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01:34:07 PM Presentation: Choose Respect: Initiative Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
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                  HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                                                                       
                     February 26, 2013                                                                                          
                         1:34 p.m.                                                                                              
1:34:03 PM                                                                                                                    
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
Co-Chair  Austerman   called  the  House   Finance  Committee                                                                   
meeting to order at 1:34 p.m.                                                                                                   
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
Representative Alan Austerman, Co-Chair                                                                                         
Representative Bill Stoltze, Co-Chair                                                                                           
Representative Mark Neuman, Vice-Chair                                                                                          
Representative Mia Costello                                                                                                     
Representative Bryce Edgmon                                                                                                     
Representative Les Gara                                                                                                         
Representative Lindsey Holmes                                                                                                   
Representative Scott Kawasaki, Alternate                                                                                        
Representative Cathy Munoz                                                                                                      
Representative Steve Thompson                                                                                                   
Representative Tammie Wilson                                                                                                    
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
Representative David Guttenberg                                                                                                 
ALSO PRESENT                                                                                                                  
Joseph  Masters, Commissioner,  Department  of Public  Safety                                                                   
(DPS);  Lauree   Morton,  Executive   Director,  Council   on                                                                   
Domestic  Violence  and  Sexual Assault;  Les  Morse,  Deputy                                                                   
Commissioner, Department  of Education and  Early Development                                                                   
(DEED); William  Streur, Commissioner,  Department  of Health                                                                   
and   Social  Services   (DHSS);   John  Skidmore,   Criminal                                                                   
Division  Director,  Department  of Law  (LAW);  Ron  Taylor,                                                                   
Deputy Commissioner,  Department of Corrections  (DOC); Stacy                                                                   
Schubert,   Director,  Governmental   Relations  and   Public                                                                   
Affairs, Alaska  Housing Finance  Corporation, Department  of                                                                   
Revenue (DOR).                                                                                                                  
PRESENT VIA TELECONFERENCE                                                                                                    
^PRESENTATION:  CHOOSE RESPECT:  INITIATIVE AGAINST  DOMESTIC                                                                 
VIOLENCE and SEXUAL ASSAULT                                                                                                   
1:34:07 PM                                                                                                                    
JOSEPH  MASTERS, COMMISSIONER,  DEPARTMENT  OF PUBLIC  SAFETY                                                                   
(DPS), provided  the PowerPoint  presentation "House  Finance                                                                   
Committee,  Domestic  Violence  & Sexual  Assault  Initiative                                                                   
(DVSA) Update (copy  on file)." He discussed  the reasons for                                                                   
the  initiative   and  the  choice   of  the   title  "Choose                                                                   
Respect."  The issue  was  a priority  for  the governor  and                                                                   
legislature. The  governor began  the initiative in  FY 2010.                                                                   
Domestic  violence  and  sexual  assault  were  occurring  in                                                                   
Alaska  at  epidemic  proportions. He  offered  that  "Choose                                                                   
Respect" was  not merely a  slogan, but was a  "comprehensive                                                                   
approach   to   community,   individual,   and   governmental                                                                   
involvements  for Alaskans  to end the  epidemic of  domestic                                                                   
violence and sexual assault."                                                                                                   
Commissioner Masters discussed Slide 2:                                                                                         
          History and development of the initiative                                                                             
Commissioner  Masters  shared that  not  only did  the  state                                                                   
want to address  the serious issue but communities  wanted to                                                                   
become  part of the  solution  as well. He  noted the  desire                                                                   
among  communities  to  break   the  silence  and  develop  a                                                                   
comprehensive  approach to  address the  very serious  issue.                                                                   
The administration  wanted to  develop an approach  to foster                                                                   
responsibility  and  community  ownership. A  core  component                                                                   
brought the  state agencies together to  work collaboratively                                                                   
towards  a   common  goal.  The  collaboration   extended  to                                                                   
external entities as well.                                                                                                      
Commissioner Masters moved to Slide 3:                                                                                          
     "Mission: To End the Epidemic"                                                                                             
          "Alaska can't reach its full potential until we                                                                       
          tackle the epidemic of domestic violence and                                                                          
          sexual assault.                                                                                                       
          We will shine the light of justice and a ray of                                                                       
          hope into places where domestic violence and                                                                          
          sexual assault have ruled.                                                                                            
          We will not rest until every Alaskan lives safe                                                                       
          from abuse."    Governor Sean Parnell                                                                                 
Commissioner  Masters shared  that  he was  a  member of  the                                                                   
Council  on  Domestic  Violence  and  Sexual  Assault  and  a                                                                   
husband  and  father.  He voiced  that  domestic  and  sexual                                                                   
violence  was  more  than public  safety  issues;  they  were                                                                   
human  rights,   spiritual,  community,  and   public  health                                                                   
issues.  The  initiative's  purpose   was  to  change  social                                                                   
norms, which would  take a long time. He explained  the shift                                                                   
in public  consciousness when  grassroots efforts  take place                                                                   
over  time.  He  stated  that  DVSA  like  other  significant                                                                   
initiatives  were long  term  and had  to  be instituted  for                                                                   
many years before change happened.                                                                                              
Commissioner Masters turned to Slide 4:                                                                                         
     "Goals and Measures of Success"                                                                                            
          Decrease victimization                                                                                                
          Decrease in perpetration                                                                                              
          Increase in offender accountability                                                                                   
          Increase in utilization and access to services                                                                        
          Increase in self-reporting or in reports of harm                                                                      
          Increase in primary prevention and protective                                                                         
          The primary measure was to increase in primary                                                                        
          prevention and protective                                                                                             
Commissioner  Masters remarked  that understanding  the scope                                                                   
