SENATE COMMITTEE ON RULES

 

 

July 22, 2003 Hearing Room B

1:30 p.m. Tapes  97 - 98

 

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Sen. Bev Clarno, Co-chair, Presiding

                                                Sen. Kate Brown, Co-chair

Sen. Jason Atkinson, Vice-chair

Sen. Ginny Burdick, Vice-chair

Sen. Roger Beyer

Sen. Tony Corcoran

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Jim Stembridge, Committee Administrator

Jeana Harrington, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES HEARD:                     SB 922 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 925 – Public Hearing

                                                           

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 97, A

003

Co-chair Clarno

Calls meeting to order at 1:41 PM. Announces SB 926 will not be heard today. Opens public hearing on SB 922.

SB 922 – PUBLIC HEARING

012

Judith Callens

Committee Administrator. Summarizes SB 922, which modifies procedure for dividing land in exclusive farm use zone to create two parcels for siting single-family dwellings not provided in conjunction with farm use. Informs the committee SB 922 is a reincarnation of HB 3495 (2003). Notes HB 3495 (2003) had no fiscal impact.

034

Lynn Lundquist

Oregon Business Association. Testifies in support of SB 922. Explains the history behind the concepts included in the bill. Notes 1,000 Friends of Oregon does not oppose the bill.

064

Ron Eber

Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD). Speaks on non-farm dwellings and parcels. Imparts that the language of the bill brings clarity.

089

Sen. Burdick

Commends former Rep. Lynn Lundquist on his work and states support for the bill.

099

Co-chair Clarno

Closes public hearing and opens work session on SB 922.

SB 922 – WORK SESSION

100

Sen. Brown

MOTION:  Moves SB 922 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

102

 

VOTE:  5-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Atkinson

 

Co-chair Clarno

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

CO-CHAIR CLARNO will lead discussion on the floor.

104

Co-chair Clarno

Closes work session on SB 922. Opens public hearing on SB 925.

SB 925 – PUBLIC HEARING

109

Marjorie Taylor

Committee Administrator. Summarizes SB 925, which directs Director of Human Services and local mental health authorities to develop formula for distribution of moneys to counties for purpose of providing mental health services. Informs the bill has a subsequent referral to the committee on Ways and Means. Notes the -1 amendments. (EXHIBIT A).

122

Sen. Charlie Ringo

Senate District 17. Testifies in support of SB 925. Explains the purpose of the bill regarding distribution of mental health funds. Provides fairness.

145

Co-chair Clarno

Remarks that rapid growth is affecting counties in the area of mental health funding.

148

Sen. Ringo

Concurs.

150

Sen. Beyer

Notes he agreed to sponsor the bill, but voices concern with the per capita basis for distribution.

163

Sen. Ringo

States he does not believe the “status quo” is per capita. Agrees per capita is insensible, and suggests it should be by need demonstrated by the county.

167

Sen. Burdick

Clarifies the chart used in the past is based on per capita.

170

Sen. Ringo

Disagrees the chart is based solely on per capita.

178

Sen. Burdick

Supposes the chart may not be an accurate way to display inequities.

182

Sen. Ringo

Believes the chart shows inequalities.

184

Sen. Brown

Requests Sen. Ringo’s suggestion for an adequate amount of money for mental health needs in the state.

188

Sen. Ringo

Responds it can be argued that now is the time to change how mental health operates and is funded.

192

Sen. Joan Dukes

Senate District 16. Testifies in support of SB 925. Speaks on the mental health funding needs of Columbia and Washington County. Believes the issue is one of equity and that the amendments allow for fairness.

221

Dennis Muluhill

Washington County. Testifies in support of SB 925. Provides SB 925 hand engrossed with the -1 amendments (EXHIBIT B). Explains the timeline of implementation. 

286

Sen. Brown

Voices concern for equity. Requests how he views the funding allocations.

300

Muluhill

Responds with the procedure behind the funding distribution. Provides examples.

315

Sen. Brown

Asks if the impact of the bill will bring counties to the level of Washington County or increase all.

320

Muluhill

Replies it is determined by the amount of money placed in the program and notes the bill does not determine allocation, but equity.

339

Sen. Corcoran

Voices concern there is definitional pressure of those who qualify as mental health. Thinks a majority of those in corrections could qualify as mental health.

