NEWS: Rep. Spohnholz Praises Approval for New Resources Essential to the Response to Alaska’s Opioid Epidemic

Rep. Ivy Spohnholz

Anchorage – Last week, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services approved certificate of need requests from both the Alaska Regional Hospital and the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center for new treatment facilities for those struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues. Representative Ivy Spohnholz (D-Anchorage), Chair of the House Health and Social Services Committee, supported both certificate of need applications as a way to address Alaska’s worsening opioid epidemic and fill a need for behavioral healthcare in both Anchorage and the Mat-Su Borough.

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Comparison of SB54 to SB91

Rep. Ivy Spohnholz

There has been so much concern about crime and SB 91 in Anchorage recently, I thought it might be helpful to put together a comparison of what SB 91 did and the changes that were adopted in SB 54.

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OPINION: Fiscal Gap Threatens Public Safety

Rep. Ivy Spohnholz

Alaskans have been hearing a great deal about crime and public safety in the news lately. Some have questioned whether these recent trends are caused by Senate Bill 91. The experts tell us that it’s simply too soon to know whether SB 91 is related to the spike in crime. It is still being phased with the first parts starting in July of last year and the last provision, which is a major pretrial monitoring program, launching in January of next year. However, the Legislature isn’t waiting to act on the provisions of SB 91 that need to be fixed.

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NEWS: House Health and Social Services Committee to Examine Omnibus Crime Bill Justice Reinvestment Provisions

Rep. Ivy Spohnholz

Juneau – The House Health and Social Services Committee will hold a hearing Thursday afternoon related to the Alaska Legislature’s ongoing efforts at criminal justice reform. Specifically, the committee will examine the implementation of provisions in last year’s omnibus crime bill to reinvest savings into resources to help those struggling with substance abuse.

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