of the problem was essential to address the issue.                                                                              
Commissioner Masters cited Slide 5:                                                                                             
   Comprehensive Approach                                                                                                       
        · Support for Survivors                                                                                                 
        · Prevention and Intervention                                                                                           
        · Law  Enforcement                                                                                                      
        · Coordination                                                                                                          
        · Data                                                                                                                  
Commissioner  Masters noted  the five  focus areas of  DVSA's                                                                   
comprehensive approach.                                                                                                         
1:43:35 PM                                                                                                                    
LAUREE  MORTON,  EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR,   COUNCIL  ON  DOMESTIC                                                                   
VIOLENCE  AND SEXUAL  ASSAULT,  discussed  the following  two                                                                   
slides. She presented Slide 6:                                                                                                  
     Intimate Partner Violence                                                                                                  
     Percent of adult women who experienced intimate                                                                            
     partner violence                                                                                                           
     Intimate Partner Violence      Lifetime Past Year                                                                          
     Alaska                         47.6%     9.4%                                                                              
     Fairbanks                      49.5%     10.8%                                                                             
     Anchorage                      42.2%     8.2%                                                                              
     Juneau                         47.1%     12.1%                                                                             
     Bristol Bay                    44.2%     12.3%                                                                             
     Sitka                          40.4%     5.1%                                                                              
     Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta          44.6%     13.6%                                                                             
     Kodiak                         38.4%     5.7%                                                                              
Ms.  Morton  explained  that the  slides  replicated  results                                                                   
from  regional   surveys  and   from  the  statewide   Alaska                                                                   
Victimization Survey  performed in  2010 and 2011.  She noted                                                                   
that the statewide  survey was included as appendix  B in the                                                                   
handout   titled,   "Choose    Respect   Governor   Parnell's                                                                   
Initiative  Against  Domestic  Violence and  Sexual  Assault,                                                                   
2013 LEGISLATIVE  REPORT" (copy  on file). She  reported that                                                                   
48  out   of  every  100   women  experienced   interpersonal                                                                   
violence  and  37   out  of  every  100   experienced  sexual                                                                   
violence.  The  regional  results   confirmed  the  statewide                                                                   
statistics.  The regional  results  were  not for  comparison                                                                   
purposes   but  for   the  individual   community  to   offer                                                                   
appropriate  strategies and  evaluate  results. She  believed                                                                   
the data was  conservative due to survey limitations  and the                                                                   
stigma  of reporting  victimization. She  detailed that  47.6                                                                   
percent  of Alaskan  women who  experienced Intimate  Partner                                                                   
Violence in their  lifetime represented 117,685  women and in                                                                   
the past year (2009) 23,240 women.                                                                                              
Ms. Morton addressed slide 7:                                                                                                   
     "Sexual Violence"                                                                                                          
     Percent of adult women who experienced sexual violence                                                                     
     Sexual Violence     Lifetime Past Year                                                                                     
     Alaska                         37.1%     4.3%                                                                              
     Fairbanks                      31.4%     2.7%                                                                              
     Anchorage                      29.6%     1.4%                                                                              
     Juneau                         35.3%     1.0%                                                                              
     Bristol Bay                    31.2%     4.4%                                                                              
     Sitka                          24.7%     2.4%                                                                              
     Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta          25.4%     5.1%                                                                              
     Kodiak                         22.9%     1.1%                                                                              
Ms.  Morton  explained   that  37.1  percent  of   women  who                                                                   
experienced  sexual violence  in  their lifetime  represented                                                                   
91,725  women  and  in  the  past  year  (2009)  4.3  percent                                                                   
represented  10,631.  She  thought   that  the  numbers  were                                                                   
LES MORSE, DEPUTY  COMMISSIONER, DEPARTMENT OF  EDUCATION AND                                                                   
EARLY  DEVELOPMENT   (DEED),  discussed  the  scope   of  the                                                                   
problem. He turned to slide 8:                                                                                                  
     "Scope of the Problem"                                                                                                     
          Percentage  of high school  students who  were ever                                                                   
          hit,  slapped,  or physically  hurt  on purpose  by                                                                   
          their  boyfriend or girlfriend  during the  past 12                                                                   
             Grades 9 -12 12.0% of all students                                                                                 
               13.4% of all male students                                                                                       
               10.5% of all female students                                                                                     
The  slide included  a  chart that  depicted  the results  by                                                                   
grade level.                                                                                                                    
Mr. Morse  commented that the  results were taken from  a bi-                                                                   
annual survey of high school students.                                                                                          
Mr. Morse discussed slide 9:                                                                                                    
     "Scope of the problem"                                                                                                     
          Percentage of high school students who had ever                                                                       
          been physically forced to have sexual intercourse                                                                     
          when they did not want to                                                                                             
         Given to children in alternative schools.                                                                              
               Grades 9 -12 9.2% of all students                                                                                
               7.2% of all male students                                                                                        
               11.3% of all female students                                                                                     
     •Females are more likely than males to have been                                                                           
      forced to have intercourse                                                                                                
The  slide included  a  chart that  depicted  the results  by                                                                   
grade level.                                                                                                                    
Mr. Morse expounded  that the survey was expanded  to include                                                                   
alternative  high  school  students,   which  typically  have                                                                   
higher percentages.                                                                                                             
WILLIAM  STREUR,  COMMISSIONER,   DEPARTMENT  OF  HEALTH  AND                                                                   
SOCIAL  SERVICES  (DHSS), offered  a  brief overview  of  the                                                                   
following slides. He cited Slide 10:                                                                                            