365

Muluhill

Responds it does not matter how many individuals are determined as mental health, but on the amount of dollars available.

378

Sen. Corcoran

Voices difficulty with the treatment modalities and concern for those determined mental health.

405

Muluhill

Responds.

TAPE 98, A

005

Sen. Beyer

Requests if there is a graph of dollars spent per mental health patient.

012

Muluhill

Defers to Mr. Branyan.

021

Rod Branyan

Mental Health Director, Washington County. Testifies in support of SB 925. Responds to Sen. Brown’s question and explains the goal is to bring counties up and not down. Provides chart of general fund and block grant allocations per capita by county (EXHIBIT C). Provides history of mental health funding in Washington County. States the history has led to “gross inadequacies” in funding.

120

Gary Smith

Deschutes County Mental Health Director. Testifies in support of SB 925 (EXHIBIT D). Provides background in mental health. Speaks on the situation in Deschutes County. Responds the Sen. Corcoran’s earlier concerns about a research-based model. Addresses per capita issues. Notes he created his testimony prior to the release of the -1 amendments. Discusses the choices for formulas to determine allocation. Questions the term “base amount” in the bill.

201

Sen. Corcoran

Asks why a per-county analysis could not be completed. Requests Mr. Smith comment on the difference in treatment modalities and costs among the counties.

220

Smith

Responds that treatments modalities are similar.

234

Co-chair Clarno

Submits a letter from Gene Whisnant, Deschutes County Commission on Children & Families (EXHIBIT E).

245

Donna Tewksbury

Columbia County. Testifies in support of SB 925. Voices hope equity in funding can be achieved. Suggests amendments to the bill. Recommends a science-based formula be utilized.

315

Gina Firman

Association of Community Mental Health Programs (AOCMHP). Recommends passage of SB 925 with the -1 amendments. Assures the committee that a resolution will be reached.

370

Co-chair Clarno

Comments on resolution.

377

Firman

Offers data requested earlier is available through AOCMHP.

383

Madeline Olson

Office of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Department of Human Services (DHS). States DHS has no position on SB 925 currently.

TAPE 97, B

010

Olson

Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT F). Lists concerns with the bill.

045

Angela Kimball

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Oregon. Testifies on SB 925 (EXHIBIT G). Voices reservation with the measure.

071

Martha Schrader

Clackamas County Commissioner. Testifies in opposition to SB 925 (EXHIBIT H). Lists problems with the measure. Provides opinion on the mental health system in Clackamas County.

143

Melinda Mowery

Mental Health Director, Clackamas County. Testifies on SB 925. Notes she has not perused the -1 amendments. Voices concerns with redistribution.

172

Gina Mattioda

Multnomah County Board of Commissioners. Testifies in opposition to SB 925 (EXHIBIT I). Notes the Board also opposed a similar bill, SB 636 (2003).

220

Co-chair Clarno

Voices concern with Multnomah County’s opinions.

230

B.J. Smith

Clackamas County. Testifies in opposition to SB 925. Speaks on the revenue shortfall and mental health funding. Voices concerns for the bill. Speaks on a group convened by Rep. Jeff Kruse and the coming Governor’s Task Force in the area.

The following prepared testimony is submitted for the record without public testimony on SB 925:

 

Anthony Hyde

Columbia County Commissioner. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT J).

 

Mitch Anderson

Benton County Health Department. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT K).

293

Co-chair Clarno

Remarks on the disagreement on the measure. Closes public hearing on SB 925. Adjourns meeting at 2:59 PM.

                       

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SB 925, -1 amendments (7/21/03), Staff, 2 pp.

B – SB 925, SB 925 hand engrossed with -1 amendments, Dennis Muluhill, 2 pp.

C – SB 925, chart, Rod Branyan, 1 p

D – SB 925, written testimony, Gary Smith, 3 pp.

E – SB 925, letter, Gene Whisnant, 1 p

F – SB 925, written testimony, Madeline Olson, 2 pp.

G – SB 925, written testimony, Angela Kimball, 2 pp.

H – SB 925, written testimony, Martha Schrader, 2 pp.

I – SB 925, legislative bulletin, Gina Mattioda, 2 pp.

J – SB 925, letter, Anthony Hyde, 1 p

K – SB 925, letter, Mitch Anderson, 1 p