NJ – Bill would aid missing who are mentally ill, disabled

A bill to establish an alert system that provides rapid dissemination of information about a missing person who has mental, intellectual or developmental disabilities was advanced by a Senate panel recently.

The measure, sponsored by Sen. James Beach, D-Camden, calls for the attorney general to establish an MVP Emergency Alert System. The bill passed the Assembly in December, under the name the Gold Alert System. The alerts would include physical descriptions and other pertinent details.

“This legislation reflects our collective duty to protect some of the most vulnerable New Jersey residents,” said Pamela Lampitt, D-Camden, an Assembly co-sponsor along with Gabriela Mosquera, D-Camden.

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