     "Adverse Childhood Experiences"                                                                                            
       Abuse (emotional, physical, and sexual abuse)                                                                            
          Household dysfunction Mother treated violently                                                                        
          (exposure to violence)                                                                                                
          Household substance abuse                                                                                             
          Household mental illness                                                                                              
          Incarcerated household member                                                                                         
Commissioner  Streur  indicated   that  one  of  the  largest                                                                   
studies  completed  centered   on  the  relationship  between                                                                   
childhood mistreatment  and effects  in adulthood.  The study                                                                   
was  a  collaboration  between  the  federal  government  and                                                                   
Kaiser Permemante that involved over 17 thousand members.                                                                       
Commissioner  Streur turned to  Slide 11: "Adverse  Childhood                                                                   
Experiences."  which  represented  adverse experiences  on  a                                                                   
pyramided   scale  from   conception   to  death:   Disrupted                                                                   
Neurodevelopment;    Social,    Emotional,   and    Cognitive                                                                   
Impairment;  Adoption  of  Health-risk   Behaviors;  Disease,                                                                   
Disability, Social Problems, and Early Death.                                                                                   
Commissioner Streur reviewed Slide 12:                                                                                          
     "Health Consequences"                                                                                                      
          Adverse    childhood    experiences    in    Alaska                                                                   
          contribute to costly public health issues                                                                             
          Alcoholism and alcohol abuse                                                                                          
          •Illicit drug use                                                                                                     
          •Risk for intimate partner violence                                                                                   
          •Sexually transmitted infections                                                                                      
               Suicide attempts                                                                                                 
            Early initiation of sexual activity                                                                                 
               Adolescent pregnancy                                                                                             
               Heart disease                                                                                                    
               Chronic lung disease                                                                                             
1:52:21 PM                                                                                                                    
Commissioner Masters highlighted slide 13:                                                                                      
 "Short Term Measures of Success"                                                                                               
   · Increased community awareness and involvement                                                                              
   · Increased reports to law enforcement                                                                                       
   · Increased utilization of victim services                                                                                   
Commissioner Masters discussed slide 14:                                                                                        
     "Community Involvement and Awareness"                                                                                      
           Number of Choose Respect Marches                                                                                     
Commissioner Masters  explained the  graph of the  "Number of                                                                   
Choose   Respect  Marches"   and  the   value  of   community                                                                   
involvement.  He noted that  participation focused  awareness                                                                   
in  a community.  Within  three  years 120  communities  held                                                                   
Commissioner Masters identified Slide 15:                                                                                       
     "120 Alaska Communities Engaged in 2012"                                                                                   
Commissioner Masters commented that the depicted map                                                                            
demonstrated that participation was statewide.                                                                                  
Commissioner Masters discussed Slide 16:                                                                                        
     "Alaska Uniform Crime Reports"                                                                                             
          Rate of Forcible Rape Reported to Law Enforcement                                                                     
          per 10,000                                                                                                            
Commissioner  Masters discussed the  graph that depicted  the                                                                   
reported  number  of  rapes  from  2007  to  2011.  The  rate                                                                   
increased  from  2007 until  2010  and  dropped in  2011.  He                                                                   
cautioned  that the 2011  data was  preliminary and  required                                                                   
further verification.                                                                                                           
Ms.  Morton  addressed  slide   17:  "Utilization  of  Victim                                                                   
Services."  The  slide  graphed Shelter  Nights  Provided  by                                                                   
Funded Victim  Service Providers and Victim  Service Programs                                                                   
Utilization Cost  per Shelter  Night. She delineated  that an                                                                   
increased utilization  of victim's services was  a measure of                                                                   
the  initiative's short  term  success. She  expected to  see                                                                   
the number  increase. She  added that  a steady increase  was                                                                   
seen from  2007 to 2012. The  cost per shelter night  had not                                                                   
risen  significantly over  the same  period ($24.  increase).                                                                   
She  added that  the council  tracked  other indicators.  She                                                                   
shared  some statistics.  The  number  of persons  served  in                                                                   
2012  was 9,349;  17 percent  men,  80 percent  women and  28                                                                   
percent  of the  women  served  had children.  She  continued                                                                   
that  73 percent  experienced domestic  violence, 19  percent                                                                   
experienced sexual  assault, 3 percent experienced  stalking,                                                                   
and  14  percent   experienced  other  violent   crimes.  The                                                                   
percentages  added  to  greater   than  100  percent  because                                                                   
victims suffered from multiple crimes.                                                                                          
Ms.  Morton listed  the executive  directors  of the  women's                                                                   
shelters  around   the  state:  Suzi  Pearson-AWAKE;   Elaine                                                                   
Rittgers-Arctic  Women  in  Crisis,  Barrow;  Dawn  McDevitt-                                                                   
Seaview  Counseling  Services,  Seward;  Saralyn  Tabachnick-                                                                   
AWARE,   Juneau;   Nicole  Songer-Cordova   Family   Resource                                                                   
Center;  Brenda  Stanfill-Interior  Alaska  Center  for  Non-                                                                   
Violent  Living, Fairbanks;  Rachel  Romberg-South  Peninsula                                                                   
Haven   House,   Homer;   Michelle    DeWitt-Tundra   Women's                                                                   
Coalition,  Bethel;  Ginger  Baim-SAFE,  Dilllingham;  Vickie                                                                   
D'Amico-SAVE, Sitka.                                                                                                            
Ms.  Morton related  that  the shelters  were  open 24  hours                                                                   
each day and provided a "safety net" for victims.                                                                               
Ms. Morton discussed Slide 18:                                                                                                  
     2013 Alaska Dashboard                                                                                                      
     33 population indicators: Childhood exposure to                                                                            
     Child and youth victimization                                                                                              
     Adult and elder victimization                                                                                              
     Reports of harm                                                                                                            
