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

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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.


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