Legislature(2019 - 2020)BUTROVICH 205

02/25/2019 01:30 PM HEALTH & SOCIAL SERVICES

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01:30:53 PM Start
01:31:05 PM Confirmation Hearing(s)
02:23:06 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ Consideration of Governor's Appointees: TELECONFERENCED
Mental Health Trust Authority Board of Trustees
- John Sturgeon
- Joe Riggs
- Ken McCarty
-Invited Testimony Followed by Public Testimony-
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
      SENATE HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                    
                       February 25, 2019                                                                                        
                           1:30 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator David Wilson, Chair                                                                                                     
Senator John Coghill, Vice Chair                                                                                                
Senator Gary Stevens                                                                                                            
Senator Cathy Giessel                                                                                                           
Senator Tom Begich                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
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CONFIRMATION HEARING(S)                                                                                                         
Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority Board of Trustees                                                                        
John Sturgeon-Anchorage                                                                                                         
Joe Riggs-Anchorage                                                                                                             
Ken McCarty-Chugiak                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     -CONFIRMATIONS ADVANCED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
No previous action to record                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
KEN MCCARTY, Governor's Appointee                                                                                               
Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority Board of Trustees                                                                          
Chugiak, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified during his confirmation hearing.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
JOHN STURGEON, Governor's Appointee                                                                                             
Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority Board of Trustees                                                                          
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified during his confirmation hearing.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
JOE RIGGS, Governor's Appointee                                                                                                 
Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority Board of Trustees                                                                          
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified during his confirmation hearing.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
JEFF LANDFIELD, representing self                                                                                               
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Opposed the confirmation of Joe Riggs.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:30:53 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DAVID WILSON  called the Senate Health  and Social Services                                                             
Standing Committee meeting  to order at 1:30 p.m.  Present at the                                                               
call to  order were Senators  Coghill, Stevens,  Begich, Giessel,                                                               
and Chair Wilson.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
^CONFIRMATION HEARING(S)                                                                                                        
                    CONFIRMATION HEARING(S)                                                                                 
     Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority Board of Trustees                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:31:05 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  WILSON  announced  the  consideration  of  the  governor's                                                               
appointees to the  Alaska Mental Health Trust  Authority Board of                                                               
Trustees. Chair  Wilson introduced Ken  McCarty and asked  him to                                                               
speak about why he would make a good trustee.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:31:21 PM                                                                                                                    
KEN  MCCARTY, Governor's  Appointee, Alaska  Mental Health  Trust                                                               
Authority  Board  of Trustees,  Chugiak,  Alaska,  said he  could                                                               
contribute to the board from  a mental health perspective. He has                                                               
been involved  in many  different aspects  of mental  health from                                                               
years  of working  with foster  care  and high-level  residential                                                               
treatment  for  adolescents  and  owning  a  school  that  served                                                               
special  needs  kids.  He  is  a  licensed  family  and  marriage                                                               
counselor. He  is executive director  of Discovery  Cove Recovery                                                               
and Wellness  Center, which  is established  in Kodiak  and Eagle                                                               
River with clients  in Fairbanks and Valdez.  They use innovative                                                               
ways to reach  out to clients with  telemedicine and teletherapy.                                                               
He is  a pilot  and flies  out to  villages to  provide services.                                                               
Discovery Cove  is nationally  accredited. They  have psychiatric                                                               
services,  equine-assisted  psychotherapy,  and  substance  abuse                                                               
treatment. He  has been  doing Medicaid-assisted  treatment since                                                               
2009.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR.  MCCARTY  said  he  has  been the  president  of  the  Alaska                                                               
Marriage and  Family Therapy  Association from  2013 to  2015. He                                                               
