIN) "An Act making appropriations for the operating and capital expenses of the state's integrated comprehensive mental health program; making supplemental appropriations; and providing for an effective date." The following letter dated March 12 to Ms. Mary Jane Michael, Chair, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, was transmitted to the Office of the Governor at 5:39 p.m., March 12: "Dear Ms. Michael: Pursuant to the requirements of AS 37.14.005(c), this letter and the enclosed report describe the funding for FY21 Mental Health programs. The appropriations contained in HB 206 follow the FY21 Mental Health Trust Authority's funding recommendations for the State's integrated comprehensive mental health program. While the statute requires reporting only on general fund expenditures, information regarding expenditures of Authority receipts is also included in the attached report. In HB 206 the Legislature appropriated all FY21 Mental Health Trust Authority recommendations. In additional to the Mental Health Trust Authority recommendations, HB 206 includes an FY20 supplemental appropriation for COVID-19 Virus Mitigation and Response. 2020-03-13 House Journal Page 1876 Below are the differences from HB 206 relative to the Governor's FY21 Mental Health Trust Authority budget proposal. • Legislature added unrestricted general fund match for the Public Defender Agency's implementation of Holistic Defense Project in Bethel consistent with Mental Health Trust Authority recommendation • Legislature added unrestricted general fund match for the DHSS Comprehensive Program planning coordinator consistent with Mental Health Trust Authority recommendation • Legislature added unrestricted general fund match for Senior and Disabilities Services Administration, IT Application/Telehealth Service System Improvements consistent with Mental Health Trust Authority recommendation • Legislature changed a portion of the fund source for the Pioneer Home from recidivism reduction funds to unrestricted general funds • Legislature changed a portion of the fund source for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery Grants from unrestricted general funds to recidivism reduction funds and marijuana education and treatment funds • Legislature maintained funding for suicide prevention grants at FY20 levels • Legislature added unrestricted general funds for DHSS Deferred Maintenance and Accessibility Improvements consistent with Mental Health Trust Authority recommendation • Legislature added unrestricted general fund for AHFC Beneficiary and Special Needs Housing and Homeless Assistance Improvements consistent with Mental Health Trust Authority recommendation The attached report provides a summary of the FY21 Mental Health appropriations included in HB 206. If you have questions regarding the enclosed reports, please contact Kelly Cunningham of the Legislative Finance Division at 465-3821. 2020-03-13 House Journal Page 1877 Sincerely, /s/ Representative Neal Foster Chair of House Finance Senator Bert Stedman Chair of Senate Finance Enclosures 1. FY21 Mental Health Appropriations Summary (HB 206)"