SB 46: "An Act establishing the month of March as Brain Injury Awareness Month."

00 SENATE BILL NO. 46 01 "An Act establishing the month of March as Brain Injury Awareness Month." 02 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 * Section 1. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section 04 to read: 05 LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS AND INTENT. (a) In establishing Brain Injury 06 Awareness Month, it is the intent of the legislature to recognize the prevalence of brain 07 injuries and help improve the quality of life for individuals who have sustained a brain injury. 08 (b) The legislature finds that 09 (1) traumatic and acquired brain injuries can happen to anyone and can bring a 10 lifetime of secondary health conditions, including persistent concussion symptoms, post- 11 traumatic stress injury, physical impairment, developmental delays, paralysis, cognitive and 12 behavioral problems, suicidal thoughts, and a greater risk for dementia and Alzheimer's 13 disease, which may present lifelong challenges for individuals and their families; 14 (2) traumatic brain injuries, which often result from motor vehicle accidents, 15 falls, assaults, domestic violence, and sports and occupational injuries, are largely

01 preventable; 02 (3) the rate of identified traumatic and acquired brain injuries in the state is 03 significantly higher than the national rate; 04 (4) between 3,200,000 and 5,300,000 Americans live with long-term 05 disabilities resulting from traumatic brain injuries; 06 (5) the Brain Injury Association of America reports that every nine seconds 07 someone in the United States sustains a brain injury; and 08 (6) approximately 137 people die every day in the United States because of 09 traumatic brain injury-related injuries. 10 * Sec. 2. AS 44.12 is amended by adding a new section to article 2 to read: 11 Sec. 44.12.185. Brain Injury Awareness Month. The month of March each 12 year is established as Brain Injury Awareness Month. Brain Injury Awareness Month 13 may be observed by schools, community groups, and other public and private agencies 14 and individuals with appropriate activities that increase the public's awareness of 15 prevention and treatment of brain injuries.