     Utilization of services                                                                                                    
     Reports to law enforcement                                                                                                 
     Offender accountability                                                                                                    
     Primary prevention and protective factors                                                                                  
     Used to assess trends and progress over the life of                                                                        
     the initiative                                                                                                             
     Progress: o Satisfactory                                                                                                   
               o Uncertain                                                                                                      
               o Needs improvement                                                                                              
     2nd year of publication                                                                                                    
     Updated annually                                                                                                           
Ms. Morton commented  that the dashboard was  another tool to                                                                   
measure   the   initiatives   effectiveness.   (Included   in                                                                   
appendix  "c" of  the  "Choose Respect"  Legislative  Report)                                                                   
The dashboard provided  a "concrete guideline"  for the state                                                                   
to  assess  progress.  The dashboard  data  helped  determine                                                                   
whether  a  project  had  a  connection   to  key  population                                                                   
indicators.  New  to  the 2013  dashboard  was  the  trending                                                                   
charts  that   will  provide  an   "at  a  glance"   view  of                                                                   
developing trends  in the future.  Colored dots were  used to                                                                   
grade  the  progress  of  state   divisions  responsible  for                                                                   
individual  indicators  and  to   assess  effectiveness.  The                                                                   
council  reviewed  the  progress  of DVSA  programs  and  the                                                                   
measured progress  provided opportunity  to encourage  dialog                                                                   
within communities and engage people about the issues.                                                                          
2:01:40 PM                                                                                                                    
Ms. Morton examined Slide 19:                                                                                                   
     Long Term Measure of Success                                                                                               
          The Alaska Victimization Survey is the baseline                                                                       
          data for victimization rates                                                                                          
          •Decrease in past year estimates of intimate                                                                          
           partner and sexual violence                                                                                          
          •Will be replicated in 2015                                                                                           
Ms.  Morton  stated  that  the council  did  not  expect  the                                                                   
lifetime   indicators  to   change,  but   the  past   year's                                                                   
indicators  were expected  to decrease.  She appreciated  the                                                                   
participants  in  the  survey.  The  participants  wanted  to                                                                   
provide the information in order to help other victims.                                                                         
Ms. Morton moved to Slide 20:                                                                                                   
     "Funding by Key Priority Area"                                                                                             
          1) Prevention and Intervention                                                                                        
          2) Support for Survivors                                                                                              
          3) Law Enforcement                                                                                                    
Ms. Morton introduced Slide 21:                                                                                                 
     Highlights: Prevention and Intervention                                                                                    
          Prevention Summit                                                                                                     
          Fourth R                                                                                                              
          Family Violence Prevention Project                                                                                    
Ms.  Morton  stated  that  the   Prevention  Summit  held  in                                                                   
November  2012,  supported  the  growth  of  local  community                                                                   
prevention.  The summit  brought together  14 communities  to                                                                   
enhance   or    develop   prevention   plans.    The   summit                                                                   
participants  carried  on throughout  the  year with  support                                                                   
and  technical assistance  for  the communities  in order  to                                                                   
implement the prevention plans.                                                                                                 
Mr.  Morse interjected  that Fourth  R  was a  "comprehensive                                                                   
curriculum  designed to  reduce violence  and risk  behaviors                                                                   
and to focus  on healthy relationships and  decision making."                                                                   
The  curriculum served  students in  grades 7  through 9.  He                                                                   
noted that  18.1 percent of schools,  100 teachers ,  and 100                                                                   
community partners were trained to utilize the program.                                                                         
Commissioner  Streur  explained   that  the  Family  Violence                                                                   
Prevention  Project  was  created   to  support  13  regional                                                                   
multi-disciplinary  training teams  of  teacher, health  care                                                                   
professionals,  behavioral  health  specialists,  and  teens.                                                                   
The  teams provided  community training  on adolescent  brain                                                                   
development,  substance  abuse, dating  violence  prevention,                                                                   
and   other   subjects.   He    briefly   described   various                                                                   
communities'  strategies to  utilize the  project.  He  noted                                                                   
that  the  project  provided   training  on  the  effects  of                                                                   
violence  on children and  brain development  to 689  service                                                                   
providers  throughout  the  state. The  project  developed  a                                                                   
curriculum  on adverse childhood  experiences and  resiliency                                                                   
to the  Department of  Corrections and  trained 24  staffers.                                                                   
Alaska was the  first state in the country  to educate prison                                                                   
inmates in parenting  programs about the impacts  of violence                                                                   
on children.                                                                                                                    
Stacy Schubert,  Director, Governmental Relations  and Public                                                                   
Affairs, Alaska  Housing Finance  Corporation, Department  of                                                                   
Revenue introduced Slide 22:                                                                                                    
     Highlights: Support for Survivors                                                                                          
         Empowering Choice Housing Voucher Program                                                                              
          Adult Protective Services                                                                                             
          Trauma Informed Care                                                                                                  
          Family Wellness Warriors                                                                                              
Ms.  Schubert  offered  that   in  FY  2013  the  legislature                                                                   
approved $1.34  million in capital  funding to  aide families                                                                   
displaced due  to domestic violence  and sexual  assault with                                                                   
the Empowering  Choice Housing  Program.  The  Alaska Housing                                                                   
Finance  Corporation  (AHFC)  contributed  an  additional  $1                                                                   
million of federal  funds from a Moving to  Work block grant.                                                                   
The  funding  provided  200 vouchers  per  year.  The  Alaska                                                                   
Network  on Domestic  Violence and  Sexual Assault  (ANDVSA),                                                                   
AHFC, and CDVSA,  signed a memorandum of  understanding (MOU)                                                                   
