Legislature(2001 - 2002)
03/19/2001 01:37 PM FIN
* first hearing in first committee of referral
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
GENERAL SUBJECT(S): HB 47-APPROP: GOVERNOR'S CAPITAL BUDGET Overview: Administration Health and Social Services Corrections Labor and Workforce Development The following overview was taken in log note format. Tapes and handouts will be on file with the House Finance Committee through the 22nd Legislative Session, contact 465- 2156. After the 22nd Legislative Session they will be available through the Legislative Library at 465-3808. LOG SPEAKER DISCUSSION TAPE HFC 00 - 54 SIDE A 000 DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION DAN SPENCER, Discussed the first two projects for the DIRECTOR, DIVISION Pioneer's Homes. He noted that funds in OF ADMINISTRATIVE the Homes Emergency Repairs and SERVICES, DEPARTMENT Maintenance fund are prioritized. OF ADMINISTRATION 424 JAME KOHN, DIRECTOR, Noted that homes would be reviewed for ALASKA LONGEVITY safety code compliance. The Sitka BONUS PROGRAM Pioneers Home Boiler would be replaced. 491 Co-Chair Mulder Observed that homes must be upgraded to I-1.1 Occupancy codes. Mr. Kohn Noted that it is a fire code that homes must be upgraded to. The upgrade will make the building last longer so that there is more time to assist residents in the event of an emergency evacuation. 700 GARY SHERIDAN, Discussed the Ketchikan Pioneers' Home DEPARTMENT OF Exterior Entry Door Upgrade. ADMINISTRATION; 760 Mr. Sheridan Noted that the Ketchikan Pioneers' Home kitchen wall needs to be recovered. 797 Mr. Sheridan Discussed the emergency light home and fire alarm upgrade for the Juneau Pioneer Home. He noted that it is difficult to hear alarms in various parts of the building. The Ketchikan home would also have an alarm upgrade. 897 Representative Croft Felt that the request was high for the Ketchikan alarm upgrade. 948 Mr. Sheridan Discussed the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disabilities Modifications. He noted that there are two projects at the Anchorage home. He observed that Alzheimer's patients have different needs. Homes were built with residential issues in mind. Programs must be created to serve residents with a high level of confusion. The projects focus in establishing units to meet these needs. 1247 JANE DEMMERT, Discussed the Adult Day Facility EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Prototype Design for Dementia Clients. ALASKA COMMISSION ON AGING, DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION 1304 BILL THOMAS, Discussed the State-Owned Buildings DIVISION OF FINANCE, Valuation Project. He noted that records DEPARTMENT OF on cost were not kept. The project would ADMINISTRATION hire a consultant to assist the Division of Finance in creating a methodology to recreate historical costs. 1395 MARY MARSHBURN, Discussed the request for license plates DIRECTOR, DIVISION and drivers license manuals. OF MOTOR VEHICLES, DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION 1445 Representative John Asked why the request is in the capital Davies budget. 1457 Ms. Marshburn Noted that it is a large fixed cost and expands two years. The request provides for the purchase of licenses. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES 1575 JANET CLARKE, Discussed the request for Deferred DIRECTOR, DIVISION Maintenance, Renewal and Replacement OF ADMINISTRATIVE Equipment. She observed that the state SERVICES, DEPARTMENT would need $3 million dollars to take OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL care of these needs. A building and SERVICES condition audit was done to prioritize needs. 1640 Ms. Clark Provided members with the Department of Health and Social Services, FY02 Deferred Maintenance Capital Request (copy on file). 1677 Ms. Clark Reviewed the handout. She noted that there are a number of boilers that need replacement. 1709 Ms. Clark Noted that the McLaughlin Youth Center needs roof repairs. 1725 Ms. Clark Observed that the Juneau Johnson Youth Center and the Nome Youth Facility need roof repairs. 1833 Ms. Clark Continued to review repairs needed at: Yukon Flats Care Center, Fairbanks Youth Facility, Dillingham Health Center, Denardo Center and the Sitka Public Health Center. Facilities need boiler, ramp, carpet, plumbing, fan, dielectric, siding, tile, control panel, door, and paint repairs. 1997 Co-Chair Williams Questioned if the department has funded boiling repairs over the last year. 2019 Ms. Clark Noted that most of the funding goes to keeping staff on 24 hours a day at youth facilities. She stressed that there has not been sufficient funding for repairs. She observed that the request would fund up to project 32. Over 200 projects that have been identified. 2009 Representative Asked for a list regarding the total Whitaker repairs need. 2163 Ms. Clark Noted that the Alaska Psychiatric Institute Replacement would be funded through legislation if it were passed. 2187 Ms. Clark Discussed the request for Public Health Nurse, Probation Officer, Social Worker Safety and Support Equipment. She noted that $500 thousand dollars would go to direct field staff. Federal funds of $2,331 million dollars would be provided. There is no requirement for a state match. Some projects can earn federal funds. 2263 Ms. Clark Noted that much of the previous request would fund new vehicles. The department did a vehicle field survey. She noted that the survey found that, in Anchorage, 12 staff shares one vehicle. 2341 Ms. Clark Noted that the Division of Family and Youth Services have not kept up with vehicle replacement. 2358 Representative John Observed that there is a need for new Davies vehicles in addition to the replacement of existing ones. He asked for an up to date replacement schedule. TAPE HFC 01 - 54, Side B 024 Ms. Clark Noted that the Division of Family and Youth Services have focused on the need for staff. 062 Ms. Clark Discussed the need for security improvements. She discussed page 15 in the department's request. The department has some replacement credits, but they are insufficient to purchase new vehicles. The department is asking for the additional funding. The bulk of federal funds would go to the public health lab. 210 Ms. Clark Discussed the request for the Juneau Public Health Center. She provided members with information on the Center (copy on file). She noted that the heating and ventilation system upgrade is needed to be in compliance with safety codes. 