Legislature(2011 - 2012)BUTROVICH 205

02/13/2012 01:30 PM HEALTH & SOCIAL SERVICES


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01:35:06 PM Start
01:35:37 PM SB127
01:48:24 PM HCR20
01:57:53 PM Presentation: Alaska Youth Policy Summit
02:30:09 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ HCR 20 AMERICAN HEART MONTH TELECONFERENCED
Moved HCR 20 Out of Committee
*+ SB 127 FETAL ALCOHOL DISORDERS AWARENESS DAY TELECONFERENCED
Moved SB 127 Out of Committee
+ Presentation: TELECONFERENCED
A panel of young adults (18-24 yrs), representing
the Alaska Youth Policy Summit, will present
on issues related to foster care, OCS,
residential out-of-state treatment,
mental health and substance abuse issues. Hosted
by the Alaska Mental Health Board & Advisory
Board on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse, in
collaboration with Alaska's Bring the Kids Home
program, through a grant from the Alaska Mental
Health Trust Authority.
Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
      SENATE HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                    
                       February 13, 2012                                                                                        
                           1:35 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Bettye Davis, Chair                                                                                                     
Senator Kevin Meyer                                                                                                             
Senator Fred Dyson                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Dennis Egan                                                                                                             
Senator Johnny Ellis                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 127                                                                                                             
"An Act establishing September 9 each year as Fetal Alcohol                                                                     
Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day."                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED SB 127 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 20                                                                                              
Designating February 2012 as American Heart Month.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED HCR 20 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
PRESENTATION: ALASKA YOUTH POLICY SUMMIT                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HCR 20                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: AMERICAN HEART MONTH                                                                                               
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) P.WILSON                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
01/25/12       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
01/25/12       (H)       HSS                                                                                                    
01/31/12       (H)       HSS AT 3:00 PM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
01/31/12       (H)       Moved Out of Committee                                                                                 
01/31/12       (H)       MINUTE(HSS)                                                                                            
02/01/12       (H)       HSS RPT 4DP                                                                                            
02/01/12       (H)       DP: DICK, MILLER, HERRON, KELLER                                                                       
02/03/12       (H)       TRANSMITTED TO (S)                                                                                     
02/03/12       (H)       VERSION: HCR 20                                                                                        
02/06/12       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/06/12       (S)       HSS                                                                                                    
02/13/12       (S)       HSS AT 1:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB 127                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: FETAL ALCOHOL DISORDERS AWARENESS DAY                                                                              
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) MEYER                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
04/14/11       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
04/14/11       (S)       HSS                                                                                                    
02/13/12       (S)       HSS AT 1:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
KATE BURKHART, Executive Director                                                                                               
Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse                                                                                     
Alaska Mental Health Board                                                                                                      
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of SB 127.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
BECKY ROONEY, Staff                                                                                                             
Representative Peggy Wilson                                                                                                     
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Presented HCR 20 on behalf of the sponsor.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
DR. BOB URATA, Family Physician                                                                                                 
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of HCR 20.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
AMANDA METIVIER, Director                                                                                                       
Alaska Youth Policy Summit                                                                                                      
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified during the presentation of the                                                                  
Alaska Youth Policy Summit.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SLADE MARTIN                                                                                                                    
Palmer, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified during the presentation of the                                                                  
Alaska Youth Policy Summit.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
FHERRON HINES                                                                                                                   
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified during the presentation of the                                                                  
Alaska Youth Policy Summit.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
STEPHANIE KILPIETZ MCPEEKS                                                                                                      
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT: Testified  during  the  presentation of  the                                                             
Alaska Youth Policy Summit.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REBECCA SHIER                                                                                                                   
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT: Testified  during  the  presentation of  the                                                             
Alaska Youth Policy Summit.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
ILINA SAUCEDO                                                                                                                   
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT: Testified  during  the  presentation of  the                                                             
