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28th Legislature(2013-2014)

Bill Text 28th Legislature


00 Enrolled SCR 14                                                                                                         
01 Relating to health and social service best practice models and identifying citizen networks to                          
02 achieve solutions to health and social problems in the state.                                                           
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04 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                             
05      WHEREAS the rate of alcohol-related death in the state is 152 percent higher than the                            
06 average rate for alcohol-related death in the United States; and                                                        
07      WHEREAS the rate of suicide in the state is 93 percent higher than the average rate                              
08 of suicide in the United States; and                                                                                    
09      WHEREAS the rate of forcible rape in the state is 260 percent higher than the average                            
10 rate of forcible rape in the United States; and                                                                         
11      WHEREAS 75 percent of Alaskans report experiencing or knowing someone who has                                    
12 experienced domestic violence or sexual assault; and                                                                    
13      WHEREAS 47.6 percent of women in the state report experiencing intimate partner                                  
14 violence; and                                                                                                           
15      WHEREAS, in the most recent study completed in 2010, an estimated 18,296 arrests                                 
16 were attributed to alcohol and drug abuse, and the economic cost attributed to crime-related                            
17 alcohol and other drug abuse in the state was nearly $217,700,000; and                                                  
01      WHEREAS, according to the McDowell Group report titled "Economic Costs of                                        
02 Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Alaska, 2012 Update," the total cost to the state's economy in                                
03 for drug and alcohol dependence was $1,200,000,000 and is growing at a rate of                                          
04 $66,000,000 a year;                                                                                                     
05      BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature encourages the identification                                   
06 and development of citizen networks involving natural helpers who are actively involved and                             
07 influential in the community in which they reside; and be it                                                            
08      FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature encourages citizen                                            
09 networks to participate in the creation of positive community and social norms related to the                           
10 prevention of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in the state; and be it                                                  
11      FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature encourages the                                                
12 development of regional best practice models that address the state's critical health and social                        
13 challenges, derived in collaboration with identified citizen networks representing                                      
14 communities across the state; and be it                                                                                 
15      FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature encourages the governor                                       
16 to support the development and use of regional best practice models in an effort to establish                           
17 more effective and cost-efficient methods of addressing the state's critical health and social                          
18 challenges.                                                                                                             
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