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Wed. 3/23: 90 Public Testifiers on Budget Bill

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Wednesday, March 23, is a major day for public testimony on the proposed state budget solutions regarding Health and Human Services. Of the long list of testifiers (90!), I have highlighted four that are closely related to Child Welfare:

Lucinda Jesson, Commissioner, Department of Human Services
Mary Regan, Executive Director, Minnesota Council of Child Caring Agencies
Eric Ratzmann, Minnesota Association of County Social Service Administrators
Alexis Oberdorfer, Director of Adoption Operations and Domestic Programs

Being good social work and policy folks, we see important connections between issue areas, so you may also be interested in the testimony of others outside of the Child Welfare field. All testifier names are listed below so that you can find testifiers by their place in the line up.

To read the HF927 Omnibus budget bill materials, stream audio or video or find records after the hearing, the committee web page is a one-stop shop.

If you want to go in person, here's the info:
The House HHS Finance committee will begin taking public testimony at 8:15 AM in Room 118 of the Capitol. The committee will recess at 12 noon. The committee will begin again at 12:30 PM in the Basement Hearing Room of the State Office Building and recess at 4:15 PM for the House Floor session. The committee will reconvene at 5:30 PM in the Basement hearing room to resume public testimony.

The list of people testifying to the HF927, March 23:

Lucinda Jesson, Commissioner, Department of Human Services
Dr. Ed Ehlinger, Commissioner, Department of Health
Jeanne Edevold Larson, Executive Director, Northern Dental Access Center
Marie Reigstad, CEO, Catholic Charites of St. Paul and Minneapolis
Brian Rusche, Affirmative Options Coalition
Dr. Lyle Swenson, President-Elect of the Minnesota Medical Association
Margaret Perryman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare Bishop Peter Rogness
Michael Scandrett, LPaC Alliance and the Minnesota Safety Net Coalition
Sue Watlov Phillips, Elim Transitional Housing, Inc.
Tim Moots
Mary Raassch
John Wayne Barker, Executive Director, Merrick Inc.
Dr. Ford C. Runge, Parent of an adult with disabilities
Sue Abderholden, MPH, Executive Director, NAMI Minnesota
Steve Larson, The ARC Minnesota
Jodi Harpstead, COO, Lutheran Social Services
Cindy Johnson, Family Member
John Tschida, VP of Public Affairs & Research, Courage Center
Anne Henry, Minnesota Disability Law Center

Mary Regan, Executive Director, Minnesota Council of Child Caring Agencies
Ron Brand, Executive Director, MN Association of Community Mental Health Programs, Inc.
Toni Carter, Ramsey County Commissioner, Association of Minnesota Counties
Randy Ehlers, Rock County Family Services, Minnesota Association of County Social Service Administrators
Jill Briggs, Chisago County Health and Human Services, Local Public Health Association

Eric Ratzmann, Minnesota Association of County Social Service Administrators
Julie Ring, Local Public Health Association
Mary Neinow, Executive Director, Child Care Works
Jessica Webster, Staff attorney, Legal Services Advocacy Project
Ralonda Mason, Legal Aid
Trisha A. Stark, Director of Professional Affairs, Minnesota Psychological Association
Greg Bloodgood, Minnesota Recovery Connection
Norm Munk, Partnership Resources, Inc, on behalf of the MN Habilitation Coalition
Idil Abdull, Parent of Autistic Child
Bruce Nelson, CEO, ARRM
Twila Brase, Citizens' Council for Health Freedom
M. Tim Burkett, CEO, People Incorporated
Ed Eide, Executive Director of the Mental Health Association of Minnesota
Steve Knutson, CEO, Neighborhood Health Source
Jeff Bartleson, Senior Manager, Children's Dental Service
Bob Melson, LADC, Public Policy Chair, MN Assoc. for Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health (MARRCH)
Mark Casagrande, Public Policy Committee member, CEO of Park Avenue Center
Joe Cuoco, Legislative Committee, Association of Supported Living Residences
Chris Groska, resident of Coon Rapids
Susan Wingert, owner, Pediatric Home Service
Al Neumann, President, MN Chapter of Midwest Assoc. for Medical Equipment Sales (MAMES)
Katie Conlin, Interim Social Concerns Director, Minnesota Catholic Conference
Troy Taubenheim - Metro Minnesota Council on Graduate Medical Education
Mike Harristhal, Vice President Public Policy and Strategy, Hennepin County Medical Center
Mary Edwards, Fairview Health Systems
Mary Krinkie, Minnesota Hospital Association
Marsha Cressy, Step Alliance of Low Wealth Minnesotans
Paula Beiswenger and Lindsay Ginter, Occupational therapists
Virginia Simson, Disabled Senior
Anni Simons, MN Consortium for Citizens with disabilities
Kurt Rutzen, Arc MN
Kathleen Picard, Chair, MN APTA State Government Affairs Committee
Brian J. Kao, Research Analyst, Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans
Dr. Brian Quinlan, Dental Director, Open Cities Health Center
Rozann Bridgemann, AARP volunteer
Toby Pearson, Vice President of Advocacy, Care Providers of Minnesota
Kari Thurlow, Vice President of Advocacy, Aging Services of Minnesota
Deborah Rose, Administrator for Sholom Community Alliance
Colleen Moriarty, Executive Director
Kathie Prieve, Co-Executive Director of Vail Place
Grace Tangjerd Schmitt, President, Guild Incorporated
Carl Ebert D.D.S., Policy Advisor, Maplewood Community Dental Care Clinic
Barbara Cox, Director of Government Relations, HealthPartners
Kathryn Kmit, Director of Policy and Government Affairs, MN Council of Health Plans
Lin Nelson, Director of Legislative Affairs, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN
David King, Executive Director, Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
Brian A. Nasi, Chief Executive Officer, South Country Health Alliance
Angel Buechner, Welfare Rights Committee
Edward Sheehy, Director of Public Affairs, UCare
Shellie Rowe, East Side Family Center
Richard A. Hooks Wayman, Executive Director, Hearth Connection
Chongchith Saengsudham, Lao Assistance Center
Ted Thompson, Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Mission Advancement National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Candy Simerson, Minnesota Medical Group Management Association
Deb Zeismer and Kaneesha Davis, YWCA
Katie Chase, Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Association
Geoff Bartsh, Vice President, Public Policy and Government Relations, Medica
Melanie Theis, MN. Assoc. of Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists (MSHA)
Gary Green, MN Assoc. of Mental Health Residential Facilities (MAMHRF)
Joan Vaughn, Professional Home Care Coalition

Alexis Oberdorfer, Director of Adoption Operations and Domestic Programs
Dr. Mike Helgeson, Apple Tree Dental
Mike Pinske, R-80 Medical Transportation Coalition
Justin Bell, Government Relations Director, American Heart Association
Pat Thibault
Mary Jo George, Minnesota Nurses Association

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