Alaska Youth Policy Summit.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:35:06 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR BETTYE DAVIS  called the Senate Health  and Social Services                                                             
Standing Committee meeting  to order at 1:35 p.m.  Present at the                                                               
call to order were Senators Dyson, Meyer, and Chair Davis.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
          SB 127-FETAL ALCOHOL DISORDERS AWARENESS DAY                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:35:37 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DAVIS announced  that the first order of  business would be                                                               
SB 127.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  KEVIN MEYER,  sponsor,  introduced SB  127, which  would                                                               
proclaim September  9 as Fetal Alcohol  Spectrum Disorders (FASD)                                                               
Awareness Day. He  said that FASD is caused  by prenatal exposure                                                               
to alcohol. FASD Day is  observed internationally on September 9.                                                               
He noted that in previous  years he had introduced FASD Awareness                                                               
Day and he felt that now was the  time to put it into statute. He                                                               
explained  that  the  bill  supports   a  good  effort  to  bring                                                               
attention  to  a  condition  that has  a  devastating  effect  on                                                               
Alaska, which  has the  highest rate  of FASD  in the  nation. He                                                               
pointed out that FASD can  result in brain damage, birth defects,                                                               
learning disabilities,  behavioral problems,  and the loss  of an                                                               
individual's potential;  however it  is preventable.  He stressed                                                               
that education is key to solving the problem of FASD.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DAVIS opened public testimony.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:39:02 PM                                                                                                                    
KATE BURKHART,  Executive Director, Advisory Board  on Alcoholism                                                               
and Drug Abuse,  Alaska Mental Health Board,  testified on behalf                                                               
of the boards  in support of SB 127. She  spoke of the advantages                                                               
of having  a day that  highlights the  risks of FASD.  She shared                                                               
statistics regarding risky behavior  during pregnancy. Alaska has                                                               
one of the highest rates of binge drinking among women of child-                                                                
bearing   age.   According   to  the   Behavioral   Risk   Factor                                                               
Surveillance  Survey,  women from  18-44  consumed  five or  more                                                               
drinks in one sitting  in the past 30 days at a rate  of 18 to 26                                                               
percent. She termed the bill "imperative to prevention efforts."                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  DYSON moved  to  report  SB 127  out  of committee  with                                                               
individual  recommendations  and  the  accompanying  zero  fiscal                                                               
note.  There being  no objection,  SB 127  was reported  from the                                                               
Senate Health and Social Services Standing Committee.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DAVIS commented  on the importance of  the legislation. She                                                               
referred to  a handout  about things a  person should  know about                                                               
FASD.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR DYSON pointed  out that years ago there  was no awareness                                                               
of the  dangers of FASD. He  stressed that it is  preventable. He                                                               
shared a personal  story about one woman that has  had seven FASD                                                               
children. He  spoke of the  difficulties experienced  by children                                                               
with FASD. He suggested ways to support those with FASD.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:46:19 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  MEYER  brought  attention   to  the  fact  of  alcohol's                                                               
devastating effect on pregnancies.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DAVIS noted that Senators  Ellis and Egan were excused from                                                               
the meeting.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
At ease from 1:46 p.m. to 1:48 p.m.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
                  HCR 20-AMERICAN HEART MONTH                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:48:24 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DAVIS  said that the  next bill before the  committee would                                                               
be HCR 20.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
BECKY ROONEY, staff, Representative  Peggy Wilson, introduced HCR                                                               
20 on behalf of the sponsor.  She read from the following sponsor                                                               
statement:                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     HCR 20 raises awareness of the nation's leading cause                                                                      
     of death: cardiovascular disease. This unfortunate                                                                         
     disease causes an average of one American death every                                                                      
     39 seconds or nearly 2,200 deaths each day. It is the                                                                      
     costliest disease in the nation, with direct and                                                                           
     indirect costs estimated to be $297,700,000 a year.                                                                        
     The American Heart Association's 2020 impact goal                                                                          
     seeks to improve cardiovascular health of all                                                                              
     Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from                                                                         
     cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20 percent                                                                            
     through research, population-level and community-level                                                                     
     interventions, and public health and policy measures                                                                       
     The passage  of this  resolution would join  Alaska and                                                                    
     the American Heart Association  in raising awareness of                                                                    
     this disease by celebrating  February 2012 as "American                                                                    
