House Health and Human Services Finance Committee 3/14/17

>>> THIS IS THE FINANCE CO ALL IN FAVOR SAY AYE. >> AYE. THE MINUTES HAVE BEEN MOVED. HOUSE FILE 874 WILL BE LAID WE HAVE THE BILL BEFORE US. I UNDERSTAND THERE IS AN A ONE AMENDM REPRESENTATIVE HAMILTON MOVES THE AMENDMENT. LET’S GO TO YOUR AMENDMENT. >> THANK YOU MR. CHAIRMAN AND COMMITTE THE DEPARTMENT DID WEIGH-IN ON TH THIS IS AN AMENDMENT. >> ALL IN FAVOR SAY AYE. >> AYE. >> OPPOSED. IT’S AMENDED. >> THANK YOU MR. CHAIRMAN AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE FOR BEING HERE TODAY. WHAT THE BILL DOES IS IT APPROPRIATES MONEY FOR HOUSING SERVICES INCLUDING LONG-TERM HOME LESSER ADVICES. HOUSING SUPPORT WITH ADULTS. TRANSITIONAL HOUSING AND EMERGENCY SERVICES. WITH THAT I WOULD LIKE TO TURN IT OVER TO MY TESTIFIERS. >> WELCOME TO THE COMMITTEE AND PROCEED WITH YOUR TES >> THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR AND MEMBERS. I’M THE DIRECTOR OF THE MINNESOTA COALITION OF THE COALITION. I’M HEAR RELATIONSHIPPING THE THIS IS A COALITION OF MORE TH 170 ENDORSING ORGANIS THIS IS A NONPROFIT SERVICE THIS IS THE FULL HOUSING CONTINUUM. WE HAVE MANY ADVOCATES FROM A CROSS THE STATE. MANY HAVE TRAVELED GREAT THEY ARE MEETING WITH LAWMAKERS FROM EVERY DISTRICT FOR THE 2017 AGENDA I WOULD LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT THE IMPACT THE INVESTMENTS CONTAINED IN THIS BILL WILL HAVE FOR NOT JUST IN THE URBAN CENTERS BUT RURAL COMMUNITIES AS WELL. BEFORE I DO THAT I JUST WANT TO PAUSE FOR A MOMENT AND HIGHLIGHT THE FACT THAT HOMELESSNESS IS NOT JUST AN URBAN ISSUE; RIG A LOT OF FOLKS IN RURAL COMMUNITIES DON’T SEE IT’S A LESS VISIBLE PROBL THERE IS HOMELESSNESS IN THE RURAL PARTS OF THE STATE. I’VE TRAVELED ALL ACROSS THE STATE MORE THAN 3;000 MILES VISITING PROVIDERS WHO WORK IN RURAL COMMUNITIES ATTEMPTING TO HOUSE FOLKS AND WHEN YOU 100 OR 200 MILES A WAY FROM AN EMERGENCY SHELTER YOU MIGHT TUCK YOUR CHILD INTO A DOGHOUSE ON SOMEONES PROPERTY. YOU MIGHT SLEEP-IN A FISH HOUSE ON A FROZEN LAKE. YOU MIGHT WALK THE AISLES OF A 24/SEVEN WAL-MART. YOU MIGHT SNEAK INTO A HOSPIT THIS IS A STATEWIDE ISSUE. JUST BECAUSE YOU DON’T LIVE AN I EMERGENCY SHELTER DOESN’T MEAN YOUR COMMUNITY IS NOT EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS. I WOULD LIKE TO CALL-OUT FOUR PROGRAMS THAT THE INVESTMENT WILL SUPPORT. WE HAVE AN INVESTMENT. THAT INCLUDING BASE WITH IMPACT ANDESTED 14;000 INDIV THE TRANSITIONAL HOUSING PROGRAM THAT OFFERS TIME LIMITED HOUSING THIS IS A PROGRAM CALLED HOUSING AND SUPPORT. THIS GRANT WILL INCREASE HOUSING OPTIONS. 4;000 INDIVIDUALS FINALLY THE LONG-TERM HOMELESS SUPPORT SERVICES WILL PROVIDE SUPPORT AND HOUSING FOR HOMELESS FAMILIES AND ADULTS. A $2 MILLION INVESTMENT WILL IMPACT 1500 HOUSEHOLDS. THIS WILL HELP EMERGENCY SHELTERS TO LONG-TERM HO MORE THAN 10;000 PEOPLE CAN BE HE THAT NUMBER IS FAR TOO HIGH. IT REFLECTS THE LAST DECREASE FROM THE RESEARCH IN 2012. IN GOOD NEWS IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA THEY HAVE MADE UNIQUE PROGRESS TOWARDS ENDING HOMELE THEY HAVE SIMILAR RECOVERIES. WE HAVE DONE THIS WITH TARGETED INVESTMENT AND SERVICE INTERVENTION WITH THIS BILL. WE ARE DOING GOOD WORK. I REQUESTED THIS COMMITTEE TO HELP GROW OUR EFFORTS AND A TOTAL OF 21;000 MINNESOTANS IN NEED. I ASSURE YOU THERE ARE A FEW MORE INVESTMENTS WE CAN MAKE TO BUILD A MINNESOTA WERE EVERYONE HAS A CHANCE TO THRIVE. ON BEHALF OF OUR COALITION AND OUR HUNDREDS OF ADVOCATES THAT ARE HERE TODAY. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE HAMPTON FOR CARRYING HOUSE FILE 874. I’M HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY >> THANK YOU; I APPRECIATE Y TESTIMONY TODAY IS THERE ANYMORE TESTIFIERS FROM THE AUDIENCE THAT WOULD LIKE TO SEEING NONE I’LL OPEN TO MEMBER REPRESENTATIVE MUSH PHI. >> THANK YOU MR. THANK YOU REPRESENTATIVE HAMILTON. >> SEEM TODAY HAS BEEN THE DAY OF LARGE GROUP MEETING. THERE WAS A GROUP OF STUDENTS FROM OPEN WORLD LEARNING ACADEMY SCHOOL IN ST. PAUL HERE TO TALK ABOUT HOMELESSNESS TODAY. WE DON’T TALK ABOUT THIS THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE WILL SET TARGETS. THEY WILL TELL THE STORY OF WHAT COMES NEXT. REPRESENTATIVE HAMILTON IS CARRYING AN IMPORT IMPORTANT PEACE OF LEGISLATION. WE WON’T BE ABLE TO DO THE THINGS WE BELIEVE WE SHOULD BE DOING IF ARE THE PEOPLE OF MINNESOT I’M HAPPY YOU ARE HERE. I’M HAPPY THERE ARE PEOPLE HERE FROM ACROSS MINNESOTA. THE POWER THAT COMES FROM THE PEOPLE OF MINNESOTA AND MAKE SURE THE LEADERSHIP OF THE HOUSE UNDERSTANDS HOW IMPORTANT THIS IS TO THE PEOPLE. REPRESENTATIVE DEAN DOESN’T HAVE TO CUT UP TO GET THIS FUNDED. WE DON’T TALK ABOUT THIS IN HERE. IT HAPPENS IN A CORNER OFFICE. SO MUCH OF WHAT YOU ARE LOBBYING FOR AND EVERYONE IS HERE FOR RESTS ON THAT DECISION THAT WILL HAPPEN IN THE CORNER OFFICE. IT’S IMPORTANT THAT YOU ARE HERE TESTIFYING SO WE CAN HELP YOU BUILD POWER AND TELL THAT IF WE DON’T GET ENOUGH NUMBER OUT OF THE CORNER. POLICE DIRECT YOUR EFFORTS IN THAT DIRECTION AS WE THANK YOU; REPRESENTATIVE MURPHY. SPEAKING OF THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM THERE IS PROBABLY NOT ENOUGH ROOM FOR AN ELEPHANT THE ROOM. ROOM 181 IS ALSO FILLED. TRY TO MAKE YOURSELF AS COMFORTABLE AS YOU CAN. REPRESENTATIVE HAMILTON BILL 873 WE WILL HEAR THAT BILL NEXT. WE’LL TRY TO GET TO THAT AND IT COULD HELP IF YOU COULD OPEN THE SIDE DOORS. IT MIGHT BE TOASTY UP THERE. WE HAVE HAD A LOT OF INTERESTED FOLKS HERE TODAY. THAT’S WELL INDEED. REPRESENTATIVE. >> I WAS GOING TO COMMENT ON THAT. HOW MANY OF YOU ARE HERE FOR HOMES FOR ALL TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. WOW; THAT’S REALLY GRE THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. IT’S A GREAT PROBLEM TO HAVE TO HAVE THE ROOM BE PACKED AND SEE THE HALLS REALLY PACKED WITH PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT PEOPLE WHO ARE HOMELESS IN MINNESOTA AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILIT I THINK THAT’S WHAT MAKES IT FABULOUS. IT’S INTERESTING TO SEE YOU ALL I DON’T HAVE A QUESTION. I HEARD FROM A FEW ADVOCATES TODAY IN MY OFFICE. A FEW PERSONAL STORIES ABOUT WHAT THIS KIND OF SUPPORT HAS MEANT FOR THEM. WE ARE AT A TIME WHEN OFTEN WE HAVE THE COMMUNITY COMING TO US SAYING THEY HAVE TROUBLE FINDING WORKERS. YET; WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO CAN’T FIND HOMES WHO COULD BE GETTING THE SERVICES THEY