SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH POLICY

 

January 30, 2003                                                                                                     Hearing Room B

1:00 PM                                                                                                                        Tapes 10 - 11

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Bill Morrisette, Chair

Sen. Bill Fisher, Vice-Chair

Sen. John Minnis

Sen. Frank Shields

Sen. Charles Starr

Sen. Vicki Walker

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Marjorie Taylor, Administrator

Saranelle Allen, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:           SB 146            - Public Hearing         

                                                SB 191 – Public Hearing and Work Session

SB 158 – Public Hearing and Work Session

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.  Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speaker’s exact words.  For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

Tape 10, A

004

Chair Morrisette

Calls meeting to order at 1:06 pm and opens a public hearing on SB 146.

SB 146 – PUBLIC HEARING

010

Marjorie Taylor

Administrator.  Explains the bill.

022

Ann Brand

Administrator, Office of Mental Health and Addiction Services.  Submits written testimony in favor of SB 146 (EXHIBIT A).

080

Mariana Bornholdt

Member, Governor’s Commission on Senior Services.  Gives written testimony in support of SB146 (EXHIBIT B).

144

Kappy Eaton

Member, Mental Health Services Planning and Management Council.  Gives written testimony on the statute revisions of SB 146 concerning membership (EXHIBIT C).

191

Sen. Fisher

Raises question on incurring any costs.

204

Eaton

Advises there would be no cost to the state, and concludes testimony.

350

Bill Wellard

Executive Director of The Child Center.  Reads written testimony in support of SB 146 (EXHIBIT D).

380

Sen. Fisher

Asks for clarification on the duality of Boards, and several other related questions.

451

Bob Lieberman

Planning and Management Counsel.  Gives an explanation of the two boards.

Tape 11, A

090

Sen. Minnis

Raises several questions on the intent of the public law and several concerns on the content of SB 146.

 

Brand

Responds back and forth to Sen. Minnis.

 

Sen. Minnis

Would like to rework the bill to ascertain what the system is and make it more workable.  Suggests a group convening to clean up the system.

207

Lieberman

States that this idea might be possible to implement.

215

Sen. Fisher

Suggests the governor might like to be included.

250

Chair Morrisette

Wants to hold this bill over for further work with interested persons and Sen. Minnis.

 

Sen. Minnis

Would like to keep this group small.  Asks Ann Brand to contact his office for scheduling.

300

Chair Morrisette

Closes public hearing on SB 146 and opens public hearing on SB 191.

SB 191 – PUBLIC HEARING

350

Christy Brewsaugh

Testifies with written testimony on her niece’s brain tumor case (EXHIBIT E).

Tape 10, B

045

Donald Austin

Professor.  OHSU, Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine.  Gives written testimony in support of SB 191 (EXHIBIT F).

 

Chair Morrisette

Closes public hearing, and opens a work session on SB 191.

SB 191 – WORK SESSION

060

Sen. Minnis

MOTION:  Moves SB 191 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation and be placed on the CONSENT CALENDAR.

061

 

VOTE:  6-0-0

AYE:            In a roll call vote, all members present vote Aye.

 

Chair

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. MINNIS will lead discussion on the floor.

 

Chair Morrisette

Closes work session on SB 191, and opens public hearing on SB 158.

SB 158 – PUBLIC HEARING

074

Marjorie Taylor

Committee Administrator.  Explains the bill.

088

Mickey Lansing

Deputy Director, Commission on Children and Families.  Submits written testimony in favor of SB 158 (EXHIBIT G).

149

Chair Morrisette

Closes the public hearing and opens a work session on SB 158.

SB 158 – WORK SESSION

189

Sen. Walker

MOTION:  Moves SB 158 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation and be placed on the CONSENT CALENDAR.

204

Chair Morrisette

VOTE:  6-0-0

AYE:            In a roll call vote, all members present vote Aye.

 

 

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. WALKER will lead discussion on the floor.

206

Chair Morrisette

Closes work session on SB 158.

220

Chair Morrisette

Asks to hear from any constituents in the audience on any items for discussion, and states that since this was not a posted agenda item, other members do not have to stay.

 

 

 

229

Gweneth Van-Frank Carlson

Eugene, Oregon.  Gives testimony on life threatening cuts being made due to funding losses, and further impact of the outcome on Measure 28.

 

Chair Morrisette

Gives response that government is currently reviewing every area where any monies might be available, and will have to see if anything can be done.  Gives response on additional questions.

 

Sen. Minnis

Replies that Legislators are aware of problems, and most are more than willing to try and find solutions.

400

Steve Weiss

Portland, OR.  Board President of Mental Health Association.  Explains his role in advocacy work, and relates two aspects that have not been heard.  One being a loss of matching funds, and is it possible they could be restored, and two, what are the cuts going to cost the state in the long run, related specifically to the medically needy.  Explains how this will play out, and compound the additional costs. 

 

Chair Morrisette

Expresses wish that a rainy day fund had been established to help.

Tape 11, B

008

Jean Moore

Eugene, OR.  Asks question on where the money to fight law suits comes from.

 

Chair Morrisette

Responds, from the General Fund.

 

Moore

Testifies, she feels state is going to be a big wasteland and the only people who will benefit will be the lawyers.  Elaborates on the impact of Measure 28, and how it was written and misrepresented.

013

Chair Morrisette

Expresses concern about the areas of the cuts.

 

Amy Sackett

Consumer Empowerment Team/SOS Alliance.  Gives testimony on mental health cuts.

016

Ric Burger

Portland, OR.  Gives testimony on the impact of Measure 28 cuts, and personal issues he’s facing with long term disability.  Asks committee to do something.

050

Madeline Smith

Eugene, OR.  Recommends that some consumers be on the Mental Health policy board.

 

Lora Woodruff

Portland, OR.  Gives testimony on the case of an 80 year old person who is being evicted this weekend.

 

Chair Morrisette

Offers to schedule some time on his committee agendas for any further communications of this type, and closes meeting at 2:50 p.m.

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SB146, written testimony, Ann Brand, 1 p.                   

B -  SB146, written testimony, Mariana Bornholdt, 3 pp.

C – SB146, written testimony, Kappy Eaton, 1 p.

D – SB146, written testimony, Bill Wellard, 1 p.

E – SB191, written testimony, Christy Brewsaugh, 6 pp.

F – SB191, written testimony, Donald Austin, 1 p.

G – SB158, written testimony, Mickey Lansing, 2 pp.