     Heart Month"  and promoting education and  awareness by                                                                    
     encouraging  citizens to  learn  the  warning signs  of                                                                    
     heart attack and stroke.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:51:26 PM                                                                                                                    
DR.  BOB URATA,  Family Physician,  Juneau, Alaska,  testified in                                                               
support of  HCR 20. He  pointed out that  it is clear  that heart                                                               
disease and  stroke are major  causes of death and  disability in                                                               
the  United  States,  and  yet  they are  diseases  that  can  be                                                               
prevented. Avoiding key risk factors  and treating those that are                                                               
abnormal,   are   important   to  reducing   these   deaths   and                                                               
disabilities. According to the National  Institute of Health, 1.6                                                               
million  lives  have been  saved  since  1977,  and there  is  an                                                               
estimate that  the 44  percent decrease  in heart  disease deaths                                                               
was  a  result  of  prevention  through  the  reduction  of  risk                                                               
factors.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
He shared information about a new  threat - obesity - and a study                                                               
about the  lack of knowledge about  the disease. He said  that 27                                                               
percent of Alaskan high school  students are overweight or obese.                                                               
Obesity leads  to an increase  in high blood  pressure, diabetes,                                                               
and heart  disease. In addition,  a 2005 study reveals  that only                                                               
27 percent  of respondents  knew the signs  of heart  attacks and                                                               
would call  911 first if someone  was having a heart  attack or a                                                               
stroke.  He stressed  that increasing  awareness of  risk factors                                                               
and emergency care  are the first steps toward  reducing the risk                                                               
of  death   and  disability   from  cardiovascular   disease.  He                                                               
concluded that HCR 20 is an important step in that direction.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  MEYER   asked  how  Alaska  compares   to  other  states                                                               
regarding heart attacks.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
DR. URATA said  that Alaska does better than  most states because                                                               
it  has a  relatively  young population.  Heart  attacks are  the                                                               
second highest cause of death after cancer.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  DYSON voiced  appreciation for  Dr. Urata's  efforts. He                                                               
wondered if eating a lot of fish helps prevent heart disease.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
DR. URATA  said that some  studies have come to  that conclusion.                                                               
He suggested eating fish for the Omega 3 oils.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:56:04 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  MEYER  moved  to  report  HCR  20  from  committee  with                                                               
individual  recommendations  and  the  accompanying  zero  fiscal                                                               
note.  There being  no objection,  HCR 20  moved from  the Senate                                                               
Health and Social Services Standing Committee.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
At ease from 1:57:28 p.m. to 1:57:53 p.m.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
^Presentation: Alaska Youth Policy Summit                                                                                       
            Presentation: Alaska Youth Policy Summit                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:57:53 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DAVIS announced that the next  order of business would be a                                                               
presentation by the Alaska Youth Policy Summit.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
AMANDA  METIVIER, Director,  Alaska Youth  Policy Summit  (AYPS),                                                               
related  that AYPS  was  sponsored by  the  Alaska Mental  Health                                                               
Trust  Authority,  the  Alaska   Mental  Health  Board,  and  the                                                               
Advisory Board on  Alcohol and Substance Abuse. AYPS  is an event                                                               
where youth  from across  Alaska come  together to  discuss their                                                               
experiences with substance abuse,  foster care, juvenile justice,                                                               
behavioral   health,   and   homelessness.   They   learn   about                                                               
legislative policymaking and how to impact change.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:00:30 PM                                                                                                                    
SLADE MARTIN, shared  his personal experience as  a foster child.                                                               
He spoke of the positives and  negatives of being a foster child.                                                               
He  shared his  story  about  being gay  and  his successes  with                                                               
coming  to terms  with his  sexuality. He  talked of  his current                                                               
experiences  and  goals  as  a   college  student.  He  requested                                                               
continued support of foster parent  training and for SB 82, which                                                               
would improve the foster care system.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:03:40 PM                                                                                                                    
FHERRON HINES, spoke  of her experiences in foster  care and when                                                               
transitioning out  of foster  care. She  testified in  support of                                                               
funding for transitional independent programs.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
STEPHANIE  KILPIETZ MCPEEKS,  Anchorage, Alaska,  testified about                                                               
her personal  experience in  foster care  and with  mental health                                                               
issues. She related  the problems she had due to  sexual abuse as                                                               
a child. She also shared the  successes she found and her journey                                                               