NEED. WHO COULD BE BACK ON TRACK TO BE PRODUCTIVE MEMBERS OF SOCIETY WHO NEED A LITTLE HELP TO DO THAT. IT’S A DEMONSTRATION ON HOW MUCH WE DEPEND ON EACH OTHER AS A ST THAT’S PART OF OUR RECIPE FOR WE HAVE PAID ATTENTION WHO NEE A LITTLE HAND UP TO GET BACK INTO THE WORK FORCE AND LIVE HAPPY SUCCESSFUL LIVES. I’M PROUD TO SEE EVERYONE HERE TODA LIKE REPRESENTATIVE MURPHY I JUST WANT TO HE CAN ECHO THE ISSUES BEFORE US THIS YEAR. EVERY YEAR WHEN WE LOOK AT THE GREAT NEEDS OF PEOPLE IN MINNESOTA. HOW WILL WE PROVIDE FOR THOSE? WE HAVE TO THINK OF OUR BUDGET LIKE A PIE. WE CAN ONLY SPEND SO MUCH WE DON’T GET TO PRINT MONEY LIKE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. WE CAN ONLY SPEND WHAT THE FORECAST IS. SO THINK OF IT AS IT THERE IS ONE PIE PIECE FOR HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. REPRESENTATIVE DEAN WILL HAVE TO PUT TOGETHER AN BUDGET AND MAKE TOUGH CHOSES NO MATTER WHAT. ONE THING THAT MAY HAPPEN THIS ONE OF THE BIG PIECES IS FOR TAX CUTS FOR WEALTHY MINNESOTANS. PROBABLY A LOT OF IT. AS WE CONSIDER IMPORTANT ISSUES LIKE THIS ONE. IT’S NOT ALWAYS IN THIS THANK YOU VERY MUCH REPRESENTATIVE HAMILTON. THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THE GREAT LEGISLATION YOU HAVE BEEN THANK YOU. >> THANK YOU MR. CHA I THINK MY COLLEAGUES SAID GREAT THINGS. EVERY BIENNIUM WE MAKE HARD AND DIFFICULT CHOIC I THINK THEY MADE A LOT OF PROMISES AND HOPE IN MINNESOTA. THEY COME TO US WITH SUCH IMPORTANT TEASES OF THIS IS ONE OF THEM. WHEN I LOOK AT THE DOLLARS AMOUNT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE CONTEXT OF THE ENTIRE STATE BUDGET $1 MILLION FOR LONG-TERM HOMELESS SUPPORT. THAT SEEMS LIKE AN AMAZING BANG FOR THE BUC WE KNOW WITHOUT THE SERVICES WE ARE LOOKING AT ADDITIONAL COST CARE A ND HOSPITALIZATION AND PEOPLE AREN’T ABLE TO HAVE THEIR MENTAL HEALTH TREATED. THEY ARE CRIMINALIZED THAT WAY. WHATEVER IT MAY BE USED. I CAN’T IMAGE. THEY WERE HOMELESS BECAUSE THEY WERE ON PROPERTY. THERE IS A FISH HOUSE THAT ARE WAYS PEOPLE CAN BE CRIMINALIZED FOR BEING HOMELESS. THEY HAVE THEIR CHILDREN TAKEN THEY MIGHT BE SLEEPING ON COUCHES OR YOU KNOW; IN THEIR CARS TO TRY TO KEEP FAMILIES THIS KIND OF STABILITY. ARE THERE SOME ANALYSIS YOU CAN SHARE WITH US ABOUT WHAT THIS SAVES IN TERMS OF THIS-TYPE OF IS THERETHERE CERTAINLY IS. >> THANK YOU. >> THERE ARE MULTIPLE STU BOTH ON A NATIONAL LEVEL AND A LOCAL LEVEL. THIS WAS PUBLISHED BY WILDER RESEARCH. I WOULD BE HAPPY TO PROVIED COPIES OF THOSE STUDIES AND RETURN ON INVESTMENT STUDIES. CRITICISM OF THAT STUDY IS THAT IT’S BEEN PERHAPS A LITTLE TOO CO ALSO WHAT I MIGHT SHARE I THINK ECHOES SOME OF THE COMMENTS THAT YOU HAVE MADE IS THAT; YOU KNOW; YOU CAN PUT ALL OF THE MONEY IN THE WORLD INTO EDUCATION INTO PUBLIC SAFETY. INTO; YOU KNOW; YOU NAME IT. PEOPLE DON’T HAVE A PLACE TO LIVE WE CAN’T EXPECT THEM TO SU WHEN WE THINK ABOUT A RETURN ON OUR INVESTMENT I WOULD LIKE TO REMIND THE COMMITTEE THEY A MOST EXPERIENCING THIS ARE CHILDREN. HALF OF THE KIDS ARE UNDER THE AGE OF FIVE. IN FACT THE AVERAGE AGE OF A HOMELESS PERSON IN THE STATE EIGHT YEARS OLD. I’M NOT SURE HOW WE CAN EXPECT KIDS TO DO WELL IN SCHOOL; GO ONTO COLLEGE; GET A GOOD JOB. AND BE COME PRODUCTIVE MEMBERS OF SOCIETY WHEN THEY ARE IN A HEATED DOGHOUSE IN RURAL >> THANK YOU MR. CHAIRMAN. FIRST OF ALL QUESTION TO THE THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT PROBLEM AND THIS IS A PROBLEM THAT’S RECOGNIZED ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. >> INDEE >> WE HAVE REALTIES BUT IN SOME OF THE SOLUTIONS IS THERE PARTICIPATION TO PRIVATE LEVELS TO COMPANIES COMING IN AND HELPING OUT WITH SOME OF THIS? >> MR. CHAIR; REPRESENTATIVE I WISH I HAD IT IN FRONT OF ME THE EXACT DATA. AGAIN; I’M HAPPY TO GET BACK TO YOU AT A ANOTHER POINT AND TIME. SOME OF OUR OTHER MATERIALS TALK ABOUT THE WAYS IN WHICH THE PUBLIC DOLLARS LEVERAGE PRIVATE DOLLARS. I’D BE HAPPY TO GET IT TO YOU. >> REPRESENTATIVE LUNEN. >> I’M FAMILIAR WITH MANY CORPORATIONS THAT ARE FULLY AWARE OF WHAT A DRAMATIC PRO THIS IS. YOU CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT IN HOMELESSNESS WHERE WE CREATE AN ANY ONE THAT CAN CLEAN THE FISH CAN SOLVE THE PROBLEM WE ARE LOOKING FOR IT. THE PROCESS WE HAVE TO GO THROUGH WAS BROUGHT UP EARLIER AND IT’S MORE THAN TARGETS AND WE MUST MAKE SURE WE ARE SPENDING EFFECTIVE THERE ARE GREAT RESOURCES. I HAVE A LOT OF RESPECT FOR THAT SIDE OF THE TABLE. I HOPE WE CAN LOOK AT REALLOCATION. I HAD SOME STOP BY MY OFFICE TODAY AND HELP ON THE FIFTH FLUSTFLUSTRATION WITH THE EXPERIENCE OF THE APARTMENT SOME OF THE REAL PROBLEMS AND PEOPLE ARE INVOLVED IN. GOING THROUGH AND WORKING TOGETHER ON MAKING SURE WE SPEND EFFECTIVELY WILL GO ONCE THE TARGETS COME OUT AND SEE HOW BIG OF A PIECE OF PIE WE HAVE. WE MAKE SURE WE GET AS MUCH DONE. WE REVISIT SOME OF IT PLA I HAVE A LONG TERM HISTORY OF SPENDING MONEY ON AND DECIDIN IS THIS THE MOST USE OF THE PRODUCT. SITUATIONS LIKE THIS CALL FOR SOLUTIONS IN THE REPUBLICAN WE SPOKE ABOUT THIS. IT’S VERY PASSIONATE. WE ALL HAVE THE SAME OBJECTIVE. >> THANK YOU MR. CHA YOU REPRESENTATIVE HANSON FOR BRINGING THIS FORWARD. I SPENT 13 YEARS IN JAIL MI NOT IN JAIL BUT JAIL MINIS I HAVE TO CLARIFY THAT. I ALSO WITH YOU 15 YEARS; 16 YEARS ON THE LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD. I’VE ALSO DEALT WITH MANY HOMELESS SITUATION. I FIND MYSELF IN DID HE SAY PATE A FEW THINGS IS THAT ONE OF TO STUDIES THAT’S OUT THERE THE MINNESOTA FAMILY COUNCIL THE GOVERNMENT PROGRAM REINFORCED FAMILY. 