News from the Alaska State Legislature, the Office of Senator Micciche
For Immediate Release: May 11, 2018
Legislature Supports Better Policy for Alaskans with Disabilities
JUNEAU – The Alaska Legislature this week provided Alaskans with disabilities greater flexibility to receive those services best suited for their needs instead of standard service bundles.
SB 174 allows the Department of Health and Social Services to partner more closely with persons with physical and mental disabilities to enable active participation in their support services.
“Alaskans with disabilities are not a number, they are amazing individual Alaskans with hopes, dreams and life plans just like all of us,” said Sen. Peter Micciche (R-Soldotna), the bill’s sponsor. “This bill provides a long overdue unifying vision to allocate and apply resources in a manner that helps Alaskans experiencing disabilities maximize their opportunities to contribute to their communities.”
SB 174 is the shared vision of over 200 individual Alaskans and organizations, including the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, the Key Coalition of Alaska, as well as everyday Alaskans and their families.
“All persons deserve to be treated with respect and dignity,” said Sen. Micciche. “Persons with physical and mental disabilities actively participating in the programs they use, enhances both their quality of life and treatment. Person-centered services enhance lives by giving individuals more control over their support services, as well as enabling full participation in their social and economic environment. This bill creates no additional cost for the state. In most cases, person-centered services create a net savings due to the removal of unnecessary ‘bundled’ services often included in support services.”
SB 174 passed the Senate unanimously and passed the House by a vote of 36 to 1, for a combined vote of 54 to 1. The bill now goes to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.
For more information, contact Senate Majority Press Secretary Daniel McDonald at (907) 465-4066.
News & Videos more >
ANCHORAGE – Today, a bill designating September 11 of each year as Patriot Day was signed into law.
Today Governor signed a bill allowing school districts to temporarily fill vacancies with qualified retired teachers.
Today the Alaska Supreme Court ruled that major portions of Ballot Measure #1 may appear on November’s general election ballot, despite striking down other un-constitutional...
ANCHORAGE – Today, a bill to increase Alaskans’ access to affordable behavioral healthcare and save state dollars was signed into law.
ANCHORAGE – Today, a bill ensuring that companies in the business of helping Alaskans appraise real estate can continue to operate was signed into law.
ANCHORAGE – A bill to protect Alaskans from the adverse health effects of secondhand smoke in the workplace was signed into law this week by Gov. Bill Walker....
ANCHORAGE – Today, Sen. Bert Stedman (R-Sitka), chairman of the Legislative Budget & Audit Committee, sent the Department of Law a criminal referral for the unauthorized leak of a...
ANCHORAGE – Sen. Bert Stedman (R-Sitka) today announced he will serve on the National Petroleum Council (NPC) following his appointment to the board by the Secretary of the Department...
ANCHORAGE – A bill to reduce the state’s regulatory burden on barbers, hairdressers, hair braiders and those with student loans was signed into law today by Gov. Bill Walker....
Find your Senator full map
- Chugiak/Peters Creek
- Eagle River
- Jewel Lake, Kincaid, Turnagain, Lake Hood, Sand Lake, Spenard, Dimond, Campbell Lake
- Midtown, Dimond, Huffman, Klatt, Southport, Bayshore, Oceanview
- Huffman, O'Malley, Abbott, Loop, Independence Park, East Dowling
- Northeast Anchorage, Anchorage Hillside, Indian, Bird, Girdwood and Portage
- Downtown, Airport Heights, Fairview, Government Hill, Mountain View, Russian Jack, South Addition
- Spenard, Midtown, UMed
- Muldoon, JBER, College Gate, Nunaka Valley, Wonder Park
- Palmer, Butte, Eklutna, Fairview, Lazy Mountain Knik, Gateway
- Wasilla, Meadow Lakes, Knik Big Lake, Point MacKenzie, Goose Bay, North Fairview
- Mat-Su, Delta Junction, Valdez, Copper River Valley, Talkeetna, Valdez
- North Pole, Farmers Loop
- UAF & University West, Chena Ridge, Kenny Lake, Tok, Copper Center & Tanana
- Adak, Bethel, Cold Bay, Cantwell, King Cove, Nenana, Hooper Bay, Sand Point & Unalaska
- Barrow, Nome, Kotzebue, Northeast + Northwest Alaska