for  the  program.  On  November  1,  2012  victims  received                                                                   
vouchers for  assistance for  up to  36 months. The  vouchers                                                                   
were  provided  through  referrals from  ANDVSA  agencies  in                                                                   
communities  where  AHFC currently  operated  Housing  Choice                                                                   
Voucher Program.  In communities  where AHFC did  not operate                                                                   
a voucher  program, Bethel, Cordova,  and Nome  the referrals                                                                   
received  preferential   placement  on  the   public  housing                                                                   
waiting  list. Currently  nine  families  occupied a  voucher                                                                   
unit and 19 more families were eligible.                                                                                        
2:09:48 PM                                                                                                                    
Commissioner  Streur  continued   to  discuss  slide  22.  He                                                                   
reported   that  an   appropriation   for  Adult   Protective                                                                   
Services  was   intended  to   increase  the  protection   of                                                                   
vulnerable  adults and  ensure the quality  of services.  The                                                                   
funding provided  three additional Adult Protective  Services                                                                   
workers  located in  for  Fairbanks, Anchorage,  and  Juneau.                                                                   
The  goals   were  to  provide   better  evaluation   of  new                                                                   
providers   and  onsite   review   of  providers,   technical                                                                   
assistance  and  training,  timely  completion  of  complaint                                                                   
investigation,  and reports  of  findings  and sanctions.  He                                                                   
detailed  that   the  outcome  the  outcome  was   to  ensure                                                                   
vulnerable   adults  protection   from  abuse,  neglect   and                                                                   
exploitation.  The  department's  effectiveness  measure  was                                                                   
the  percent of  substantiated  reports of  abuse or  neglect                                                                   
and  the   average  time   it  took   DHSS  to  initiate   an                                                                   
investigation.  He  wanted  to ensure  that  DHSS  facilities                                                                   
were safe and free from reports of harm.                                                                                        
Commissioner Streur  continued with an explanation  of Trauma                                                                   
Informed Care, which  dealt with the juvenile  justice system                                                                   
through  the Division  of Juvenile  Justice (DJJ).  Trainings                                                                   
in   Trauma  Informed   Care  were   administered  in   youth                                                                   
facilities   around  the   state.  The   pilot  program   was                                                                   
conducted  at  the  McLaughlin  Youth  Center  in  2009.  The                                                                   
screenings ascertained  that 70 percent  of the youth  in the                                                                   
detention unit and  all youth in the institutional  treatment                                                                   
unit  admitted  to  a  history  of  some  type  of  abuse  or                                                                   
neglect.  He  stated  that  after   the  staff  received  the                                                                   
training  the number  of resident  restraint incidences  fell                                                                   
significantly  from 46.2  per  year to  5.2 per  year and  in                                                                   
detention  restraints  fell from  29  to 1.8  restraints  per                                                                   
year.  The  decline  in  restraints  was  attributed  to  the                                                                   
enhanced communication  skill techniques with  the residents.                                                                   
He added  that the  Alaska Child  Trauma Center supported  by                                                                   
the Division  of Behavioral  Health, partnered  with the  Co-                                                                   
Occuring  Disorders  Institute  in the  Matanuska  -  Susitna                                                                   
Valley  and  launched  the  statewide   training  program  to                                                                   
improve the responses  to trauma. A total of  1,577 providers                                                                   
in all  areas of children's  services were trained  in Trauma                                                                   
Informed  Care. He  addressed  the Family  Wellness  Warriors                                                                   
Program.  The   program  was   complementary  to   the  Rural                                                                   
Community  Pilot  Project. The  program  was founded  in  the                                                                   
Southcentral   Foundation   located   in  Anchorage.      The                                                                   
program's long term  outcome was to provide  communities with                                                                   
education,  training, leadership  development, and  technical                                                                   
assistance to  aid community leaders  in an effort  to reduce                                                                   
family violence.                                                                                                                
JOHN  SKIDMORE,  CRIMINAL DIVISION  DIRECTOR,  DEPARTMENT  OF                                                                   
LAW (LAW), addressed slide 23:                                                                                                  
   "Highlights: Law Enforcement"                                                                                                
     · Child in Need of Aid Attorneys                                                                                           
     · Sex Offender Management                                                                                                  
     · Fairbanks misdemeanant Probationer Accountability                                                                        
        Certain Enforcement Project                                                                                             
     · More meaningful law enforcement presence                                                                                 
Mr.  Skidmore  stated  that  department   attorneys  provided                                                                   
representation   for   abused   children.  He   shared   that                                                                   
accountability was  an important factor  in Child In  Need of                                                                   
Aid  (CHINA)  cases.  The  adult  perpetrator  must  be  held                                                                   
responsible;  abusive  parents  could  have  parental  rights                                                                   
terminated.  Additional CHINA  attorneys  were designated  to                                                                   
areas  of the state  with a  high rate  of domestic  violence                                                                   
and   CHINA   cases.   The   additional   attorneys   had   a                                                                   
"significant  impact"  on  the  cases. The  cases  were  more                                                                   
complex and the  added focus and resources was  a "tremendous                                                                   
value." He  stated that it  was difficult to  measure success                                                                   
in CHINA  cases but the  additional resources already  had an                                                                   
RON TAYLOR,  DEPUTY COMMISSIONER,  DEPARTMENT OF  CORRECTIONS                                                                   
(DOC),  discussed slide  23:  "Sex Offender  Management."  He                                                                   
detailed  the strategy.  He explained that  the Sex  Offender                                                                   
Management  Program   had  two   components.       The  first                                                                   
component  was to  expand  the Bethel  program.  Unsuccessful                                                                   
Request  for   Proposals  (RFP)   lead  DOC  to   find  other                                                                   
strategies   for   the  program's   expansion.   The   second                                                                   
component  duplicated  the type  of sex  offender  management                                                                   
program  at  the  Lemon  Creek  Correctional  Center  to  the                                                                   
medium  and  minimum  offenders at  the  Palmer  Correctional                                                                   
Center.  He expected to  have a  provider by  the end  of the                                                                   
fiscal  year for  20  participants  waiting for  the  program                                                                   
currently in "pre-treatment."                                                                                                   
2:18:50 PM                                                                                                                    
Mr.   Taylor   turned   to   the    "Fairbanks   Misdemeanant                                                                   
Probationer  Accountability   Certain  Enforcement   project"                                                                   
listed  on slide  23.  He relayed  that  9 participants  were                                                                   
currently  in  the  program.  One goal  of  the  program  was                                                                   