90% OF CHILDREN WILL BE RAISED OUT OF POVERTY. MOST OF THE GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS FOR WHAT EVER REASON TEND TO PENALIZE TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE AND UNDERMINE THE STABILITY OF THE FAMILY. WHAT WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND IS WHEN WE ALLOW GOVERNMENT TO DO THAT THERE IS A HUGE PRICE TO PAY CULTURALLY FOR THAT. AGAIN; YOU CAN FIND THE STUDY MINNESOTA FAMILY COUNCIL. ANOTHER THING IS IT’S THE PRIVATE SECTOR THAT GENERATES THE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT ALLOW US TO DO THE THINGS WE DO TO HELP PEOPLE WHETHER IT’S A NURSING HOME OR HOMELESS. PEOPLE IN DYER SITUATION; DISABLED; MEDICAL ASSISTANCE. THEY GENERATE THE TAX DOLLARS THAT ALLOW US TO DO THESE THINGS. WHEN A STATE IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY HAS VERY HIGH TAXES AND HIGH REGULATIONS IT ACTUALLY STIFLES THE UNREASONABLE TAXES. IT ACTUALLY STIFLES PRIVATE GR THE RESULT IS WE HAVE FEWER DOLLARS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA THAT NEED THE HEL NOW YOU SAY WELL THAT’S JUST YOUR OPINION; GLENN. WELL THE MINNESOTA MANAGEMENT BUDGET CAME OUT WITH AN ANALYSIS IN APRIL OF 2015 THAT ACTUALLY SHOWED THAT LOWERED TAXES. ONE THING WE HAVE TO DO IS BECOME COMPETITIVE LIKE IN MY DISTRICT WERE WE HAD A DISTRICT THAT ONCE EMPLOYED 3;000 PEOPLE PRIVATE BUSINESS. MOST OF OF THE PRODUCTION HAS MOVED OUT-OF-STATE. WITH THAT MILLIONS OF TAX THEY MOVED THE STATE WITH MORE REASON REG THERE ARE MORE REASONABLE REGULATION AND REGULATIONS WE ARE CONSTANTLY RAISING TAXES AND INCREASING REGULATION. WE HAVE LESS ASSETS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE WHO RE NEED IT. THANK YOU. >> THANK YOU MR. CHAIR THIS IS VERY IMPOR ONE THING I WANT TO MENTION IS WE SEE THESE DOLLARS. WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO LEVERAGE THIS BY GETTING LOCAL SUPPO WHERE I CAN DEMONSTRATE THAT CLEARLY IS WHEN THE HOMELESS YOUTH ACT WENT THROUGH AND THEY HAD THE LARGE INCREAS THEY ALLOWED OUR YOUTH TO DO AN EXPANSION IN BROOKLYN PARK. IT WASN’T ABLE TO MAKE THAT FUNDING COME. ONE OF THE OTHER THINGS I WANT TO GET INTO IS CONCERNS ABOUT TAX CUTS. I LOOKED OVER THE YEARS AND HOW THE TAX RATES AND THE TOP OF OUR SCALE HAS GONE DOWN. THE PROMISED GROWTH. SOMETIMES I THINK WHERE THE TAX RATES ARE IN THE COMMUNI WE ARE TAKING A LOOK THROUGH. WE ADDRESS THE NEEDS AND THE MOST VULNERABLE SOCIETY WHEN I LOOK AT THE SOCIETY YOU CAN DETERMINE HOW GOOD THE ATTITUDE IS WHEN YOU SEE HOW THEY TAKE CARE OF MOST VULNERABLE. I ALSO LIVE TO SUPPORT THEM. THIS GOES FOR THE NEXT BILL. MORE IMPORTANTLY WHAT IMPAC HERE IS SOME OF THE MONEY GOES TO OUR ORGANIZES THAT ALLOW PEOPLE TO PAY A LIVING RAN A LOT OF ORGANIZES CAN’T GO OUT AND RAISE PRICES LIKE PRIVATE BUSINESSES CAN. THEY HAVE TO RELY ON RAISING CONTRIBUTIONS OR MORE OFTEN THAN NOT SOME OF THESE ORGANIZES ARE GETTING THEIR REVENUES FROM THE WHEN THEY DON’T PROVIDE THE ADDITIONAL RESOURCES THE PEOPLE DOING THIS WORK ARE LIVING ON SUBSTANDARD AND WAGES LESS THAN A LIVING WAGE. WE HAVE TO KEEP THAT IN MIND WHILE PROVIDING ADEQUATE FUNDING. FINAL THOUGHTS REPRESENTATIVE >> THANK YOU MR. CHAIR AND COMMITTEE FOR YOUR THOUGHTFUL DISCUSSION. THAT’S MY BUDDY JOHN UP THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. I’MTHIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE A SHOUT OUT TO MY MOM WHO DID A WONDERFUL JOB RAISING MY SISTER AND I. WITH THAT; MR. CHAIRMAN I WOULD ASK FOR YOUR SUPPORT. >> ALL RIGHT; THE COMMITTEE GIVES A SHOUT OUT TO HAMILTON; WITH THAT HOUSE FILE 874 AS AMENDED WILL BE LAID OVER FOR POSSIBLE INCLUSION. NEXT UP WE HAVE HOUSE FILE 87 3. REPRESENTATIVE HAMILTON MOVES 87 3. WE HAVE THE A ONE AMEND BEFORE US. REPRESENTATIVE HAMILTON MOVES THE A ONE AMENDMENT. ALL IN FAVOR SAY AYE. >> AYE. >> OPPOSED; NO. THE A ONE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. HEP HAMILTON I WOULD LIKE TO ASK YOU TO PRESENT YOUR BILL AS AMEN I WOULD LIKE TO ALSO REMIND MEMBERS WE DO HAVE SEVERAL BILLS ON THE AGENDA TODAY. WE WOULD LIKE TO GET THROUGH ALL OF THEM. WE DON’T HAVE ROOMS RESERVED FOR THIS EVENING. PLEASE TAKE THAT INTO ALSO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION FOLKS HAVE TRAVELED DISTANCES TO TESTIFY IN THESE BILLS. WE WOULD LIKE TO MOVE THINGS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. >> WE WENT THROUGH IT AND DIDN’T GET A CHANCE TO LOOK AT IT. >> FOR THE A ONE. I’M SORRY. >> MOVE TO FOR RECKON ACID RECONACID RATION OF THE A ONE AMENDMENT. WOULD ANYONE LIKE TO TESTIFY ON THE A ONE AMENDMENT? >> WELCOME TO THE COMMITTEE. INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO THE COMMITTEE. >> I WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OF AS FOR COUNCIL FIVE WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE WORKERS. IT’S NOT COMMON. WE HAVE TWO COUNTIES WERE THERE IS THE CASE. THIS BILL IN IT’S ORIGINAL FORM INCREASES FUNDING TO WORKERS. IN THE CURRENT VERSION IT REQUIRES YOU TO DISCUSS AND COME TO AN AGREEMENT TO SPEND THAT FU WE NEED TO MAINTAIN. PASS ANY ADDITIONAL FUNDING IT ALLOWS THE COUNTY TO TAKE THE ADDITIONAL FUNDING. THEY ARE REQUIRED TO BE DEDICATED TO THIS PURPOSE. THAT’S SOME THING WE ARE OPPOSED TO >> ALL RIGHT; THANK YOU. >> THERE WILL BE A ROLL CALL. >> REPRESENTATIVE HAMILTON. I WOULD LIKE TO GET THIS TO DIRECT CARE WORKERS? THEY ARE NOT THE DIRECT WORKERS WE ARE LOOKING FOR ON THE BILL. THE INTENT OF THIS AMENDMENT IS TO EXCLUDE COUNTY CASE FROM MY UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT WE DISCUSSED THESE ARE THE ONLY TWO FACILITIES WERE COUNTY WORKERS ARE EMPLOYED TO PROVIDE COUNTY THERE IS ONE IN RAMSEY AND SCOTT >> THANK YOU. >> IF I COULD ASK MR. GOOD TO JUST; IF YOU WOULDN’T MIND INTRODUCE YOURSELF FOR THE RECORD AND BREAK DOWN TWO DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE THANK YOU. >> MR. CHAIRMAN; MEMBERS. KEVIN GOODELL. REPRESENTATIVE THE ORGANIZE AND TRAINING AND DISABILITY. THIS I AMENDMENT DOESN’T DO WHAT WE DISCUSSED IN REPRESENTATIVE HAMILTON’S OFFICE. IT DOES EXCLU THERE ARE TWO COUNTY IF I MOVE THIS AMENDMENT I WOULD LIKE TO WITHDRAW THAT. THIS IS NOT WHAT WE AGREED ON YESTERDA >> REPRESENTATIVE HAMILTON REMOVES THE A ONE AMENDMENT AND I’M SURE THE INTERESTED PARTIES WILL CONTINUE TO WORK ON THIS AS IT BILL MOVES FORWARD. >> THANK YOU MR. CHAIRMAN. >> CAN WE GO TO THE TESTIMONY. >> LET’S DO THAT. REPRESENTATIVE HAMILTON; TESTIFIERS. >> YES; THANK YOU MR. CHAIR AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE. MY NAME IS PAM. WE ARE FACING AN UNPRECEDENTED WORK FORCE CRISIS AND COMMUNITY DAY SERVICES THE LEGISLATION BEFORE YOU TODAY WAS BETTER COME COMPENNATION OF QUALITY OF CARE WITH PEOPLE WITH DIS WHEN SHE WAS FIVE YEARS OLD SHE SUFFERED SEVERE BRAIN DAMAGE FROM A. SHE CAN NO LONGER SPEAK. SHE’S PARTIALLY BLIND AND NOT ABLE TO PROTECT HERSELF FROM SHE HAS A CONTINUING SEIZURE SHE FALLS WITHOUT WARNING. THIS IS WHY SHE HAS TO W HELMET. SARAH IS REALLY AN AMAZINGLY HAPPY AND LOVING PERSON. FOUR YEARS AGO WE MOVED HER TO A FACILITY AND CARE FACILITY WITH SEVERE DISABILITIE AT FIRST WE NOTICED SOME TURNOVER IN STAFF AT SARAH’S HO WITHIN THE LAST TWO YEARS THE STAFF TURNOVER HAS INCREASED NOW INSTEAD OF THREE STAFFING. TWO IS THE MINIMUM THAT THE HOUSE CAN MAINTAIN IT’S