was on  the Alaska Board  of Marital  and Family Therapy  for six                                                               
years. He does  not have much experience in  land management, but                                                               
he has  experience in the  management of mental  health business.                                                               
His  perspective as  a  trustee candidate  is  about priority  to                                                               
effectiveness   of   treatment.   Financial   accountability   is                                                               
important to be  able to offer services and to  show the efficacy                                                               
of services. People with mental  health issues who do not respond                                                               
to the  same treatment over and  over can think they  are in dire                                                               
straits  when  there  can  be   other  effective  treatment.  For                                                               
example,  there is  a strong  relationship between  nutrition and                                                               
mental health.  He recounted  a story of  how a  client responded                                                               
favorably to better nutrition.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR.  MCCARTY said  the  mental  health trust  can  ask where  the                                                               
funding is  going and  is it for  effective treatment.  They need                                                               
nationally  accepted,  reliable  assessments  for  baselines  and                                                               
outcomes to  monitor programs.  A bank would  ask for  a business                                                               
model before  investing in a  business. The same thing  exists in                                                               
mental health.  Programs must be  monitored and they  must expect                                                               
results to be shown in data.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:37:20 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  STEVENS said  he has  known  Mr. McCarty  for years.  He                                                               
asked him about the state of mental health in Alaska.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR. MCCARTY  replied that is  a broad question. He  started doing                                                               
opiate  treatment with  the  suboxone piece  in  Kodiak in  2009.                                                               
Heroin was  rare in Kodiak.  Now it is  all over the  place. That                                                               
was  a big  issue in  Anchorage  in 2010.  He sees  a decline  in                                                               
opiates because  of the effectiveness of  requiring physicians to                                                               
not overmedicate  with pain  medication. He is  not sure  how the                                                               
state  is  doing  in  other  areas.   He  has  no  data  to  show                                                               
improvement or not.  He has brought up  questions about assessing                                                               
what is happening above a  certain latitude. There is no research                                                               
to see if there is an increase in certain mental health issues.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:39:07 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  BEGICH  asked  if  he has  any  potential  conflicts  of                                                               
interest  because of  his  ownership of  Discovery  Cove and  how                                                               
would he address any conflicts.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR. MCCARTY replied that he has  thought of that. He would recuse                                                               
himself  if  there  were  a conflict.  Discovery  Cove  does  not                                                               
receive  any  grants.  It  is  fee-for-service,  so  he  sees  no                                                               
conflict there.  He thanked  the committee  members who  had been                                                               
involved in passing  SB 105, which expanded the  ability to reach                                                               
out to people.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:40:15 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GIESSEL said the fact  sheet for the Alaska Mental Health                                                               
Trust  Authority  Board  of  Trustees  states  that  one  of  the                                                               
criteria for  qualifications is that  an appointment be  based on                                                               
the ability in financial  management, investment land management,                                                               
or in  services for trust  beneficiaries. Mr. McCarty  meets that                                                               
quite well.  She had  looked to  see if there  was a  conflict of                                                               
interest, and actually this is one  of the criteria they look for                                                               
with trustees.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WILSON  introduced the next  appointee, John  Sturgeon, and                                                               
asked him to speak about why he would make a good trustee.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:41:16 PM                                                                                                                    
JOHN STURGEON,  Governor's Appointee, Alaska Mental  Health Trust                                                               
Authority  Board of  Trustees, Anchorage,  Alaska, said  his work                                                               
history  includes   working  for  the  U.S.   Forest  Service  in                                                               
Southeast  Alaska. He  was  also timber  manager  for the  Alaska                                                               
Division of Forestry.  He ended his time there  as State Forester                                                               
under Governors Hammond  and Sheffield. He has  worked for Koncor                                                               
Forest  Products and  harvested  timber for  the Ouzinkie  Native                                                               
Corporation.  He has  his own  business, Frontier  Trading, which                                                               
deals with  selling products  imported from  China. He  served in                                                               
the U.S.  Navy with  two tours  in Vietnam.  He volunteers  for a                                                               
