The Senate Health Committee gave a favorable report to the Autism Committee Report today.
This legislation includes an important provision that would eliminate the age requirement to issue a Silver Alert. Currently you must be over the age of 18 and have dementia or other cognitive impairment for a Silver Alert to be issued if a person is missing.
This bill would remove that age limit.
Some children with autism and other cognitive disabilities may have a tendency to walk away from home. In our state there is no alert system that would be activated to assist in finding these children. Senate Bill 1892 would offer parents and guardians a way of alerting their communities that a child is missing.
This bill will be voted on by the full Senate later this week. The House Health committee passed a similar bill last week.