Legislature(2017 - 2018)

2017-07-01 House Journal

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2017-07-01                     House Journal                      Page 1720
HB 59                                                                                                                         
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                                                           
3:22 p.m., June 28:                                                                                                             
    CONFERENCE CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 59                                                                                         
    "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."                                                                              
Also transmitted was a copy of the following letter dated June 19 to                                                            
Mr. Russ Webb, Chair, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority:                                                                     
"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 59 (the                                                               
FY18 Mental Health budget) and SB 23 (the Capital Bill) differ from                                                             
the FY18 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 FY18 Mental Health Trust Authority operating                                                                
budget recommendations to the Governor's request and to the                                                                     
appropriations passed by the legislature.  Note that, for comparison                                                            
purposes, Authority recommendations include FY18 salary                                                                         
adjustments and base transactions requested by the Governor. This                                                               
brings the FY18 total recommendations to $218.5 million (column 1).                                                             
The Governor requested $218.3 million (column 2), and the                                                                       
Conference Committee's budget totaled $218.1 million (column 3).                                                                
The Conference Committee budget is $215.4 (0.1 percent) less than                                                               
the Governor's request.                                                                                                         

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Governor's Request                                                                                                            
An enclosed Transaction Comparison report shows differences                                                                     
between Authority recommendations and the Governor's request. The                                                               
only differences between the two are as follows:                                                                                
    • Department of Natural Resources/Mental Health Trust Lands                                                                 
         Administration. The MH Trust requested $54.7 more of                                                                   
         MHTAAR funding than the Governor requested.                                                                            
    • Department of Revenue/Mental Health Trust Operations. The                                                                 
         Trust requested $117.0 more of MHTAAR funding than the                                                                 
         Governor's request.                                                                                                    
Conference Committee Budget                                                                                                   
The legislature treated the Governor's request as a starting point for                                                          
budget deliberations. Other than the differences listed below, the                                                              
legislature approved the FY18 Mental Health Budget as submitted by                                                              
the Governor.                                                                                                                   
    • Department of Health and Social Services/Behavioral Health                                                                
         Medicaid Services - Decremented $200.0 of GF/Mental                                                                    
         Health funding to incorporate a portion of the $462.0 of SB74                                                          
         fiscal note savings projected for FY18.                                                                                
    • Department of Revenue/Mental Health Trust Lands                                                                           
         Administration - Decremented $250.0 of MHTAAR funding                                                                  
         to eliminate funding for public relations contract.                                                                    
         • Department of Revenue/Mental Health Trust Operations.                                                               
             o Added $150.0 of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse                                                                     
                  Treatment & Prevention funding to continue to                                                                 
                  develop, implement and evaluate Fetal Alcohol                                                                 
                  Spectrum Disorder (FASD) prevention strategies and                                                            
                  to continue the FASD media campaign.                                                                          
             o Added $43.3 of MHT Admin funding to increase the                                                                 
                 travel and contractual services lines.                                                                        
    • Added $41.3 to remove the Governor's placeholder reduction                                                                
         to reflect the cost of zeroing out merit increases for exempt                                                          
         and partially exempt employees. The legislature believed this                                                          
         funding should be included in a fiscal note if legislation                                                             
         passed (which did not occur).                                                                                          

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Supplemental Appropriations                                                                                                   
All of the Mental Health supplemental requests submitted by the                                                                 
Governor were accepted by the legislature, though they are contained                                                            
within SB 23 which has not yet passed the legislature, but is expected                                                          
to do so soon, and include:                                                                                                     
    • A veterans database grant in DMVA/Veterans' Services: $50.0                                                               
    • Salary adjustments in various departments totaling $61.2 for                                                              
         the following:                                                                                                         
             o Supervisory Unit Furlough Contract Terms                                                                         
                 decrements totaling $17.2 ($16.0 UGF and $1.2                                                                  
             o Health insurance increase from $1,346 to $1,555 per                                                              
                  month for an increase of $78.4 GF/MH                                                                         
Capital Appropriations                                                                                                        
The Authority recommended a $15.2 million capital budget.  The                                                                  
Governor's request totaled $12.1 million (a reduction of $3.1 million).                                                         
The enclosed Project Detail by Agency report shows how the                                                                      
Governor modified the Authority's recommendations.                                                                              
Other than a few fund changes for two projects, 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.                                                                   
Representative Paul Seaton                                                                                                      
Conference Committee Chair                                                                                                      
Senator Lyman Hoffman                                                                                                           
Conference Committee Vice Chair                                                                                                 

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Agency Summary (Operating Budget)                                                                                               
Transaction Compare between MH Trust Request & Governor's Amd+                                                                  
Transaction Compare (GovAmd+ to CCMH)                                                                                           
Capital Project Detail by Agency"