number of  boards. The  most relevant one  for the  Mental Health                                                               
board was the  regional advisory board for  the Pacific Northwest                                                               
University  of Health  Science in  Yakima, a  new university.  It                                                               
trains doctors for rural areas  in five states, including Alaska.                                                               
He resigned from that board six  months ago. While on that board,                                                               
he  visited   many  medical  facilities  across   the  Northwest,                                                               
including mental health facilities.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MR. STURGEON  said he has  had many acquaintances  and relatives,                                                               
including a special  needs granddaughter who is now  19, who have                                                               
needed services  of the  Mental Health  Trust facilities.  His 49                                                               
years in resource  management in Alaska would be  helpful. He has                                                               
done  land  management  for Native  corporations  in  Kodiak  and                                                               
Ouzinkie  since 1986.  He  can  help the  trust  with their  land                                                               
holdings. One  of their  biggest assets in  land is  timber. Land                                                               
management is something he understands well.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR BEGICH said Mr. Sturgeon  has land management experience,                                                               
which is  one of the qualifications  for the board. He  asked Mr.                                                               
Sturgeon if he was familiar with  the four boards that advise the                                                               
Mental Health Trust Board.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. STURGEON  replied vaguely.  He went to  one meeting  and they                                                               
all made  reports at that meeting.  "It was like drinking  from a                                                               
fire  hose that  first meeting.  It was  two days  in Juneau.  We                                                               
weren't confirmed,  of course, but  we just  sat on the  side and                                                               
tried to listen," he said.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR BEGICH  said he  should have asked  Mr. McCarty  the same                                                               
questions. The  Mental Health Trust  Board of Trustees has  had a                                                               
troubled  history  as   has  had  the  Mental   Health  Trust.  A                                                               
significant  audit  had  scathing  results.  In-depth  engagement                                                               
between the  board and  staff raised questions.  He asked  if Mr.                                                               
Sturgeon thought a  member of an authority like  the trust should                                                               
be involved in day-to-day decisions on a regular basis.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR. STURGEON  said he has  been on a lot  of boards and  he would                                                               
not advise  that. That  is not  the role of  a board  member. The                                                               
role of  a board member  is to  review what management  is doing,                                                               
accept the  goals and objectives,  lay out  a plan for  where the                                                               
organization should be  going, and monitor that  plan and budget.                                                               
A board member should not be involved on a day-to-day basis.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:47:38 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BEGICH asked if a board  member for an authority like the                                                               
Mental Health Trust should be  directly involved or interact on a                                                               
regular basis  with members  of staff,  other than  the executive                                                               
director.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR.  STURGEON said  based  on  his experience  on  boards and  in                                                               
management, he would  say no. They have  frequent board meetings,                                                               
seven or  eight times  a year.  They get updates  once a  week if                                                               
something is  ongoing. A board  member can always call  a special                                                               
meeting. Getting  involved in management  on a frequent  basis is                                                               
not the way best way to run a business.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR BEGICH said he had  an awkward question, but Mr. Sturgeon                                                               
is  involved in  a  lawsuit [Sturgeon  v.  Frost] with  potential                                                               
connotations  regarding  things such  as  land  issues and  river                                                               
rights of  way. He asked  if Mr.  Sturgeon saw any  conflict with                                                               
his role as a board member.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:49:10 PM                                                                                                                    
MR. STURGEON  said he couldn't  imagine any conflict.  He doesn't                                                               
know  how  the Supreme  Court  will  rule.  The state  of  Alaska                                                               
supported the lawsuit under three  administrations and thought it                                                               
was  in the  best interests  of Alaska.  In addition,  it is  all                                                               
done, and they should have a  ruling soon. There is no more input                                                               
to be given. It is out of his hands.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR BEGICH  said to keep the  firehose handy. There is  a lot                                                               
to learn on the board.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEVENS said he has known  Mr. Sturgeon and his work with                                                               
the  Kodiak and  Ouzinkie Native  corporations. He  has led  them                                                               