LICENSING. CURRENTLY THE NONPROFIT THAT OPERATESSAR OPERATES SARAH’S HOUSE CAN HAVE A TURNOVER. THE TURNOVER RATES ARE HAVING AN ENORMOUS EFFECT OF QUALITY AND CARE. THE HOUSE USED IN THE COMMUNITY SHE WOULD GO SHOPPING AND GO TO THE MOVIE THIS RARELY HAPPENS THE ONLY TIME SARAH IS INCLUDED IN HER COMMUNITY IS WHEN HER DAD AND HER TAKE HER WITH US; LIKE TODAY. WITHOUT ADEQUATE STAFFING THEY WON’T BE ABLE TO BE ACHIEVED BECAUSE WE DON’T HAVE THE STAFF TO HELP WITH THAT. THE HEALTH OF THE CHILDREN WON’T BE PUT AT RISK. INDIVIDUALS EXPERIENCING THE WORK FORCE CRISIS EVER EVERY SINGLE DAY. WE SEE THE CRISIS EVERY TIME WE GO TO THE GROUP HOME AND DAY PROGRAM THAT CARE FOR THE WE SEE THE CHANGES IN STAFF AND WORRY WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE FUTURE OF THE CHILDREN. WHAT WILL THIS MEAN FOR OUR WHEN THEY WANT TO BE IN THE COMMUNITY AND PART OF THE COMMUNITY. WE NEED TO INVEST IN THESE SERVICES FOR SARAH AND ALL OF THE OTHERS WITH DISABILITY IN MINNESOTA THAT REALLY DEPEND ON THEM EVERY DAY. I THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION AND I ASK FOR YOUR SUPPORT THIS BIL >> THANK YOU. WE APPRECIATE IT. REPRESENTATIVE HAS A QUE FOR YOU. >> THANK YOU MR. CHAIR I DON’T HAVE A QUESTION. 4% ON $11 AN HOUR IS 44-CENT AN HOUR. THAT’S 12 OR $13 A WEEK AND 40 AND 50 A MONTH. THIS BILL DOESN’T ADDRESS THE PROBLEM AND WILL NOT FIX IT. IT’S TERRIBLY INADEQUAT I HAVE ANOTHER BILL THAT WILL BE COMING UP. I HOPE IT WILL GET A HEARING. IT STARTS AT 10% AND 5%. WE HAVE AN $1.65 BILLION IF WE AREN’T GOING TO ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM IN A MEANINGFUL WAY AT A POINT WHEN WE HAVE THIS KIND OF SURPLUS I DON’T SEE IT QUITE FRANKLY IF LAST YEARS HISTORY IS REPEATED WHERE WE WERE TOLD IT WAS PASSED AND THE MONEY WAS ALLOCATED WE’RE JUST MAKE THE PROBLEM BIGGER AND GIVING HOPE WHEN THERE ISN’T ANY. IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORK FORCE WE NEED TO GO FORWARD IN A MEANINGFUL WAY THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. >> REPRESENTATIVE. >> THANK YOU MR. CHAIR. I UNDERSTAND WE HAVE A JAMMED PACKED AGENDA. I’VE BEEN INVITED ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS AND THERE ARE OTHER FAMILIES THAT ARE EXPERIENCING I WANT TO SAY THAT THEY TOUCHED ON A FEW THINGS ABOUT DIGNITY AND BASIC HEALTH AND SAFETY SAYING WE’LL IGNORE IF WE GET A CUT TARGET IN HHS. WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THE MY ENTIRE CAREER WITH THE LEGISLATURE IS LONG BUT LONG WE HAVE THE STAFF TURNOVER WE ARE LOOKING F I HAVE TO HEAR STORY ABOUT THERE IS A DISMISSAL OF HUMAN DIGNITY IF WE TURN OUR BACKS ON THE NEEDS. I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT THIS AND HOW DOES THIS WORK. FOR ALL OF THE WORKERS IN THE ROOM I’VE BEEN WITH YOU AND I’VE BEEN ON THAT SIDE OF THE CAREGIVER AND THE FAMILY I DID CARE GIVING FOR I SPENT HOLIDAY DINNERS WITH BEFORE I START THE YOU ARE PART OF THE FAMILY. CONTINUITY OF CARE. I SPENT EVERY DAY TRUSTING OTHER THERE IS HAPPINESS AS A HUMAN BEING. WE’LL TAKE THIS TO A LEVEL WHE WE CAN ENSURE CONTINUITY AND WE CAN ENSURE WE HAVE THE BEST CAREGIVERS AVAILABLE FOR THE PEOPLE IN SOCIETY. SO; I REALLY; REALLY ENCOURAGE MEMBERS. I ENCOURAGE THE PUBLIC TO MAKE SURE THEIR VOICES ARE BEING HEAR THAT’S ALL I’VE SEEN SINCE I’VE BEEN IN THE LEGISLATURE. BECAUSE OF THOSE TARGETS WE KEEP KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD. IT’S GETTING MORE IMPORTANT EVERY SINGLE DAY. I REALLY WANT TO SAY THAT WE HEAR YOU AND WE REALLY WANT YOU TO MAKE SURE THAT THESE PRIORITIES ARE ON ON PAR. >> THANK YOU MR. CHAIR. JUST AN REMINDER TO THE BODY. YES; WE HAD A CUT TARGET TO HHS INCLUDING 2013 AND 2014 WHEN WE HAD TO CUT OUR TARGET WITH HHS WITH A $2 BILLION DEFICIT WITH THAT; LADIES AND GENTLEMEN I AM NEIGHBORS WITH TWO HOME BASED COMMUNITY HOMES. ONE IS NEXT TO ME. NEXT DOOR TO ME IS MY NEIGHBOR. TWO DOORS DOWN IS ANOTHER I HAVE THE JOY OF BEING ABLE TO SEE THESE INDIVIDUALS EACH EVERY DAY WHEN OUTSIDE FOR THEIR WALKS ARE LEAVING FOR THEIR ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE OF THEIR HOME OVER THE YEAR THERE HAS BEEN AN 8.96% INCREASE IN THE COMMUNITY. THAT’S AN .64% WHICH IS THERE IS NOT ENOUGH STAFF AT THE WHEN THERE IS A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS THERE IS NOT ENOUGH EMPLOYEES IN THE HOME. THEY HAVE TO RELY ON OUTDOOR THERE IS NOT AS MANY QUALITIED INDIVIDUALS TO TAKE CARE OF THE THE CARE HAS DECENN — BROKEN DOWN. ALSO THE INCREAS HARRASS TURNOVER DUE TO LACK OF PAY FOR INDIVIDUALS. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT BEING COMFORTABLE CAN YOU IMAGE HAVING TO BE DRESSED; HELPING WITH SHOWERING; DAILY ACTIVITIES; AND GETTING COMFORTABLE WITH NEW STAFF EVERY FEW MONTHS. I CAN’T IMAGE. WE HAVE PARENTS BEGGING AND PLEADING FOR AN INCREASE SO THEIR CHILDREN CAN HAVE ASSEMBLANCE OF A NORMAL LIFE. A QUALITY LIF A LIFE THAT’S STABLE. HOMES CLOSING DOWN. THERE WAS A HOME THAT WAS CLOSED IN ALEXANDRA HER DAUGHTER SAID SHE’S HOME MORE OFTEN WITH ME AND THIS HAS TO DO WITH THAT SHE LEFT HER DOG AND SHE CAN’T HANDLE THE LONG HOURS ANYMORE. WE NEED TO MAKE THESE INDIVIDUALS A PRIORITY THIS THANK YOU. >> THANK YOU. ONE MORE THAN WE’LL MOVE TO THE TESTIF >> THE PEOPLE WHO DO THIS WORK IS A LIFESAV THEY DO THAT IN THE SENSE SOME OF VENTILATOR DEPENDENT. THEY MAKE SURE THEY GET THE MEDICATION ON TIME AND NOTICE THE CHANGES IN THEIR COM MORE IMPORTANTLY THEY SAVE THE MOST IMPORTANT WORKS OF LIFE. THIS IS SOMEONE YOU RECOG AND KNOW. WHEN YOU GET HOME THROUGH A DAY PROGRAM OR A DAY AT WORK THIS IS SOMEONE WHO RECOGNIZE AND KNOWS YO HE KNOWS HOW TO MAKE YOUR AND LAUGH. HE KNOWS HOW YOU LIKE TO BE BATHE BATHED. >> THIS IT’S WOMEN’S WORK. WORKS OF MINORITIES AND IT HAS BEEN HISTORICALLY UNDERPAID. WE WILL HAVE TO MAKE SOME BIG WE AS A COMMITTEE. WE HAVE BEEN HERING THIS IS A CRISIS THERE A LONG TIME. WE HAVE BEEN HEARING ABOUT THIS FOR YEA NOW WE HAVE PROOF THAT THE SYSTEM IS CRACKING APART. OUR HEALTH DEPART — DEPARTMEN IS ABLE TO INVESTIGATE 10% OF COMPLAINTS OF ABUSE AND NEGLECT. THEY LOOK ATOM 1% OF THE PR THEY DIDN’T KNOW WHAT THEY WERE DOING. THIS IS NOT JUST COMMUNITY BASED WE ARE IN A CRISIS. THREE TIMES A WEEK AND THREE DAYS A WEEK THIS CAN BE LIFE WE NEED TO TREAT THIS. IT’S A SERIOUS CRISIS. WE ARE UNDER COURT ORDER. THAT MEANS WE’LL NEED MORE PEOPLE STEPPING UP TO DO THIS IMPORTANT WORK. THIS IS TO THE HIGHEST LEVEL. TO THE