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Posts from the ‘Silver Alert Legislation’ Category

26
Jul

American Silver Alert Coalition Profiled

The American Silver Alert Coalition was the subject of a recent profile by Considerable.com regarding the growth of Silver Alerts in the United States.

The requirements for a Silver Alert vary from state to state. Wyeth Ruthven, executive director at the American Silver Alert Coalition, told Considerable, “The key differential is the qualifying criteria for an endangered senior or adult. Some states require prior medical documentation of a mental or developmental impairment. Others apply to anyone over the age of 65. Still others apply to any adult of any age.”

Read more at Considerable.com.

15
Jun

Tennessee Reviews Silver Alert System After Family Urges Improvements

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has launched a review of the Tennessee Silver Alert program, according to TBI Director David Rausch.

“The review will also include looking at best practices throughout the country on how these programs are structured and implemented, as we would want any system in Tennessee to be a model for others considering this effort,” Rausch said.

The review comes after a Hamilton County family criticized current Silver Alert protocols in Tennessee. The family of Geneva Atkins has advocated for a more robust Silver Alert system after Mrs. Atkins was found deceased after a search of several days. In the case of Mrs. Atkins, a Silver Alert was not issued until 24 hours after she had gone missing.

Campbell says if people had known to be on the lookout for her mother sooner, they wouldn’t be planning her funeral today.

“If we can put the same emphasis on the Silvers as we do the Amber Alert, then my mom could have been found within minutes,” said Campbell.

She wants to construct a data-base for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients: after a diagnosis,that information would go local law enforcement (with the patient’s permission).

8
Jun

Texas Enacts New Alert Program for Missing Adults

Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill authorizing the new alert system. “We do know that had it been in place that there was a possibility that D’Lisa Kelley would still be with us today” said Rose.

The Department of Public Safety will be in charge of issuing these alerts.

It will serve as an alert system for missing adults ages 18 – 64, whose cases meet certain criteria. Such as: them being in “imminent danger,” and likely not voluntarily missing. The alert system will only operate in Texas, but Lasondra says she plans to push the effort nationwide.

Read more at “Texas governor authorizes AMBER Alert-style system for adults” at Fox 7 Austin.