through  some  impressive times  and  found  ways to  fund  their                                                               
organization through timber management. No  one else on the board                                                               
has his  background in  timber management.  He asked  if managing                                                               
timber was one of the major ways of funding the trust.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. STURGEON  said it  is a  major source of  funds. At  the last                                                               
meeting a chart showed where funds  had come from over the years.                                                               
Timber  was a  big contributor.  With the  recent trade  they did                                                               
with the Forest Service, it will  become more important. He has a                                                               
lot of experience  with land management. Much of what  they do is                                                               
related  to  sales  and  leases,   but  timber  can  be  a  major                                                               
contributor  to the  trust. There  are some  big chunks  of money                                                               
coming in.  They are logging  Icy Bay, which  is a big  source of                                                               
revenue. The timber they traded  for with the Forest Service will                                                               
be a big source of income in years to come.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WILSON introduced the next  appointee, Joe Riggs, and asked                                                               
him to speak about why he would make a good trustee.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:52:29 PM                                                                                                                    
JOE  RIGGS,  Governor's  Appointee, Alaska  Mental  Health  Trust                                                               
Authority  Board of  Trustees, Anchorage,  Alaska, said  trustees                                                               
have a  dual role.  "One of being  a fiscal  conservator, running                                                               
the trust in  perpetuity. The other side being  the program side,                                                               
for the benefit  of as many beneficiaries as  possible," he said.                                                               
He would  say he is more  of a generalist than  a specialist when                                                               
it comes  to his resume. His  work experience has taken  him down                                                               
two paths that have intertwined. One  is in finance and the other                                                               
is on  the medical side.  He has been  a financial advisor  for a                                                               
number  of years.  He has  recently  reentered the  field with  a                                                               
major  firm  in Anchorage.  He  understands  portfolio and  trust                                                               
management and  fiduciary responsibilities.  He can do  the math.                                                               
He has  access to his firm's  toolbox. If there are  questions on                                                               
the portfolio side, odds are he  could find the answer if it were                                                               
not readily available to them at the time.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. RIGGS  said the  other side  has been  in the  medical field.                                                               
From the age of  15 he was in the back of an  ambulance. He was a                                                               
paramedic  for  ten  years.  He  saw  firsthand  the  effects  of                                                               
substance  abuse, homelessness,  and mental  health issues.  From                                                               
being a  paramedic, he went  into practice management,  trying to                                                               
grow practice while  reducing barriers to care. He  stood side by                                                               
side with physicians  in their health care  facilities to provide                                                               
measurable better patient  outcomes at a lower  cost. The medical                                                               
side of his  career has taken him to hospitals  across the state,                                                               
from  the corporate  suite down  to loading  docks with  stops in                                                               
operating rooms and  emergency rooms. He has a  good outside view                                                               
of how  the machine  works. At  the very  least he  can interpret                                                               
medical jargon.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR. RIGGS  said his son  is a  trust beneficiary. Ten  years ago,                                                               
the  happiest day  of  their  lives turned  into  a  stay in  the                                                               
Neonatal Intensive  Care Unit.  They went  from counting  toes to                                                               
counting seizures.  Life hasn't  been the  same since.  They were                                                               
dropped into a  world of trying to get a  diagnosis and trying to                                                               
find the best  path for their child to get  the best outcomes. It                                                               
is  daunting. People  have  told  him that  he  knows what  other                                                               
beneficiaries are  going through.  He said no  one can  know what                                                               
someone  is going  through. Every  kid is  different, but  he can                                                               
understand what  it is  like to  put a  massive amount  of family                                                               
energy and finances into a child.  He understands what it is like                                                               
to have the  kid who doesn't get invited to  birthday parties. He                                                               
understands.  Because he  understands this,  he can  say that  he                                                               
doubts that  the beneficiaries will  ever find a  more passionate                                                               
and  vocal advocate.  His understanding  is that  he will  be the                                                               
only  board  member who  has  an  immediate  family member  as  a                                                               