PRESS AND PUBLIC WE NEED TO REALIZE THIS WILL DESTROY THE COMMUNITY BASE SERVICE SYSTEM THAT MINNESOTA HAD FOR YEARS TAKEN PRIDE IN. NOW TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE GIVING UP. THEY ARE JUST WARN OUT FROM JUGGLING THE SHIFTS AND PUTTI PEOPLE INTO HIGHER NEED SITUATIONS JUST BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO BE ABLE TO MANAGE AND KNOW IT SAFETY WILL BE THERE. I DID SIGN-ON TO THE BIL BECAUSE I FEEL IT’S TOO LITTLE AND WE NEED TO STEP-UP AND RAISE THIS TO THE LEVEL OF CRISIS AWEARNESS — AWARENESS. A APPRECIATE EVERYONE THAT’S HUNG IN THEIR. >> THANK YOU. WOULD ANY ONE FROM THE AUDIENCE LIKE TO TESTIFY ON BEHALF THIS BILL. >> LET’S GET A CHAIR TO THE TESTIFIER PLEASE. >> WELCOME TO THE COMMITTEE. INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND SUCCEED. >> I TEND TO CRY A LOT. I USUALLY GET THROUGH IT. >> ALL RIGHT; WELCOME TO THE SAY WHO YOU ARE AND GIVE US YOUR TESTIMONY BRIEFLY. >> MY NAME IS JERRY AND I’M FROM STILLWATER; MINNESOTA I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH WIFE WITH THREE DISABILITIES. WILLIAMS SYNDROME. I’M AN RETIRED ACCOUNTING TEACHER AND THIS IS REALLY TO BECAUSE WE RECEIVED SERVICES FROM THE STATE LUKE HAS AGREED TO TAKE CARE OF THEM. BUT WE DEPEND ON TWO THEY ARE BOTH MOMS. THEY ARE GREAT. WHEN THEY GO ON VACATION OR THEIR SONS OR DAUGHTER GETS SICK OR THEY GET SICK OR WHAT EVER. LIKE IN FEBRUARY I DIDN’T HAVE SERVICES AT ALL. I TOOK CARE OF MY SON AND I USED TO PLAY FOOTBALL AND I HAVE A LOT OF FOOTBALL INJURIES AND IT’S HARDER AND HARDER FOR ME TO GET HIM OUT OF THE TUB. I’M 71 YEARS OLD AND HE’S 29. BECAUSE I’M AN ACCOUNTING INSTRUCTOR AS I UNDERSTAND THIS BILL WILL COST. >> OKAY; I’LL MAKE IT REALLY AS I UNDERSTAND THOSE ARE THE POPULATION OF MINNESOTA 5;019;095 2. I GOT $18.11 PER PERSON. THAT’S AN $1.645 BILLION SURPLUS AND I DIVIDED THAT BY THE NUMBER OF HOUSEHOLDS WHICH ARE $2 I GOT $776;000.56 $776;000.56. THIS BILL COULD EASILY BE PAID FOR IN THAT WAY THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >> THANK YOU FOR YOUR WE APPRECIATE IT. >> JUST CHECK IN SO WE CAN GET YOUR NAME FOR THE MINUTE ANYONE ELSE? WELCOME TO THE COMMITTEE. INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND PROCEED WITH YOUR TESTIMONY. >> I’M STAR. I WORKED IN THIS INDUSTRY FOR SEVERAL YEARS? I HEAR EVERYBODIES COME PASSION BUT NOBODY IS GIVING A NO ONE IS TELLING US. I STILL WORK IN THE INDUSTRY. IF SHE HAD A VOICE SHE WOULD TELL YOU MAYBE SHE WOULD LIKE TO GO TO THE PARK. MAYBE SHE WOULD LIKE TO GO SOMEWHERE. SHE CAN’T DO IT BECAUSE THERE IS NOT ENOUGH THERETHE REASON THERE ISN’T ENOUGH STAFF IS BECAUSE THERE ISN’T ENOUGH PAY. IT’S A TURNOVER. THEY KEEP GOING. WHAT WE WANT TO HEAR IS WHEN. IT’S CUT; CUT; CUT. NOW YOUTHERE IS NO REASON NOT TO GIVE HER WHAT SHE WOULD LIKE. IN MY HOUSE; RIGHT NOW I HAVE CLIENTS THAT WOULD LIKE TO SOME THING. PLEASE ENOUGH TALKING. ENOUGH TALKING. THE GENTLEMAN OVER THERE WAS TALKING ABOUT TAX CUTS. YOU CAN CUT THE TAXES YOU WANT TO IT WON’T GIVE SARAH THE LIFE S WOULD LIKE. PLEASE GIVE SARAH THE LIFE SHE DESERVES. 25 YEARS; IF IT WASN’T FOR HER PARENTS SHOULD WOULDN’T GO MY HOUSE IS THE SAME THING. I HAD A CLIENT THAT WENT TO THE HOSPITAL TWO WEEKS AGO. WHERE SHE WENT FOR CRITICAL CARE THE HOURLY PAY OVER THERE IS $18 AN HOUR AND ABOVE. WHEN SHE LEFT SHE WAS T CARETHE WORKER THAT TAKES HAIR OF HER EVERY DAY IS $11. SOME THING IS WRONG. >> ALL RIGHT; MY NAME IS LIZ. THIS IS MY NINTH ARM DAY. WHEN I MY CLIENTS IS SITTING IN THE WHEELCHAIR. THE TURNOVER RATE IS GRE THAN EVERY SEVEN THREE MONTHS IT’S LIKE EVERY THREE WEEKS. I LOVE THE IDEAS BUT WE NEEDS THING KNOW. MAYBE IF YOU WORK IT OUT IF YOU GET A HEARING ON YOUR BILL IT WILL TAKE-OVER FOR THIS BILL. WE NEED SOME THING NOW. MY SISTER WOULD LOVE TO GO TO CHURCH. ONCE A MONTH. THAT’S NOT HAPPENING. ONCE A MONTH. YOU HAVE HEARD IT ALL EVERYONE ELSE. PLEASE GET THIS MOVING TOD ONCE THOSE PEOPLE MAKE THAT EXTRA 44 CENTS AN HOUR THEY WILL PAY MORE TAX THERE IS THE THERE ARE 80;000 — [ APPL >> THERE ARE 80;000 PEOPLE EMPLOYED IN THE HCBS SER IS THAT’S MORE THAN ALL OF THE MALE CLINIC EMPLOYEES COMBINED. WE HAVE 8700 POSITIONS UNFILLED AND THE SUPER SUPERVISORS ARE WORKING HARDER. IN IS NOT JUST THE WORKERS BUT THE SUPERVISORS AND MANAGERS AS WE WITH THE MEDICATE CUTTES CUTS COMING DOWN. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU WANT TO SECOND IT BACK TO CAMBRID WHERE THEY SPENT 31 YEARS BEFORE THEY GOT INTO PHOENIX. I LOVE PHOENIX AND I LET THEM ALL TAKE CARE OF MY SISTE THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >> THANK YOU FOR YOUR TESTIMON >> REPRESENTATIVE HAMILTON FINAL THOUGHTS. >> I THANK EVERYONE FOR THE THOUGHTFUL DISCUSSION AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. >> 873 IS LAID OVER FOR POSSIBLE INCL NEXT UP WE HAVE HOUSE FAIL 1176. >> IS THAT ME AGAIN POLICEPLEASE KEEP YOUR VOICES DOWN IF YOU ARE LEAVING WE NEED TO CONTINUE THE WE HAVE A LOT TO DO. REPRESENTATIVE HAMILTON TO YOUR BILL. >> I’LL TURN IT OVER TO TESTIFIERS AT THIS TIME. >> DO YOU HAVE AN AMENDMENT REPRESENTATIVE HAMILTON. >> THE A THREE AMENDMENT. NO; I GUESS WE DON’T. >> THANK YOU MEMBERS. I USED TO WORK HERE. I THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE OPPORTUNITY FOR HOUSE FILE 1156. THIS IS REIMBURSEMENT FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES TO PROVI MEDICAL CARE TO THOSE. I WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO THE PART OF THE BILL THAT PROPOSES TO EQUALALIZE REIMBURSEME TO DOCTORS. AFTER APPROXIMATING DIAGNOSED WITH DIABETES AS A CHILD I KNEW I WOULD LIKE HAVE A CAREER THOSE WORKING WITH PEOPLE WITH MENTAL DISABILITIES. I RECEIVED A MASTERS AND BEGAN TO WORK IN A MENTAL HEALTH AFTER COMPLETING THE 700 HOURS OF MASTERS LEVEL TRAINING I REALIZED HOW MUCH I HAD LEARNED ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH AND THE WORLD OF PSYCHOLOGY AND DECIDED TO RECEIVE MY TRAINING IN THE DOCK DOCTOR PROGRAM. AFTER MY FULL-TIME WORK AS A SENIOR PSYCHOLOGIST I HAVE THE IN ADDITION TO THE 2000 HOURS OF TRAINING THIS IS DEVELOPED BY THE THE EXTRA THREE OR FOUR YEARS OF COURSE WORK. THAT’S $1;200 BEYOND THE 7 HOURS THAT MASTERS LEVEL SURVIVORS SHOULD HAVE. THIS IS IMPORTANT THAT THE REIMBURSEMENT CORRELATES. SOMEWHERE WAS THE DIFFE AND R.N. DOCTOR LEVEL PSYCHOLOGIST HAVE A SPECIAL LEVEL OF CARE AND SHOULD BE REEMBIRSED. THEY WILL RAISE IT 30% FOR MASTERS PROGRAMS. 