increased  victim   participation  and  safety.   The  victim                                                                   
worked with the  probation officer in misdemeanant  cases for                                                                   
support   and    security.   Another   goal    was   offender                                                                   
accountability  for  misdemeanant  domestic  violence  cases.                                                                   
The  nine  participants  in the  program  had  not  committed                                                                   
further assaults against the victims.                                                                                           
Commissioner Masters  highlighted slide 23:  "More meaningful                                                                   
law enforcement  presence." He  explained that a  keystone of                                                                   
the  DVSA initiative  was  to place  a  "more meaningful  law                                                                   
enforcement  presence" in  any  community of  the state  that                                                                   
requested support.  One approach was to place  Village Public                                                                   
Safety  Officers (VPSO)  in rural  communities. The  approach                                                                   
was  both  promising  and  challenging.   The  administration                                                                   
increased the  number of VPSO's  from 45 to the  mid-90 since                                                                   
2008.  The  department  increased   VPSO  training  and  also                                                                   
included  VPO's (Village  Police  Officer)  in the  training.                                                                   
The  department also  enhanced efforts  to enforce  technical                                                                   
crimes  via  the internet:  predation,  and  distribution  of                                                                   
child  pornography. Additional  investigators  were added  to                                                                   
major crimes  units for adult  sexual crimes.  The department                                                                   
was  placing  a   higher  priority  to  fill   State  Trooper                                                                   
positions in rural  areas and added several  new positions in                                                                   
communities where the criminal activity occurred.                                                                               
Commissioner Masters turned to Slide 24:                                                                                        
     "Highlights: FY 2014 Governor's Budget"                                                                                    
          Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act - $1.4M                                                                      
          •Strengthening Families - $250.0                                                                                      
          •Child Advocacy Centers - $400.0                                                                                      
          •Community Based Prevention Efforts - $300.0                                                                          
          •New and Emerging Programs - $250.0                                                                                   
          •3 Prosecutors and 1 Victim Witness Paralegal for                                                                     
           child abuse cases - $815.0                                                                                           
     Victim Information and Notification Everyday - $80.0                                                                       
     3 Trooper Investigators for child sexual abuse and sex                                                                     
     trafficking - $827.2                                                                                                       
     Village Public Safety Officer Program - $2,972.6                                                                           
     Low interest loans for Village Public Safety Officer                                                                       
     Housing - $1.0M                                                                                                            
     Empowering Choices Program - $1.5M                                                                                         
Commissioner  Masters  noted the  details  of the  highlights                                                                   
were included  in appendix  "a" of  the governor's  report to                                                                   
the  legislature   ("Choose  Respect"   copy  on   file).  He                                                                   
summarized   the  three   primary  strategy   areas  of   the                                                                   
initiative:  prevention,  survivor   services,  and  offender                                                                   
accountability.  The highlights fit  within the framework  of                                                                   
the strategies.                                                                                                                 
Ms. Morton discussed Slide 25:                                                                                                  
   "Increased Coordination"                                                                                                     
     · Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault                                                                          
        statutory responsibility                                                                                                
          o Memorandum of understanding between state                                                                           
          o Initiative workgroups                                                                                               
          o Interdepartmental prevention coordination                                                                           
          o Community level involvement                                                                                         
Ms. Morton  detailed that  the DVSA  initiative provided  the                                                                   
opportunity   for   increased  coordination   between   state                                                                   
departments  and  also amongst  community  stakeholders.  The                                                                   
council developed  a memorandum of understanding  between the                                                                   
departments  that sit on  the council:  DPS, DOL, DOC,  DEED,                                                                   
and  DHSS.  The   purpose  was  to  coordinate   the  state's                                                                   
response  to  DVSA  crimes. She  added  that  the  Initiative                                                                   
Workgroups was  another approach  by the council  to increase                                                                   
coordination  efforts.  The  workgroups  were  "think  tanks"                                                                   
comprised of  all DVSA  stakeholders, tasked with  developing                                                                   
ideas to  move the  initiative goals  forward. The  workgroup                                                                   
suggested that  prevention and early childhood  exposure were                                                                   
areas  to emphasize.  The areas  were the  correct "place  to                                                                   
start to  shift social  norms." The  workgroup also  examined                                                                   
data to help  review and evaluate strategies  and discuss how                                                                   
to proceed with  the implementation of strategies.  She noted                                                                   
that   the  council   began   "interdepartmental   prevention                                                                   
coordination"  with the different  departments and  divisions                                                                   
were  working on  overlapping  strategies.  The  goal was  to                                                                   
cohesively  address   the  issues   of  DVSA.  Finally,   the                                                                   
community  level  involvement   had  dramatically  increased.                                                                   
Opportunities for  adults and teens to apply  for mini grants                                                                   
($5,000 to $10,000)  and implement projects to  help end DVSA                                                                   
in their communities were in place.                                                                                             
2:29:01 PM                                                                                                                    
Ms. Morton reviewed Slide 26:                                                                                                   
     "Prevention Success"                                                                                                       
          o Stand Up Speak Up                                                                                                   
          o Girls on the Run                                                                                                    
          o When I Am and Elder                                                                                                 
          o Lead On!                                                                                                            
          o Fourth R                                                                                                            
          o Green Dot                                                                                                           
          o Alaska Men Choose Respect/Real Alaska Men                                                                           
          o Coaching Boys Into Men                                                                                              
Ms. Morton  discussed the  various programs.  She noted  that                                                                   
the  first five  programs  were focused  on  youth and  youth                                                                   
leadership to encourage  the "attitude of respect."  Girls on                                                                   
the Run provided  girls aged 8 through 13 the  opportunity to                                                                   