beneficiary. That  is a driver  of his. It  has driven him  be on                                                               
the board  of the  blood bank  so they could  work on  their stem                                                               
cell program, and  to be on the board of  Challenge Alaska, which                                                               
is about  adaptive sports.  It has  been a  driving force  in his                                                               
life for  the past  ten years. This  is the best  way for  him to                                                               
give back to the community.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:57:25 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BEGICH asked if he  knew the four advisory committees for                                                               
the trust.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. RIGGS  answered that just  like Mr.  Sturgeon, he was  at the                                                               
meeting drinking  out of the firehose.  He said he had  spoken to                                                               
all  the boards.  He mentioned  the Mental  Health Board  and the                                                               
Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR BEGICH  said other  two are the  Board on  Alcoholism and                                                               
Drug  Abuse and  the  Commission  on Aging.  He  said  as he  had                                                               
mentioned  earlier,  the  Trust  Authority  has  had  significant                                                               
difficulties,  particularly  with  direct  dealings  between  the                                                               
Trust  Authority Board  and staff.  He asked  if Mr.  Riggs could                                                               
separate  himself from  the day-to-day  management  of the  Trust                                                               
Authority.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. RIGGS responded that as  trustees, they oversee and put their                                                               
faith in  the CEO and the  CEO is responsible for  the day-to-day                                                               
management of the trust.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  BEGICH asked  if  he understood  his  concern since  Mr.                                                               
Riggs' described his connection to  Merrill Lynch and his ability                                                               
to dig  into financial details. He  asked if he saw  that as part                                                               
of his responsibilities.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR. RIGGS said no, he just saw  it as a source of information and                                                               
knowledge.  The  financial assets  are  directly  managed by  the                                                               
Permanent  Fund. They  don't  have  any say  about  how they  are                                                               
invested on a day-to-day basis.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  BEGICH  asked  if  he  thought  a  board  member  of  an                                                               
authority  like  the  Mental  Health  Trust  should  be  directly                                                               
involved or  interact with  members of staff  on a  regular basis                                                               
other than the executive director.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MR.  RIGGS  answered  no,  but  he would  like  to  make  himself                                                               
available for  outreach and  education with  the approval  of the                                                               
CEO.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:00:09 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BEGICH said he was reluctant  to bring this up, but about                                                               
an  hour ago  the committee  members  received an  email about  a                                                               
mailing during the  election. He is concerned about  the level of                                                               
integrity on the board. Each  trustee represents Alaska. He asked                                                               
if Mr. Riggs could offer  a comment on what [Governor Dunleavy's]                                                               
Chief of Staff  Tuckerman Babcock called a  cheap personal attack                                                               
when he was chair of the  Republican Party and whether that would                                                               
affect his ability to serve on this board.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR.  RIGGS replied  that was  a fact-based  mailer and  linked to                                                               
source. It  had nothing to  do with any personal  feelings toward                                                               
the opponent.  It was  simply meant  to put  the truth  out about                                                               
what the opponent was misstating.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR BEGICH  asked if he felt  it would impair his  ability to                                                               
serve on the board.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MR.  RIGGS  answered   absolutely  not.  He  is   for  truth  and                                                               
transparency.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:02:08 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR WILSON opened public testimony.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:02:24 PM                                                                                                                    
JEFF  LANDFIELD, representing  self,  Anchorage, Alaska,  opposed                                                               
confirmation of Joe  Riggs. He said the mailer in  question was a                                                               
ploy sent to  Republicans in the district. Joe  Riggs ran against                                                               
Albert  Fogle  and Laddie  Shaw  in  the Republican  primary  for                                                               
District 26. It  was a ploy to point out  to conservative members                                                               
in  the district  that one  of his  opponents was  gay. It  was a                                                               
disgusting attack.  At the time,  the chairman of  the Republican                                                               
Party,  Tuckerman  Babcock,  described  the  mailer  as  a  cheap                                                               
personal attack and  said he was very disappointed  in Joe Riggs'                                                               
