Opportunity for Public Testimony,
Community Resources for those in Crisis
Opportunity to Testify on the Budget
Rep. Kawasaki speaking about the budget
My colleagues in the Senate Finance Committee will hear public testimony from across the state this week. You can testify in person at your local Legislative Information Office (LIO). If you live off the road system or there isn’t an LIO in your community, you can send written testimony to Senate.Finance.Committee@akleg.gov or call (907) 465-3753 for assistance.
Here’s the schedule:
Monday, March 7
3:45 – 5:30pm: Juneau
Tuesday, March 8
10:00 – 11:00am: Bethel, Nome, Kotzebue, Unalaska
11:15 – 12:00pm: Barrow, Tok, Delta Junction
1:00 – 2:00pm: Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg
2:15 – 3:30pm: Sitka, Cordova, Valdez
3:45 – 5:30pm: Statewide Teleconference – Off-net sites
Wednesday, March 9
9:00 – 10:45am: Anchorage
1:00 – 1:45pm: Glennallen, Seward, Homer
3:00 – 4:30pm: Fairbanks, Mat-Su
4:45 – 5:45pm: Kenai, Kodiak, Dillingham
Public Service Announcement: Springtime in Alaska also means an Increase in Suicide Rates
National research has shown suicide rates are highest in the springtime as we climb out of the darkest months of the year. If you feel overwhelmed and need help, but don’t know where to turn, here are some community resources that can help you:
Call the Careline 1-877-266-4357 for if you need to talk. It’s free and confidential. Contact them if:
· You are in crisis.
· You are a survivor (of an attempt, or if you lost someone to suicide).
· You are grieving.
· You are concerned about someone.
· You are feeling down and need someone to talk to.
To find a substance abuse treatment center call the helpline at 1-800-662-4357 or visit the online Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration treatment Center Locator.
Here is a list of support groups for anyone who needs some help with recovery:
Dial 2-1-1 or 800-478-2221 to connect with a wide variety of resources in your community, including emergency food and shelter, disability services, counseling, senior services, healthcare, child care, drug and alcohol programs, legal assistance, transportation needs, educational opportunities, and much more. Call 8:30am – 5pm, Monday through Friday, or visit www.alaska211.org anytime when you need to find help. It’s free and confidential.
Working Hard for Fairbanks Families,
Representative Scott Kawasaki
Alaska State Representative
City of Fairbanks
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