run  with  a  female  mentor  and  also  explore  self-esteem                                                                   
building  and self-respect  to help  instill those  qualities                                                                   
at a young age.  She explained that the "When  I Am an Elder"                                                                   
program  was   designed  to  promote  "respect,   peace,  and                                                                   
equality." Based  on a poem by  a Bethel teen that  created a                                                                   
vision for  what the  world should look  like when  they were                                                                   
an elder  living without  domestic and  sexual violence.  She                                                                   
related  that  Lead  On!  was an  opportunity  for  youth  to                                                                   
participate  in a  conference  where they  develop and  teach                                                                   
other  youth  ways  to  "stand up  and  be  respectful."  She                                                                   
stated that Green  Dot provided an opportunity  for adults to                                                                   
participate  in "bi-stander intervention."  The approach  was                                                                   
a way  for individuals to learn  about the potential  ways to                                                                   
help  intervene  in  sexual  assault  and  domestic  violence                                                                   
situations   by   equipping  community   members   with   the                                                                   
necessary  skills.  The  goal  was to  integrate  moments  of                                                                   
intervention in  everyday life. She remarked that  Alaska Men                                                                   
Choose Respect/Real  Alaska Men  encouraged men and  youth to                                                                   
explore  ways to  end DVSA.  Lastly, Coaching  Boys Into  Men                                                                   
provided an  opportunity for high  school coaches  to discuss                                                                   
respectful  treatment of  themselves, girls,  and women  with                                                                   
their team members for 12 week, 15 minute interactions.                                                                         
Ms. Morton concluded with slide 27:                                                                                             
     "Concluding Remarks"                                                                                                       
          Unaddressed  violence in  families leaves  Alaska's                                                                   
          young   people   vulnerable  to   experiencing   of                                                                   
          recreating   violent  patterns  within   their  own                                                                   
          relationships.    Fortunately,  domestic  violence,                                                                   
          dating    violence,   and   sexual    assault   are                                                                   
Ms.  Morton shared  that ultimately  it was  important to  do                                                                   
whatever was  possible to tackle  the serious issue  of DVSA,                                                                   
regardless of the outcome.                                                                                                      
Co-Chair  Austerman commended  the  overview  and the  people                                                                   
who  were doing  the  hard work  on the  "front  lines."   He                                                                   
stated  that  the governor's  initiative  elevated  knowledge                                                                   
about the issue.                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Austerman  asked about slide  6 and wondered  how to                                                                   
equate  the  lifetime  versus  the past  year  statistics  to                                                                   
ascertain the  scope of  the issue. Ms.  Morton did  not feel                                                                   
the  two  were   exclusive  and  both  created   an  accurate                                                                   
representation.   She  responded   that  the  lifetime   data                                                                   
provided a  point in  time to reference.  The past  year data                                                                   
was  the   active  year  when   declines  were   expected  to                                                                   
determine whether the initiative was changing norms.                                                                            
Co-Chair  Austerman asked  about  missions  and measures  and                                                                   
the need  to measure  accountability for  the initiative.  He                                                                   
asked how accountable  the initiative was and  when the total                                                                   
cost of the program could be determined.                                                                                        
2:39:50 PM                                                                                                                    
Commissioner  Streur responded  that accountability  depended                                                                   
on  the  project.  He  exemplified   the  vulnerable  adults'                                                                   
increment  in  the budget  and  expected  measurable  results                                                                   
next year. Some  of the prevention projects  might take years                                                                   
to  experience   change.  He  observed  that   accountability                                                                   
varied   "significantly"  depending   on   the  project.   He                                                                   
advocated  measuring  "everything"   for  "effectiveness  and                                                                   
Commissioner  Masters  added  that  accountability  would  be                                                                   
measured  by the  results  of  the past  year  data from  the                                                                   
surveys  in 2015  for  victimization. He  noted  that it  was                                                                   
more  difficult to  gather timely  information for  measuring                                                                   
reporting. The  active data  took one year  to 18  months. He                                                                   
believed that  measuring the effectiveness of  strategies was                                                                   
vital.  He exemplified  VPSO  placement  in communities.  The                                                                   
VPSO program  had a  positive effect on  crime and  the rates                                                                   
that  serious  crime  was  prosecuted.   Villages  with  VPSO                                                                   
experienced  a  40  percent  reduction  in  serious  physical                                                                   
injury from  assault and  lower rates  of suicide.  Placement                                                                   
of  VPSOs  in  communities  was  an  effective  strategy.  He                                                                   
thought  that  prevention  showed   a  cumulative  effect  on                                                                   
dollar costs as well as human costs.                                                                                            
Co-Chair Austerman  appreciated the work on  coordination. He                                                                   
was  concerned about  the  costs  of duplicated  efforts.  He                                                                   
wanted to see  more funding coordination  without duplication                                                                   
between  all  of  the  different  entities  involved  in  the                                                                   
Vice-Chair  Neuman asked  about "costs  and measurables."  He                                                                   
wondered  how to create  a "methodology"  to measure  success                                                                   
against the financial  costs of programs. He cited  page 4 of                                                                   
the   "Choose  Respect"   report   and   asked  whether   the                                                                   
initiative measured  the financial  costs when measuring  the                                                                   
goals for  determining success.  Commissioner Masters  stated                                                                   
that the  cumulative amount spent  on the initiative  was not                                                                   
determined.  The  issue  was  so  far  reaching  and  complex                                                                   
definitive costs were difficult to determine.                                                                                   
Vice-Chair  Neuman stated  that "the rate  of recidivism  was                                                                   
92 percent  for people who  commit sexually violent  crimes."                                                                   
He believed  the only  solution was  imprisonment due  to the                                                                   
criminal's propensity for sexual predation.                                                                                     
2:49:04 PM                                                                                                                    
Commissioner  Masters  responded   that  the  recidivism  and                                                                   
rehabilitation question  was best answered by DOC.  The worst                                                                   
cases required  incarceration. He stated that  the repetitive                                                                   
misdemeanant  needed a "mechanism"  for rehabilitation  other                                                                   
than incarceration  because it "did  not work" and  created a                                                                   
revolving door of incarceration, which was more expensive.                                                                      