campaign tactics. Along with the  mailer, Joe Riggs' campaign set                                                               
up a  website that portrayed  one of  his opponents as  an openly                                                               
gay man with  a photoshopped image of his  partner. Everyone knew                                                               
what it  was about. It  was a  last-minute attack the  day before                                                               
the election.  He did not think  that kind of attack  in politics                                                               
is  worthy of  the character  of  someone sitting  on the  Mental                                                               
Health Trust Board of Trustees.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:04:12 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR WILSON closed public testimony.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:04:28 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GIESSEL  said that  in looking at  the roster  of current                                                               
board members,  she only saw  two with terms expiring.  She asked                                                               
what third seat was open.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WILSON said he did not know but would find out.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEVENS said he had not  seen this email. He asked if the                                                               
governor still stood behind his nominees.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WILSON replied that he had  met with the director of boards                                                               
and commissions; at this time,  they support all nominees of this                                                               
board.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:05:37 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR COGHILL  said regarding the public  testimony, the people                                                               
should know  that for  independent expenditures,  the involvement                                                               
of  candidates is  forbidden.  He found  it  very unfortunate  if                                                               
someone's  independent expenditure  put  this guy  in an  awkward                                                               
position. From everything  he has read today, it  sounded like an                                                               
independent expenditure.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR BEGICH added that Mr.  Riggs' testimony indicated that he                                                               
was intimately  involved and he  would caution that there  may be                                                               
other issues. He said  he did not know, but it  didn't seem to be                                                               
a truly an independent expenditure.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  WILSON  said the  chair  of  the  party,  who is  now  the                                                               
governor's chief  of staff, has  had the opportunity to  give his                                                               
input to the  governor. The governor's office  still supports all                                                               
these candidates today.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEVENS  asked if  they could make  sure three  seats are                                                               
open before they make their final decision.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WILSON answered that they could do that.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  GIESSEL  said  the  committee   is  not  voting  on  the                                                               
candidates today, so there would  be time to get the information.                                                               
The joint bodies will decide who goes forward and who does not.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  BEGICH affirmed  what Senator  Giessel  said. There  was                                                               
time to get the facts.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:08:17 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:20:21 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR WILSON reconvened  the meeting. He reported  that the third                                                               
person is Paula  Easley. Her appointment expired in  2018 and was                                                               
never reconfirmed  by the Walker administration.  She was serving                                                               
until replaced.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WILSON  stated that  in accordance  with AS  39.05.080, the                                                               
Senate  Health and  Social Services  reviewed  the following  and                                                               
recommends the appointments  be forwarded to a  joint session for                                                               
consideration:                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority Board of Trustees                                                                        
John Sturgeon-Anchorage                                                                                                         
Joe Riggs-Anchorage                                                                                                             
Ken McCarty-Chugiak                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WILSON reminded members that  signing the reports regarding                                                               
appointments  to  boards  and  commissions  in  no  way  reflects                                                               
individual members'  approval or  disapproval of  the appointees;                                                               
the nominations are merely forwarded  to the full legislature for                                                               
confirmation or rejection.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:21:15 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:23:06 PM                                                                                                                    
There being no further business to come before the committee,                                                                   
Chair Wilson adjourned the Senate Health and Social Services                                                                    
Standing Committee at 2:23 p.m.                                                                                                 

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
Joe Riggs MHTA BOT.pdf SHSS 2/25/2019 1:30:00 PM
Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority Board of Trustees
John Sturgeon MHTA BOT.pdf SHSS 2/25/2019 1:30:00 PM
Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority Board of Trustees
Ken McCarty MHTA BOT.pdf SHSS 2/25/2019 1:30:00 PM
Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority Board of Trustees