Trustees approve operating and capital budgets in two-year cycles, with annual recommendations to the governor and Legislature. While Trustees are authorized to spend Trust income without Legislative appropriation, they are required by statute to recommend to the governor and Legislature operating and capital budgets for state General Funds to support the Comprehensive Integrated Mental Health Program. The governor must then propose and the Legislature must pass a separate bill, known as the Mental Health Budget Bill, that includes budgets for Trust funds and state General Funds and is limited to appropriations for the Comprehensive Integrated Mental Health Program.
The separate appropriations bill for the Copmrehensive Integrated Mental Health Program includes the following components:
|| Budget Process Diagram
Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority Budget Process - 04/01/09
|| Trust Legislative Orientation - Mental Health Budget Bill - Jan 2013
History and overview of the Mental Health Budget Bill process for members of the Legislature and staff.