349 Ms. Clark Discussed the request for the Residential Child Care Facility Capital Needs Assessment and Grant Program. She observed that there is $349 thousand dollars in federal funds and a request for $150 thousand dollars in general funds. She showed a list of grantees. She emphasized the responsibility to assure that children in state custody are safe. 447 MATT ANDERSON, Reviewed the Emergency Medical Services MANAGER, SECTION OF Equipment Grants. He noted that rural EMS COMMUNITY HEALTH AND services have had difficulty keeping SAFETY, DEPARTMENT staff. The Code Blue project was OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL developed to quantify and prioritize SERVICES needs for rural emergency services. Rural communities have problems with training, and equipment. There is a need for patient care, and emergency vehicles. The project matches equipment to community needs. The program works with the Department of Agriculture. 700 Ms. Clark Discussed the Alaska Psychiatric Institute Stop-Gap Repair request. She observed that there are fire and life safety needs. 777 Ms. Clark Reviewed the Housing Modification for Trust Beneficiaries and People with Disabilities request. The project helps keep people in their homes and is on- going. 821 Ms. Clark Reviewed the Substance Abuse Treatment for Rural Women with Children request. She noted that women in treatment do better if their children are allowed to be with them. 859 Representative Referred to the Housing Modification for Hudson Trust Beneficiaries and People with Disabilities request. 886 Ms. Clark Clarified that there are three state grantees that work with clients. Private homes are modified. 927 Ms. Clark Discussed the Deferred Maintenance, Americans with Disabilities Improvements to Service Providers for Beneficiaries People with Disabilities. This provides funding for providers. 1011 Ms. Clark Discussed suicide prevention and the Galena Mental Health Center. She stressed that the suicide rate in Alaska is alarming. 1084 Ms. Clark Commented on the developmental disabilities systems reform initiative. 1156 Ms. Clark Noted that the program provides equipment grants to service providers for trust beneficiaries and people with disabilities. 1187 Ms. Clark Commented on the recovery camps request in the amount of $100 thousand dollars. The project funds the capital portion of the Family Recovery Camp Development Project. 1235 Ms. Clark Spoke to the Hearing, Screening Assistive technology for children request in the amount of $100 thousand dollars. 1268 Co-Chair Williams Asked if there was a waiting list. 1288 Ms. Clark Replied that she would provide that information. 1309 Representative Asked how many children would benefit Hudson from the increment. 1321 Ms. Clark Offered to provide that information. 1328 Ms. Clark Testified to the Consumer Designed and Managed Projects request in the amount of $175 thousand dollars. 1355 Ms. Clark Commented on the Micro Enterprise Funds request in the amount of $150 thousand dollars. 1378 Ms. Clark Spoke to the Provider Resource Sharing and Coordination request. 1396 Ms. Clark Spoke to the Mental Health Transition Housing Facility request for the homeless increment in the amount of $200 thousand dollars. DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS 1447 JOSEPH REEVES, Spoke to the projects of the Department. DEPUTY DIRECTOR, DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS 1478 Mr. Reeves Noted that the requests have been consolidated. There is no state general fund match required. Approval will not require any funding from the operating budget. 1522 Mr. Reeves Addressed facility maintenance, repair, renewal, replacement and renovation of state property. The request is in the amount of $1 million dollars. The project funds critical annual facility maintenance for capital projects. Mr. Reeves Noted that the back up illustrates that most state facilities have some need for repair and maintenance. 1702 Discussion followed on the various projects. 1741 Mr. Reeves Spoke to the replacement and repair of security systems, and life and safety equipment. He noted that the request was in the amount of $500 thousand dollars. 1854 Mr. Reeves Continued listing the items for consideration of the community jails facilities maintenance, repair and renovation and life and safety equipment in the amount of $100 thousand dollars. 1923 Representative Asked why the funding source had changed. Hudson 1934 Mr. Reeves Spoke to the one time federal funding. He added that the state would attempt to receive other funding in the future when they are available. 1978 Mr. Reeves Spoke to the Correctional Institutions Roof Repairs and Replacement request. He noted that the increment would be for $2,090.0 in federal funds. It would be used to replace the current flat roofs and replace them with arched roofs. 2034 Representative John Asked where the federal funds came from. Davies 2055 Mr. Reeves Replied that they came from grants that were applied for by the department. This is the second one received. 2075 Representative John Asked if the 50 beds would be available Davies for how long. 2091 Mr. Reeves Noted that the bed would be available for up to 20 years. 2098 DEPARTMENT OF LABOR 2116 REMOND HENDERSON, Spoke to the request in the amount of DIRECTOR, DIVISION $150 thousand dollars for the home OF ADMINISTRATIVE modifications for individuals with SERVICES, DEPARTMENT disabilities and would be received from OF LABOR AND Alaska Housing and Finance Corporation WORKFORCE (AHFC). DEVELOPMENT TAPE HFC 01 - 55, Side A 000 Mr. Henderson Addressed the assistive technology loan fund request in the amount of $100 general fund thousand dollars. The maximum loan amount would be $40 thousand dollars. 153 Representative Croft Asked the amount of federal funding. 170 Mr. Henderson Replied that the entire amount was federally funded in 1997. 193 Representative Asked if the Department of Health & Hudson Social Services and the department tapped the same funding source. 265 Mr. Henderson Replied that these funds would be used for modifications to the homes so that the resident could go to work. They have a similar purpose but different constituency. 325 Co-Chair Williams ADJOURNMENT The meeting was adjourned at 3:15 p.m.