Legislature(2015 - 2016)

2016-07-11 House Journal

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HB 257                                                                                                                        
The following was engrossed and enrolled, signed by the Speaker and                                                             
Chief Clerk, President and Secretary of the Senate, and the engrossed                                                           
and enrolled copies were transmitted to the Office of the Governor at                                                           
1:38 p.m., June 20, 2016, with a fiscal note packet and a manifest error                                                        
memorandum (page 3080):                                                                                                         
     CONFERENCE CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 257                                                                                       
     "An Act making appropriations for the operating and capital                                                                
     expenses of the state's integrated comprehensive mental health                                                             
     program; making supplemental appropriations; and providing for                                                             
     an effective date."                                                                                                        
Also transmitted was a copy of the following letter dated June 17,                                                              
2016, to Mr. Russ Webb, Chair, Alaska Mental Health Trust                                                                       
"Dear Mr. Webb:                                                                                                                 
Pursuant to the requirements of AS 37.14.005(c), this letter and the                                                            
enclosed reports describe how the funding contained in HB 257 (the                                                              
FY17 Mental Health budget) and HB 256 (the Operating Budget)                                                                    
differ from the FY17 Mental Health Trust Authority's (Authority)                                                                
funding recommendations for the State's integrated comprehensive                                                                
mental health program. While the statute requires reporting only on                                                             
general fund expenditures, information regarding expenditures of                                                                
Authority receipts is also included in the attached reports.                                                                    
Operating Appropriations                                                                                                      
For mental health operating program funding, the Agency Summary                                                                 
report compares the FY17 Mental Health Trust Authority operating                                                                

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budget recommendations to the Governor's request and to the                                                                     
appropriations passed by the legislature.  Note that, for comparison                                                            
purposes, Authority recommendations include FY17 salary                                                                         
adjustments and base transactions requested by the Governor. This                                                               
brings the FY17 total recommendations to $221.7 million (column 1).                                                             
The Governor requested $221.6 million (column 2), and the                                                                       
Conference Committee's budget totaled $221.4 million (column 3).                                                                
The Conference Committee budget is $116,200 (0.1 percent) less than                                                             
the Governor's request. In addition,                                                                                            
     · another $5.2 million (column 4) was appropriated to fund                                                                 
         fiscal notes associated with SB 91, SB74, and HB188; and                                                               
     · $11 million of UGF was added in DHSS/Behavioral Health as                                                                
         a FY16 supplemental (column 5) to develop additional                                                                   
         substance use disorder services and may be expended in                                                                 
         FY16, FY17, FY18 and FY19.                                                                                             
Governor's Request. An enclosed Transaction Comparison report                                                                 
shows differences between Authority recommendations and the                                                                     
Governor's request. The only difference between the two is that the                                                             
Authority requested $200.0 ($100.0 of UGF and $100.0 of MHTAAR)                                                                 
for an IT Application/Telehealth Service System Improvements                                                                    
project in Senior and Disabilities Services Administration. The                                                                 
Governor's budget includes the MHTAAR funding but excludes the                                                                  
Conference Committee Budget. The legislature treated the                                                                      
Governor's request as a starting point for budget deliberations.                                                                
Authority recommendations excluded from the Governor's request                                                                  
were not deliberated. Other than the differences listed below, the                                                              
legislature approved the Mental Health Budget as submitted by the                                                               
     · The legislature denied $116,200 of funding for salary                                                                    
         adjustments associated with Alaska Care health insurance rate                                                          
     · The legislature added an $11 million supplemental                                                                        
         appropriation (Sec. 9, HB 257) to the Department of Health                                                             
         and Social Services to develop additional substance use                                                                
         disorder services. This funding is available in FY16, FY17,                                                            
         FY18 and FY19.                                                                                                         

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     · The legislature added $5,217,800 of funding related to fiscal                                                            
         notes (see below for more details).                                                                                    
Fiscal Notes. An enclosed Mental Health Bill Fiscal Notes document                                                            
highlights legislative appropriations for fiscal notes that were included                                                       
in the Mental Health Bill (Section 2, CCS HB 257) for the following                                                             
three bills:                                                                                                                    
     · HB188 (Person with Disability Savings Accounts): $60,000                                                                 
     · SB74 (Medicaid Reform; Telemedicine; Drug Database):                                                                     
          $2,157,800 MHTAAR                                                                                                     
     · SB91 (Omnibus Criminal Law and Procedure; Corrections):                                                                  
          $3,000,000 Recidivism Reduction Fund                                                                                  
Capital Appropriations                                                                                                        
The Authority recommended a $14.75 million capital budget.  The                                                                 
Governor's request totaled $11.8 million (a reduction of $2.95                                                                  
million). The enclosed Project Detail by Agency report shows how the                                                            
Governor modified the Authority's recommendations. The legislature                                                              
approved the Governor's request as submitted.                                                                                   
We appreciate the good working relationship between the Authority                                                               
and the legislature.                                                                                                            
If you have questions regarding the enclosed reports, please contact                                                            
Amanda Ryder of the Legislative Finance Division at 465-5411.                                                                   
Senator Pete Kelly                                                                                                              
Conference Committee Chair                                                                                                      
Representative Mark Neuman                                                                                                      
Conference Committee Vice Chair                                                                                                 
Agency Summary                                                                                                                  
Transaction Compare between MH Req Tot & Gov Amd+                                                                               
Mental Health Bill Fiscal Notes                                                                                                 
Capital Project Detail by Agency"