Effective July 1, 2010 House Bill 664 became effective that created the Mississippi Silver Alert System. The Silver Alert System, which is similar to the Amber Alert System for children, is designed to help spread the message about a missing person, 18 years or older with dementia or other cognitive impairment, in hopes to locate the person as quickly as possible.
The system will increase public awareness on preparation, prevention and response to wandering behaviors of our state’s most vulnerable adults. After a family member or caregiver files a missing persons report with local law enforcement, information will be entered into the National Crime Information Center and the Bureau of Investigation of the Department of Public Safety.
If the person missing is believed to be in a vehicle, information and photos can be sent to statewide communication systems, news media and other public communication resources. The Silver Alert Training Initiative is collaborative effort between the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, Mississippi Department of Mental Health, Alzheimer’s Association Mississippi Chapter and Mississippi Nurses Association.
Training about prevention, preparation and response will be conducted across the state to educate the public about wandering and Silver Alert.
For more information about wandering or the Silver Alert System, contact the Alzheimer’s Association Mississippi chapter at (601) 987-0020 or the state Department of Mental Health at (601) 659-1288.