NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee State Senate “unanimously approved” legislation Monday on creating a Care Alert system for missing adults with disabilities.
The system would enable local law enforcement agencies to enter a report to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and alert media outlets to promote the safe recovery of a missing person over the age of 18 with an intellectual, developmental or physical disability.
Sponsored by Sen. Mark Green (R-Clarksville), extends the definition of a “missing citizen” from a missing person over the age of 60 with dementia or physical impairment to include those over the age of 18 with an intellectual, developmental or physical disability.
“We already have the framework through the Amber Alert Program for missing children and Silver Alert Program for senior citizens with dementia or Alzheimer’s,” said Green. “Like these programs, this legislation calls on local law enforcement agencies to work in tandem with the media and transportation officials in alerting the public when a person with intellectual or physical disabilities is missing.”