The Trust, in conjunction with its statutory Advisory Boards, maintains an advocacy network that helps keep beneficiaries and organizations engaged and informed on legislative issues and bills that may have an impact on Trust beneficiaries.
The joint advocacy efforts during Legislative session include:
- Maintaining a bill tracking spreadsheet
- Hosting weekly Legislative teleconferences
- Developing and distributing action alerts
Other efforts and trainings occur when the Legislature is not in session.
To join this advocacy network please fill out the below — at any time, you can opt to be engaged in any of the above-mentioned activities. To learn more about these efforts, please click here.
Below are a Few of the Current Advocacy Efforts
- The Trust is actively engaged in multiple statewide efforts reexamining the criminal justice system and, in particular the causes of and opportunities for reducing the involvement of Trust beneficiaries. Read more here, Criminal Justice Reform-TRUST BENEFICIARIES-10.20.17-final
- Senate Bill 54 proposes substantive changes to SB 91, the criminal justice reform bill passed in 2016. Read more about SB 54 here, SB 54 Criminal Justice Reform-TALKING POINTS-10.20.17-final
- Maintaining Community-Based Services: When community-based services for people with disabilities are reduced, more people will end up in nursing homes, psychiatric hospitals, emergency rooms, jail or prison – most often at state expense. When serving vulnerable Alaskans, there will always be public costs – either on the front end with community supports or on the back end with institutional care. Safety Net Services for Alaskans-POSITION PAPER-8.14.16-FINAL2
- The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority and partner advisory boards support using new revenue sources in order to maintain programs and services that serve vulnerable Alaskans.Increase Revenue to Maintain Support Services-POSITION PAPER-8.14.16-FINAL