10% FOR DOCTORAL PSYCHOLOGIS WITH THE BILL AS IT IS. THE TRAINING MAY DIMINISH. IN ORDER TO PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH AN INCENTIVE TO PURSUE EDUCATION AND SPECIFIC EXPECT THEY WILL PROVIDE MINNESOTANS AN OPTION TO RECEIVE SPECIALIZED CARE. I THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND BE HAPPY TO ASK YOU ANY QUESTIONS. >> THANK YOU FOR YOUR TESTIMONY. REPRESENTATIVE. >> I WOULD LIKE TO MOVE THE TWO AMENDMENT. THE TECHNICAL AMENDMENT FROM THE >> THANK YOU; REPRESENTATIVE HAMILTON. SEEING NOW DISCUSSION ALL IN FAVOR OF THE A TWO AMENDMENT SAY AYE. >> AYE. >> OPPOSED; NO. >> I’LL STAND FOR QUESTIONS. >> ALL RIGHT. QUESTIONS? SEEING NONE DOES ANYONE FROM THE AUDIENCE WANT TO TESTIFY ON THIS ALL RIGHT; SEEING NONE. I’M SORRY. >> THANK YOU MR. CHA I WANTED TO — I KNOW WE HEARD THIS IN THE POLICY COMMITTEE. I REMEMBER THE YOUNG LADY’S TESTIMONY. >> MY NAME IS ELIZABETH. KRISTINE JOHNSON WAS AT THAT COMMITTEE. >> BECAUSE THE BILL AS UNDERSTAND IT ERASES THE DIFFEREN SHE’S SAYING DON’T ERASE THE REPRESENTATIVE HAMILTON WILL RESPOND TO THAT BECAUSE I KNOW HERE HE’S DISTRACTED. >> ANYWAY; I JUST WANTED TO HEAR WHAT THE RESPONSE IS TO THAT. IT’S CONCERNING AND I KNOW THEY TAKE AN EFFORT TO COME HERE AND EXPLAIN TO US. I CERTAINLY HAVE A LOOT E LOT OF RESPECT FROM THE EXPERTS INVOLVED IN THE I KNOW THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE PAYING A LOT OF THAT. I’M CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT WE NIGHT BE DOING HERE. >> THANK YOU MR. CHAIR. I’M THE DIRECTOR OF INSPIRE MI THIS BILL WAS DEVELOPED IN COLLABORATION WITH ALL KINDS OF GROUPS OF PROVIDERS AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES. IT’S ENDORSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE I DON’T WANT TO PENALIZE THOSE WITH AN Ph.D. MOST OF THE SERVICES ARE IN A ME THATTAL HEALTH SERVICE. THE LICENSE PROFESSIONALS ARE MASTERS LEVELS. ONLY THE PSYCHOLOGY BOARD THAT REQUIRES THEM TO GO ON AND BE Ph THEY HAVE TO GET MORE TRAINING AND PAY MORE MONEY FOR MORE THEY ARE ABLE TO DO SOME THI I HAVE AN 20% TAX CUT. THAT’S WHAT THIS SECTION OF BILL IS. >> MR. CHAIR; YOU CALL IT A CUTBACK BUT IT ISN’T A CUTBACK. IT’S PAID LESS MONEY MAYBE I APPLE MISSING SOME THING HERE. I’M WITH HER IT DOESN’T SEEM TO MAKE A LOT OF SENSE. I GUESS THE RATES MIGHT BE TOO LOW ACROSS THE BOARD THAT’S A DIFFERENT ISS IT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE TO RAISE THE DIFFERENTIAL. >> REPRESENTATIVE. >> THIS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED AS SON AS IT’S DONE. >> ALL RIGHT. OTHER DISCUSSION? >> MR. CHAIR; IF I COULD THE SECTION THAT’S BEEN TALKED ABOUT IS ONE SMALL SECTION OF THE DID THERE IS ANOTHER SECTION THAT WE THINK IS VERY IMPORTANT. >> THIS IS THE PUBLISHED RATE THAT DHS HAS MEDICAL THE POLICY COMMITTEE AND OTHER TESTIMONY FROM PROVIDERS WHO HAVE BEEN STRUGGLING WITH SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION FROM THE PUB PUBLISHED RATE. THE OTHER PEACE OF THE BILL WILL GIVE AN 10% INCREASE TO ALL MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND A 20% INCREASE FOR PSYCHIATRY SERV THIS IS A HUGE DEMAND FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES. THE PROBLEM THAT PROVIDERS ARE HAVING AROUND THE STATE WE ARE PROVIDING SERVICE. >> IT’S REALLY INTERESTING. YOU ARE GETTING RID OF THE DIFFERENTIAL. I’LL SUPPORT THE SECOND PART. I REALLY I WOULDN’T VOTE FOR THE BILL RIGHT NOW I’M HAPPY TO WORK ON THAT THIS YEAR OR OVER THE INTERIM. >> THANK YOU REPRESENT HAMMEL HAMILTON. >> ALL RIGHT; WITH THAT HOUSE FILE 1176 IS LAID OVER. >> REPRESENTATIVE HAMILTON CAN WE DO REPRESENTATIVE FRANSON BILL FIRST. >> HOUSE FILE 1350. >> THIS IS 134 HOUSE FILE 1350 SHOULD BE LAID WE HAVE THE BILL BEFORE US. TO YOUR BILL. >> HELLO;; MEMBE THIS IS A GREAT BIL THERE IS NOTHING NEW TO THE THE PROBLEMS ARE NOT LIMITED TO MEDICAL CARE. THESE INDIVIDUALS NEED D CARE TOO. BECAUSE OF COMPLEX BILLING CHALLENGES THEY HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF FINDING PROVIDERS. THEY SEVER THE MA PATIENT AND WAS BROUGHT TO ME BE CARING HANDS DENTAL CLINIC IN ALEXANDRA. THEY SEVER 38 COUNTIES AND THEY HELP THE PATIENTS WITH TRADITIONAL DENTAL INSURANCE TO GET THE CARE THEY NEED AND STAY OUT OF THE EMERGENCY ROO KIND OF COAT TAILING THE CYC AS WEL I HAVE ALEX HERE WITH ME TO EXPLAIN MORE. >> WELCOME TO THE COMMITTEE. PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO THE COMMITTEE AND PROCEED. >> I’M THE CEO IN A THERE IS A LARGE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA. BEING IN A FACILITY THAT SEVERED 98% MEDICAID ON OUR PATIENT BASE AND VETERANS ARE NOT INSURED VET WATCHING EVERY DOLLARS IS IMTHE THERE ARE RULES AND PROGRAMS THAT ARE CAUSING US FINANCIAL THIS IS CREATING UNINSURED ONE OF THEM IS THE SPIN DOWN BILL. THE SPIN DOWN PROGRAMS IS THE STUDENT PROVIDING DENTAL CARE. EVERY WEEK OR SO WE GET AN EXPLANATION OF BENEFITS BACK ABOUT YES WE PAID YOU OR NO WE IF THEY DIDN’T PAY WE CAN CHARGE UP TO RETAIL COLLECTING FROM THE PA MOST OF THEM DON’T PAY US. WE AN OFFER THEM AN REDUCED WE OFFER THEM A MONTHLY PAYME OF ANYTHIN I HAVE ONE GAL MAKING $5 AN A FEW YEARS. IT’S VERY SIMPLE TO FIX THE PROGRAM TO THE DHS COLLECTION ARE NOT A COLLECTOR OF FUNDS. WE DON’T HAVE THE PERSONNEL. WE ARE HOPING THEY COME AND SEE US. I CAN TAKE CARE OF THEM FOR A REASONABLE AMOUNT. THEY ELAMINATE THE EMERGENCY FEE. >> THANK YOU FOR YOUR IS THERE EVERYBODY ELSE THAT WOULD LIKE TO TESTIFY ON THE BILL. MEMBER DISCUSSION? >> I BELIEVE THE SPIN DOWN IS A PROBLEM. I BELIEVE WE SHOULD HELP THE SENIORS THAT COULD GO INTO POVERTY. I’M NOT SURE HOW WOW WOULD EVER HAVE THE DECISION MADE ABOUT WHO HAS TO ABSORB THE SPIN DOWN. IT’S REALLY DIFFICULT AS I THINK WE OUGHT TO CONTINUE T WORK TO ELIMINATE THE UNFAIR EXPECTATION THAT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND SENIORS CAN AFFORD TO LIVE ON LESS THAN POVERTY LEVEL IN ORDER TO GET THEIR BASIC MEDICAL NEEDS THROUGH MEDICAL ASSISTANCE. I’M SYMPATHETICS TO THE PR THE REAL SOLUTION IS PROBABLY THERE. I HOPE WE CAN FIND A SOLUTION. >> THANK YOU. OTHER DISCUSSION. SEEING NO OTHER DISCUSSION. FINAL THOUGHTS? >> NO; BUT THANK YOU FOR HAVING US COME DOWN. AL IS ALWAYS ADVOCATING FOR HIS PATIENTS AND MAKING SURE PEOPLE HAVE A HEALTHY THANK YOU FOR COMING DOWN >> THANK YOU. >> ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU FOR COMING DOWN AS WELL WE APPRECIATE IT. REPRESENTATIVE. ZERWAS. 