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2016-01-19 Senate Journal

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2016-01-19                     Senate Journal                      Page 1608
SB 140                                                                                                                        
SENATE BILL NO. 140 BY THE SENATE RULES COMMITTEE                                                                               
BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR, entitled:                                                                                           
          "An Act making appropriations for the operating and                                                                   
          capital expenses of the state's integrated                                                                            
          comprehensive mental health program; and providing                                                                    
          for an effective date."                                                                                               
was read the first time and referred to the Finance Committee.                                                                  
In accordance with AS 37.14.003(b) a report of the differences                                                                  
between the Governor's proposed budget and the recommendations of                                                               
the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority was transmitted.                                                                       
Governor's transmittal letter dated January 15:                                                                                 
Dear President Meyer:                                                                                                           
Under the authority of Article III, Section 18 of the Alaska                                                                    
Constitution, I am transmitting a bill relating to the State's                                                                  
comprehensive mental health program for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY                                                                    
2017). As required by statute, it includes both operating and capital                                                           
appropriations. Also as required, the enclosed report outlines the                                                              
differences between the recommendations of the Alaska Mental Health                                                             
Trust Authority and my proposed budget.                                                                                         

2016-01-19                     Senate Journal                      Page 1609
The FY 2017 mental health budget includes $26.8 million of the $29.9                                                            
million operating and capital Trust recommendations. Due to fiscal                                                              
constraints, increases to the mental health budget were not included.                                                           
Included in the operating budget are reductions of $10.2 million for                                                            
one-time salary adjustments and Medicaid cost savings for a total                                                               
proposed FY 2017 mental health budget of $232.0 million.                                                                        
The proposed mental health budget represents a cooperative effort                                                               
between State agencies and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority.                                                            
These productive working relationships make a positive difference for                                                           
Alaska's mental health beneficiaries. We look forward to working                                                                
with the Legislature on securing passage of the FY 2017 mental health                                                           
budget bill.                                                                                                                    
I urge your prompt and favorable action on this measure.                                                                        
Bill Walker