SB 252: "An Act relating to the definition of 'child abuse and neglect' for child protection purposes; and providing for an effective date."
00 SENATE BILL NO. 252 01 "An Act relating to the definition of 'child abuse and neglect' for child protection 02 purposes; and providing for an effective date." 03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 * Section 1. AS 47.17.290(2) is amended to read: 05 (2) "child abuse or neglect" means the physical injury or neglect, 06 mental injury, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, or maltreatment of a child under the 07 age of 18 by a person under circumstances that indicate that the child's health or 08 welfare is harmed or threatened thereby; in this paragraph, 09 (A) "child" includes an infant who has been identified by a 10 health care provider involved in the delivery or care of that infant as 11 being affected by abuse of a controlled substance or from withdrawal 12 from prenatal exposure to a controlled substance; 13 (B) "controlled substance" has the meaning given in 14 AS 11.71.900, but does not include a substance lawfully taken under a
01 prescription from a health care professional; 02 (C) "mental injury" means an injury to the emotional well- 03 being, or intellectual or psychological capacity of a child, as evidenced by an 04 observable and substantial impairment in the child's ability to function; 05 * Sec. 2. This Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).