learning coping  skills. She requested  support for  peer support                                                               
and early  intervention programs,  as well  as for  foster parent                                                               
and parent training.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:07:30 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DAVIS asked Ms. McPeeks if she was in foster care.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. MCPEEKS said she was back with her mother.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REBECCA SHIER, Anchorage, Alaska,  shared her personal story with                                                               
foster care. She  requested support for SB 82,  which includes an                                                               
effort to prioritize siblings staying together in foster care.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:09:22 PM                                                                                                                    
ILINA SAUCEDO, Anchorage, Alaska,  shared her personal story with                                                               
substance  abuse  in  her  family.   She  requested  support  for                                                               
evidence-based family therapy  and transition independent process                                                               
programs.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DAVIS said  she appreciated the testimony  from the members                                                               
of AYPS. She  noted that the foster care system  has changed over                                                               
the years, and  asked if any of the testifiers  were currently in                                                               
foster care.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS.  METIVIER explained  that  three of  the  testifiers were  in                                                               
foster care, but have since left the program.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  MEYER   requested  that   the  testifiers   share  their                                                               
experiences in foster care.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS. SHIER spoke of her foster  care as a positive experience. She                                                               
agreed that  there have  been many  positive changes  recently in                                                               
the foster care system.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:13:52 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MEYER inquired how many foster children are adopted.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS.  METIVIER reported  that there  is a  high adoption  rate for                                                               
young  children.   She  noted  that   SB  82  puts   emphasis  on                                                               
reunification with  parents, if  possible, but would  also ensure                                                               
after care for youth who "age out" of foster care.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  MEYER asked  how Alaska  does with  transitioning foster                                                               
children out of the system.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS. METIVIER related  that there were a number  of reforms passed                                                               
recently that addressed that issue.  She shared that there is now                                                               
funding  for  housing  support,  career  and  college  readiness,                                                               
tuition waivers, and other support.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:16:37 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. SHIRE  reported on how  she accessed funding for  housing and                                                               
tuition.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DAVIS asked how many of the presenters were in college.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS.  MCPEEKS shared  that she  was finishing  up high  school and                                                               
hopes to  go to  college. She  said her  goal is  to be  a trauma                                                               
psychologist and she  is currently helping with  the Alaska Youth                                                               
and Family Network.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DAVIS asked how she was getting her diploma.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MS. MCPEEKS spoke of a program called SAVE.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DAVIS asked if she was in the Anchorage School District.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS. MCPEEKS  said she was.  She continued to explain  her attempt                                                               
to get her high school degree.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:20:01 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. HINES  related that she is  a stay-at-home mom and  is also a                                                               
child care worker.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DAVIS asked further questions about the day care children.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MS.  HINES reported  on her  housing situation.  She said  she is                                                               
working on becoming a licensed day care provider.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DAVIS  requested more ideas regarding  ways the legislature                                                               
could  help  foster  children.   She  suggested  that  in  future                                                               
hearings on SB 82,  the youth call in to testify  in favor of the                                                               
bill.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MS. METIVIER commented  on the Youth Policy  Summit schedule. She                                                               
noted  that SB  82  is  a priority  for  the  Summit. She  stated                                                               
opposition to SB 125.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DAVIS requested a written summary of AYPS's proposals.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. SAUCEDO shared  her school history. She said she  is ready to                                                               
return to college.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MEYER encourage the youth  to continue to speak for their                                                               
causes.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:26:46 PM                                                                                                                    
MS.  MCPEEKS  testified   in  support  of  the   bill  for  early                                                               
intervention for young children.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DAVIS encouraged the youth to continue to speak out.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:30:09 PM                                                                                                                    
There being  no further  business to  come before  the committee,                                                               
Chair  Davis  adjourned the  Senate  Standing  Health and  Social                                                               
Services Committee at 2:30 p.m.                                                                                                 

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HCR_20Bill.pdf SHSS 2/13/2012 1:30:00 PM
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HCR_20 Sponsor Statement.pdf SHSS 2/13/2012 1:30:00 PM
HCR20 Special report.pdf SHSS 2/13/2012 1:30:00 PM
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