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 House Finance budget subcommittees just concluded their deliberations on the Operating and Mental Health Budgets (HB 57, HB 59) and have maintained most of the Governor’s proposals. We are thankful for this. However, there are couple items where additional support might be helpful. Public Testimony on the budget will take place Thursday, March 2, Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4. Click on the link for more details, Joint Advocacy-BUDGET TESTIMONY-2.27.17.
- 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 Trust Beneficiaries Position Paper