1350 IS LAID OVER. REPRESENTATIVE THE BILL I BEFORE US. TO YOUR BILL. >> MR. CHAIRMAN; MEMBERS HOUSE FILE 225 IS THE SPIN DOWN BIL I KNOW MOST OF THE MEMBERS ARE FAMILIAR WITH THIS BILL EITHER FROM THE REFORM COMMITTEE OR FROM PREVIOUS SESSIONS WHERE WE HAVE WORKED ON. THE GOAL OF HOUSE FILE 225 IS THE POLICY OF PEOPLE WITH THIS RAISES THE SPIN DOWN LIMIT TO THE POVERTY LEVEL. WE HAVE 200 MORE DOLLARS OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY INCOME EVERY TWO YEARS AGO. THE SPIN DOWN GOES FROM 75% TO 80%. IT’S MOVING THE NEEDLE. I HEARING AID HOUSE RESEARCH DRAFT SEVERAL AMENDMENT OPTIONS. I’M NOT GOING TO OFFER ANY OF THOSE TODAY BUT HOPEFULLY WE CAN GET SOME MORE PINPOINT FISCAL NOTE INFORMATION OS THOSE LANG AT THE END OF THE DAY YOU CONTINUE TO MOVE THE NEEDLE. WITH THIS BILL YOU CAN HELP PEOPLE THROUGH LIFE’S CHALLENGES. I HEARD OF A SITUATION AT THE END OF THE MONTH THEY HAVE TO DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT THEY CAN PAY THEIR RENT; PAY FOR BASIC MEDICAL SERVICES. IF ANYTHING IS LEFTOVER MAYBE AFFORD SOME FOOD AND IF IT’S A GREAT MONTH MAYBE BE ABLE TO GO TO A MOVIE. THAT’S WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. A 5% INCREASE OF THE SPIN DOWN WILL EQUATE TO ROUGHLY $50 MORE OF THESE FOLKS BEING ABLE KEEP THEIR OWN SOCIAL SECURITY MONEY. IT’S AN EXPENSIVE ASK. IT’S THE RIGHT THING TO DO ON BEHALF OF I KNOW THERE ARE PEOPLE AVAILABLE FOR QUESTIONS OTHERWISE I CAN ANSWER QUEST AS WELL. >> ALL RIGHT IS THERE ANYONE FROM THE AUDIENCE THAT WOULD LIKE TO TESTIFY FOR OR AGAINST THE ALL RIGHT; SEEING NONE MEMBER QUESTIONS? >> THANK YOU MR. CHAIR NOT REALLY A QUESTION BUT WE HAVE PACKETS AND LETTERS WITH I KNOW YOU HAVE GIVENING SOME REPRESEN IN THE COMMITTEE WE TALK ABOUT POVERTY LEVEL 120%; 80%. IT’S ALL KIND OF REMOVED FROM WHAT THE REALTY IS. FOR AN EXAMPLE SHE SAID YOU KNOW; THE 2016 POVERTY LEVEL A SINGLE PERSON IS $11;880 YEAR OR $990 A MONTH. THAT 100% POVERTY LEVEL BUT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT IN THE BILL IS THE PERSON HAS AN DOLLARS MORE TH THAT THEY HAVE THE SPEND; SHE’S SAYING HERE IF A PERSON’S INCOME WAS 12;000 THEY NEED TO $208 TOWARDS MEDICAL BILLS. THAT’S FOR A PERSON LIVING ON THAT LITTLE MONEY THAT’S INTOLERABLE TO GET THE SERVICE THEY NEED FOR THEIR HEALTHCAR I KNOW WE; WE IN MINNESOTA BETTER THAN A LOT OF PLACES ON THESE KINDS OF THINGS. 100% OF THE POVERTY LEVEL IS WAY BELOW WHAT WE CONSIDER POOR. I THANK YOU FOR CHAMPIONING THIS CAUSE. I HOPE WE CAN CAN REMEMBER WHO WE ARE TALKING ABOUT WHEN WE MAKE THESE DECISION. >> MR. CHAIR. >> REPRESENTATIVE ZERWAS. >> REPRESENTATIVE LIBLING IS ACCURATE. IF YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY CHECK IS 991 OR MORE DOLLARS PER MONTH YOU NEED TO SPIN DOWN TO $792 A MONTH. AND TRY TO MAKE ENDINGS ENDS MEET ON THAT. THAT’S THE 80% LEVEL. WE WERE ABLE TO MOVE IT UP FROM 80% TO 75% TWO YEARS AGO I KNOW IT’S A BIG BILL. IT’S A HEAVY LIF THIS IS A BILL I’VE COMMITTED ON CHIPPING A WAY AT AND THE ISSUE I’VE COMMITTED TO WORK AT AS LONG AS I SEVER. THE WORK CONTINUES. >> ALL RIGHT. OTHER QUESTIONS? SEEING NON HOUSE FILE 225 IS LAID OVER FOR POSSIBLE INCLU THANK YOU REPRESE >> THANK YOU. >> NEXT UP WE HAVE HOUSE FILE 2201. REPRESENTATIVE. >> HE MOVES HOUSE FILE 2201. FOR POSSIBLE INCLUSION IN OUR I DON’T SEE ANY AMENDMENTS. REPRESENTATIVE TO HOUSE FILE >> THANK YOU MR. CHAIR AND THIS IS AAPPROPRIATION FOR WE WERE ABLE TO DO ONE TWO YEARS AGO FOR A QUARTER MILLION DOLLARS. WHAT IS THIS IS IS IT GROSS TO PEOPLE AND PHYSICIANS IN THE COMMUNITY TO PROVIDE BEST PRACTICE TOOLS SO PEOPLE CAN HAVE A CONVERSATION ABOUT THEIR END OF LIFE NEEDS. IT’S FULFILLING AND MORE SEASONABLE TO THEM. KAREN CAN TELL YOU WHAT 250;000 WENT TO AND WHY WE ARE ASKING FOR A SECOND TIME. >> PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND PROCEED. >> I’M KAREN PETERSON. AS REPRESENTATIVE INDEPENDENT THE APPROPRIATION PASSED TWO YEARS AGO OPENED AN APPLICATION DEPARTMENT WAS THE PROVIDER FOR PLANNING SERVICES THROUGHOUT THE ONCE WE RECEIVED THE AOPPONENTMENT WE CREATED A LEADING COMMITTEE FOR THE STATE COLLABORATING WITH OTHER ORGANIZES AND OTHER ENTITIES THAT ARE INVOLVED. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY DO A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT AND NOT REENVISIT THINGS. THE FIRST STEPS WE MADE WAS TO INVITE ALL COMMUNITIES IN THE STATE BY CONTACTING ALL HOSPITALS AND INVITING THEM AND LETTING THEM NO WHAT THE APPROPRIATION WILL BE USED FOR WE HAD A READINESS FORM. OUT OF THAT PROCESS WE ENDED UP WITH THE SEVEN COMMUNITIES IN THE LAST 16 MONTHS. I BELIEVE YOU HAVE A HANDOUT OF HIGHLIGHTS OF WHAT WE HAVE DONE. COMMUNITIES WE ARE WORKING WITH ARE ELI WHO ARE DOING A JOINT EFFORT. ST. LUKE’S HOSPITAL; NORTHFIELD; FAIR; AND LAVERN; MINNESOTA. SOME OF THE OUTCOMES SINCE WE STARTED OUR WORK WE HAVE STARTED TRAINING IN THOSE COMMUNITI AND OTHER COMMUNITIES WILL GET TRAINED THIS SPRING. THIS WILL PROCEED PEOPLE THE KNOWLEDGE TO TO SIT-DOWN WITH AND TALK ABOUT THE QUESTIONS THEY MIGHT NOT WANT TO ANSWER AS THEY LOOK FORWARD TO HEALTHCARE DECISIONS AS THEY APPROACH THE END OF THEIR LIVES. ONE OF OUR CORNER STONES IS THAT WE ARE NOT THE EXPERTS. WE ARE THE TECHNICAL ADVISERS. WE HELP THEM IDENTIFY WHAT STRAIGHTS AND RESOURCES AND LOOK FOR THE GAPS. WE HAVE HELD COMMUNITY LAUNCHING EVENTS IN SEVERAL OF THE COMMUNITIES WERE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE HAVE COME AND INDICATED THROUGH EVALVALUATIONS THAT THE SYSTEM AREA THAT THEY ARE VERY INTERESTED. 