SB 341

Session
Regular Session 2018
Title
Missing persons, persons with Alzheimer's or dementia eligible for Silver Alert regardless of age, law enforcement personnel required to undergo training in searching for dementia patients, Secs. 26-19A-2, 26-19A-4 am'd.
Description

Existing law provides for the issuance of a missing senior citizen alert under certain circumstances

This bill would provide for a missing senior citizen alert to be issued for persons suffering from Alzheimer's disease or dementia, regardless of age, and would provide guidelines for doing so. The bill would also require specialized training for law enforcement personnel who participate in searching for missing persons with Alzheimer's disease or dementia

Relating to missing persons; to amend Sections 26-19A-2 and 26-19A-4, Code of Alabama 1975, to provide for a missing senior citizen alert to be issued for persons suffering from Alzheimer's disease or dementia, regardless of age, and to provide guidelines for the issuance of the alert; and to require specialized training for law enforcement personnel who participate in searching for missing persons with Alzheimer's disease or dementia.

Subjects
Missing Persons
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Existing law provides for the issuance of a missing senior citizen alert under certain circumstances

This bill would provide for a missing senior citizen alert to be issued for persons suffering from Alzheimer's disease or dementia, regardless of age, and would provide guidelines for doing so. The bill would also require specialized training for law enforcement personnel who participate in searching for missing persons with Alzheimer's disease or dementia

Relating to missing persons; to amend Sections 26-19A-2 and 26-19A-4, Code of Alabama 1975, to provide for a missing senior citizen alert to be issued for persons suffering from Alzheimer's disease or dementia, regardless of age, and to provide guidelines for the issuance of the alert; and to require specialized training for law enforcement personnel who participate in searching for missing persons with Alzheimer's disease or dementia.

Section 1

Sections 26-19A-2 and 26-19A-4, Code of Alabama 1975, are amended to read as follows:

§26-19A-2. The Missing Senior Citizen Alert Act is enacted for the following purposes: (1) To provide a rapid response to missing or lost senior citizens at risk of bodily harm or death or persons suffering from Alzheimer's disease or dementia. (2) To gain the voluntary assistance of the broadcast media to help locate missing senior citizens.

§26-19A-4.

(a) A missing senior citizen alert shall be activated by the department when a senior citizen is reported missing and an investigation reveals the following:

(1) The senior citizen is at risk of bodily harm or death, or suffers from Alzheimer's disease or dementia. An alert may be issued for a person suffering from Alzheimer's disease or dementia regardless of age.

(2) There is enough descriptive information about the senior or person suffering from Alzheimer's disease or dementia to believe an immediate media alert would help investigators locate the person. For persons suffering from Alzheimer's disease or dementia, a statement from a caregiver that the missing person suffers from either disease shall be considered sufficient proof of the disease.

(b) A report of a missing senior citizen or missing person suffering from Alzheimer's disease or dementia may be made to the department as soon as a concerned party or caregiver believes the person to be missing. Upon the submission of the report, a search in the missing person's local area may begin immediately, and the department may expand the search to include areas outside of the missing person's local area if needed.

(c) The department and local law enforcement agencies shall require law enforcement officers, 911 operators, and other emergency personnel to complete training in techniques for searching for a missing person with Alzheimer's disease or dementia. If a missing person report is made for a person suffering from Alzheimer's disease or dementia, the department and local law enforcement agencies shall utilize available personnel who have participated in this training to assist in conducting the search."

Section 2

This act shall become effective on the first day of the third month following its passage and approval by the Governor, or its otherwise becoming law.

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Action Date Chamber Action
March 15, 2018HRead for the first time and referred to the House of Representatives committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security
March 15, 2018SEngrossed
March 15, 2018SMotion to Read a Third Time and Pass adopted Roll Call 864
March 15, 2018SSmitherman motion to Adopt adopted Roll Call 863
March 15, 2018SSmitherman Amendment Offered
March 15, 2018SThird Reading Passed
March 1, 2018SRead for the second time and placed on the calendar
February 22, 2018SRead for the first time and referred to the Senate committee on Health and Human Services
2018-03-15
Chamber: Senate
Result: Passed
2018-03-15
Chamber: Senate
Result: Passed