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November 3, 2011

California Senior Legislature Endorses Silver Alert as Top Legislative Priority

by silveralertbill

 

 

The California Senior Legislature recently met for its 31st Annual Legislative Session in Sacramento.

The top legislative priority chosen by the CSL was legislation to enact a statewide Silver Alert program in California.

 

 

 

 

The Silver Alert Program (SP-10) would establish a missing persons program called Silver Alert to protect persons suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia who might roam away from home. The proposal was authored by Senior Senator Murphy of Tracy.

Ben Adler from Capital Public Radio interviewed California Senior Legislators about their proposal:

You’ve heard of the Amber Alert for kidnapped children.  But what about a Silver Alert?  Orange County Senior Senator Jim Levy says that would help track down someone with Alzheimer’s or another disease who wanders away from their home.

Levy: “This is an Amber Alert to help find a senior who has dementia who somehow left and doesn’t know how to get back and doesn’t know where he is.  The first 24 hours is very important to try to locate this person.”

The Senior Legislature is aware of the budget crisis facing the actual legislature.  Levy says adding the Silver Alert to the existing Amber Alert infrastructure can be done at relatively low cost.

 

 

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