90% OF THOSE I TENDING SAID WHEN THEY LEFT THEY WOULD PURSUE A HEALTHCARE IF DIGEST REASON THEY HAVEN’T DONE THIS IS THEY HAVEN’T GOTTEN AROUND TO IT YET. THIS IS THE LITTLE PUSH THAT NEED TO BRING IT INTO THEIR WE ARE CURRENTLY WORKING WITH SEVERAL COMMUNITIES BECAUSE EACH COMMUNITY IS UNIQUE THEY ARE AT DIFFERENT POINTS. THISIF THIS APPROPRIATION IS PASSED WE WILL BE ABLE TO START THISNEXT YEAR. WE WORD IS SPREADING AND COMMUNITY LEADERS HAVE SPOKEN TO ONE ANOTHER AND THERE IS A WAITING LIST OF PEOPLE TO RECEIVE THESE SERVICES. >> ALL RIGHT; QUESTIONS? >> WELL; THANK YOU MR. CHA THIS IS IMPORTANT WORK. IT’S IMPORTANT THAT YOU ARE TRAINING VOLUNTEER PEOPLE APPRECIATE HAVING THESE DISCUSSIONS IN SETTINGS THAN HEALTHCARE SETTINGS. ALTHOUGH THEY ARE TRUSTED RESOURCES FOR SOME AND NOT FOR THE BILL SAID IT WOULD BE A STATEWIDE RESOURCE AND YET YOUR FIRST SEVEN NONE OF THEM ARE IN THE METRO WERE OVER HALF THE POPULATION LIVES. COULD YOU ADDRESS YOUR PLAN. IS IT MORE DIFFICULT TO FIND THAT KIND OF SUPPORT OF COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP IF YOU LOOK AT ALL OF THE CITY OF MINNEA WE WOULD BE GLAD TO STEP-UP. I SUSPECT THOSE IN THE SUBURBS WOULD BE GLADYS WELL. CAN YOU TELL US YOUR PLAN TO MAKE IT STATEWIDE. >> TO THAT; ACTUALLY WHAT WE ARE DOING WITH THIS ONE IS IT’S COMING FROM THE TWIN CITIES MEDICAL ASSOCIATION. THEY ARE DOING THE WORK THERE. THIS ALLOWS US TO EXPAND TO OTHER PAR WE ARE PICKING UP WERE YOU ALREADY ARE. >> I BELIEVE THEY NEED MORE. I HAVEN’T SEEN ANYTHING ABOUT THIS IN MY COMMUNITY. THANKS. >> OTHER QUEST >> THANK YOU; I SUPPORT THIS. DO YOU HAVE RESEARCH THAT THIS SAVES HEALTHCARE COSTS FOR OF LIFE? >> THANK YOU REPRESE THERE IS RESEARCH THE EFFORTS THAT WE ARE PUTTING INTO PLA NOW MAY NOT COME TO LIFE. THE PROJECT IS ADVANCED FOR HEALTHCARE PLANNING. YET IN COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR LONGING IN PEOPLE HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT AND SPOKE ABOUT WITH THEIR FAMILIES AND PROVIDERS. REPRESENTATIVE LIBLING. >> I THINK THIS IS A GREAT THIS IS SOME THING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT DID IN A DIFFERENT WAY AND THAT WAS THAT I BELIEVE IN I REMEMBER THIS RIGHT THEY WERE GOING TO PAY HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS THAT THEY HAD THE CONVERSATIONS WITH PEOPLE AND AT THAT TIME THE PEOPLE WHO ARE AGAINST APA CALLED IT DEATH PANELS. I KNOW IT’S NOT WHAT IT IS. >> I CERTAINLY HOPE NOT. >> I ENDORSE THE PROGRAM. LIVING WILLS AN AND OTHER PHYSICIANS CHOSE TO NOT WANT TO PUT FAMILIES THROUGH THIS. IT’S BET ARE FOR PEOPLE AND WITH THAT REPRESENTATIVE HOUSE FILE 2201 IS LAID OVER FOR POSSIBLE INCLUSION >> THANK YOU. >> NEXT UP WE HAVE HOUSE FILE 2217. REPRESENTATIVE PIERSON HOUSE FILE 2177. REPRESENTATIVE PIERSON TO YOUR BILL. MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE 2117. YOU COVERED THE ADMINISTRATION OPERATING. INSTEAD OF ME RAMBLING I’LL LET OUR TESTIFIERS GIVE A FULL EXPLANATION. >> ALL RIGHT; WELCOME TO THE COMMITTE INTRODUCE YOURSELF FOR THE RECORD AND PROCEED. >> I’M JOAN WOLF. THIS PROPOSAL AS BEEN AROUND 44 YEARS AND WE HAVE WORKED RESOURCEFULLY WITH THE AGENCIES IN THE PUB POLICY. OUR BUDGET REQUEST IS TO CONTINUE THE PROGRAMMING AND ALSO ADDRESSED ADDRESS TO CONTINUE OUR FUNDING. WHICH ARE ASKING TO REMODEL OUR OFFICE AND REPLACE OFFICE FU THE DUCK TAPE HAS TO GO. THE REST OF THE BUDGET REQUEST IS FOR STAFFING. WITHIN THE ENTIRE STATE. IT’S VITAL TO OUR AGENCIES. OUTREACH TO SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS AROUND 88 COMPLIANCE. WE HAVE PARTNERED WITH CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE AROUND THE STATE. PEOPLE CAN LIVE INTERGRADED LIVES IN COMMUNITIES THEIR CHOICE. WE ASK THAT YOU ADD THE ADA COORDINATOR TO OUR BASE AS WELL. THIS CONCLUDES MY PIECE. DR. NANCY IS ONE OF OUR COUNCILMEMBERS AND SHE WILL SPEAK A BIT TO OUR CO >> THANK YOU; WELCOME TO THE COMMITTEE. PLEASE IDENTIFY YOURSELF AND >> THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO YOU TODAY IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE FILE 2117 APPROPRIATING FUNDING FOR THE MINNESOTA STATE COUNCI I SHOULD TELL YOU I DO HAVE; DO HAVE THIS IN WRITING FOR I KNOW THERE IS A TIME PRESSING ISSUE. I WASN’T ASKED TO COME TO HERE TODAY. I HAPPENED TO BE SCROLLING THROUGH. I PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT THE COMMITTEE DOES AND I PUT MY NAME ON THE LIST AND ALERTED THAT I PUT MY NAME FORWARD. THIS WAS NOT AN ORGANIZE ASKING ME TO COME I CHOSE TO COME AND FILE ON MY OWN. I’M A PROCESS SORE AT MINNESOTA. COUNCILMEMBER REPRESENTATIVE DENIED. THE WORK WAS DONE BY THE STAFF AND MINNESOTA STATE COUNCIL NOT ONLY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES BUT WHEN I JOINED THE COUNCIL I REALIZED HOW FORTUNATE I WAS WITH A HARD-WORKING STAFF. AT QUARTERLY COUNCIL MEETING STAFF CONTINUED TO LOOK AT THE WORK THAT WE DO. IMPRESSIVE IS THE HIGH LEVEL OF COLLABORATION AND ENGAGEMENT WE HAD WITH OTHER STATE AGENCIES. ADA ASSESS ABILITY CONSULTATION IS ONE OF THE TWO MAIN THINGS. PEOPLE DON’T THINK ABOUT ACCESS UNTIL IT EFFECTS THEM. WHEN I SAW PRESIDENT H. W. BUSH BEING PUSHED ON THE FOOTB FIELD I WONDERED IF HE WOULD IMAGE IF HE WOULD BENEFIT FROM THE BILL HE SIGNED INTO LAW THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES I LEARNED THE IMPORTANCE AT THE TIME THE BILL WAS SIGNED INTO I LEARNED AS A HEALTHCARE WORKER FOR TWO FAMILIES WITH CHILDRE WITH DISABILITIES. EVERY OUTING WAS AN ADVENTURE BECAUSE WE NEVER KNEW WHAT ACCESS BARRIERS WE WOULD ENCOUNTER. I PERSONALLY LEARNED HOW CHALLENGING IT WAS MANEUVERI TWO PEOPLE WITH A WHEELCHAIR. I’LL TELL YOU THAT I TOLD BRYANNA TO HANG ON T THERE WERE TIMES WHEN I WAS AFRAID THAT ONE OR THE OTHER OF US WOULD FALL. FALLING IN A BATHROOM STALL A MOTH MORE MOTORIZED WHEELCHAIR NOTHING GOODWILL COME OF TH THEY WILL FINALLY BE HOUSED IN A SPACE THAT’S ACCEPTABLE TO IT’S OWN EMPLOYEES AND VISITORS. THE REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL STAFF WILL ENSURE THAT TECHNICAL ISSUES IN EVERY CORNER OF THE THIS IS A FACTOR LIFE. ONE IN FIVE HAVE A DISABILITY. THIS CAN BE ACQUIRED DURING ANY TIME IN TODAY’S LIFE THE POPULATION OF MINNESOTA IS AGING. THE WORK OF MISGUIDED MAY BENEFIT SOMEONE YOU LOVE AND ONE DAY BENEFIT YOU. I URGE YOU TO SUPPORT THE APPROPRIATION REQUEST. IT’S A SMALL PUBLIC ORGANIZE IN THE STATE. WORTHY OF THE INVESTMENT OF PUBLIC DOLLARS AND RECOGNITION FOR THE GREAT WORK DONE AND MORE IMPORTANT IF SHE THE WORK YET TO DO ON BEHALF OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND THEIR THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND OPPORTUNITY TO TESTIFY BE YOU TODAY. >> THANK YOU FOR YOUR WE APPRECIATE YOU BEING HERE AND TRAVELING HERE

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  1. House File 874:   "The budget should be look as a pie. The state only has so much it spend."   I agree— and would like to suggest Human Services should have a separate budget line;  Then, The Medical HC budget crisis— to better gauge Affordability of these kind of helping hand services…

  2. House File 225: spend down bracket should be raised to $19,240 (2040 hrs X MN Min. wage) or min. of $15,000.

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