Representative  Kawasaki cited  slide 17  related to  shelter                                                                   
nights.  He wondered  whether  the  victims were  staying  in                                                                   
shelters  for longer  periods or  the number  of victims  was                                                                   
increasing. Ms.  Morton responded  that the answer  was both;                                                                   
victims were staying  longer and the numbers  of victims were                                                                   
Representative Kawasaki  asked how the shelter  night's costs                                                                   
were established.  Ms. Morton  explained that the  number was                                                                   
derived by taking  the amount of funds given  to the programs                                                                   
and dividing the amount into the number of shelter nights.                                                                      
Representative Kawasaki requested  a brief explanation of the                                                                   
types  of programs  offered in  shelters.  Ms. Morton  shared                                                                   
that shelters provided services  such as crisis lines, actual                                                                   
food and shelter, advocacy services,  and personal support. A                                                                   
wide  variety  of services  were  combined  in a  shelter  to                                                                   
provide support.                                                                                                                
Representative  Kawasaki wondered  whether the  reimbursement                                                                   
rates were adequate  to meet the shelter's needs.  Ms. Morton                                                                   
responded  that   the  current  DPS  House   budget  closeout                                                                   
included a  recommendation of  increased costs for  shelters.                                                                   
Shelters were  experiencing increased costs in  utilities and                                                                   
personnel.   Shelters were  an area of  need and  concern for                                                                   
the  council. She  appreciated the  legislature's efforts  to                                                                   
meet the need.                                                                                                                  
Representative  Gara  pointed to  slide  11 and  asked  about                                                                   
adverse childhood  experiences and  the impact on  the brain.                                                                   
He asked what  percentages of children were  reached in order                                                                   
to remedy  the impact  on the child.  He asked what  measures                                                                   
were taken to remedy the impacts on the brain.                                                                                  
Commissioner Streur  answered that the Kaiser  study provided                                                                   
the information and  he did know the percentages.  He offered                                                                   
to provide the information.                                                                                                     
Representative   Gara   asked   what  measures   were   being                                                                   
addressed  to  prevent  damage  to  the  child.  Commissioner                                                                   
Streur replied  that multiple  DHSS programs  such as  trauma                                                                   
informed care addressed the program.                                                                                            
Representative  Gara  wondered  whether services  similar  to                                                                   
trauma informed  care were provided  to children who  had not                                                                   
committed   crimes.  Commissioner   Streur  replied   in  the                                                                   
affirmative. The  problem was being addressed  throughout the                                                                   
department;  in  behavioral health,  Medicaid  services,  and                                                                   
department wide trauma informed care focus.                                                                                     
Representative   Kawasaki   asked    about   the   "Fairbanks                                                                   
Misdemeanant Probationer  Accountability Certain  Enforcement                                                                   
Project". He cited that nine people  were in the program. Mr.                                                                   
Taylor  replied in  the affirmative.  He  clarified that  the                                                                   
nine   were   included   in    the   current   fiscal   year.                                                                   
Representative  Kawasaki thought that  was a small  amount of                                                                   
participants compared  to the $200 thousand  cost. Mr. Taylor                                                                   
responded  that  the  initial  pilot  intended  to  serve  20                                                                   
people.  He  added that  DOC  was  working with  the  courts,                                                                   
governor's  office, DOL,  and  public defenders  in order  to                                                                   
increase the numbers. Part of  the problem was the difficulty                                                                   
placing misdemeanants on consenting formal supervision.                                                                         
3:00:34 PM                                                                                                                    
Representative   Holmes   asked  at   what   point  did   the                                                                   
increasing  reporting  or  incident  numbers  indicating  the                                                                   
initiative's success  move from being a positive  result to a                                                                   
negative  result.   Commissioner  Masters  stated   that  the                                                                   
answer  was  unknown.  He  stated that  part  of  the  answer                                                                   
involved trending  statistics. If the rates  of victimization                                                                   
were trending  down and reporting  increased that was  a good                                                                   
result in the short term.                                                                                                       
Representative  Edgmon  referenced  slide  5  and  recognized                                                                   
that the  initiative was only two  years along in a  ten year                                                                   
program.  He  pointed  to  the   various  bullet  points  and                                                                   
wondered where the  program was on a scale of  one to ten. He                                                                   
noted that the numbers kept increasing.                                                                                         
Commissioner  Masters  responded  that  the timeline  of  the                                                                   
initiative  was  only  two  and   one  half  years  into  the                                                                   
initiative.   He   commented   that  different   areas   were                                                                   
progressing  at  different  paces  in line  with  effort.  He                                                                   
agreed that  the law enforcement  side was further  along. He                                                                   
mentioned  the  different  prevention programs  and  noted  a                                                                   
recent more comprehensive effort in the prevention area.                                                                        
Commissioner   Streur  stated  that   a  new  generation   of                                                                   
perpetrators  emerged  that won't  be  affected  much by  the                                                                   
initiative.  The  initiative  was  attempting  to  deal  with                                                                   
current  intervention  while  trying to  reach  the  upcoming                                                                   
generation  with  prevention. He  offered  that  most of  the                                                                   
intervention  and prevention  services  were barely  adequate                                                                   
to  reach  a   small  percentage  of  needy   recipients.  He                                                                   
believed  that even small  efforts were  necessary to  figure                                                                   
out   solutions.  Prevention   and   coordination  could   be                                                                   
developed more fully.  He was a strong advocate  of using the                                                                   
scorecard to evaluate,  qualify and quantify efforts.  He did                                                                   
not think the  challenges of DVSA were fully  identified yet.                                                                   
He believed there was a long way to go.                                                                                         
Co-Chair   Austerman   stated   that  the   committee   would                                                                   
constantly   review  the   program  in   order  to   identify                                                                   
3:09:16 PM                                                                                                                    
The meeting was adjourned at 3:09 p.m.                                                                                          

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
FINAL DVSA Initiative 2013 Legislative Report.pdf HFIN 2/26/2013 1:30:00 PM
DVSA Initiative Report
02.18.2013 Finance Co-Chairs Letter_DVSA Initiative 2013 Legislative Report.pdf HFIN 2/26/2013 1:30:00 PM
DVSA Initiative Letter
02 26 13 House Finance Presentation - DVSA Initiative Update.pdf HFIN 2/26/2013 1:30:00 PM
DVSA Initiative Update Presentation HFIN