Bill creating ‘MVP’ alert for missing mentally disabled individuals progresses |

Through digital message boards and instant text alerts, word spreads quickly throughout New Jersey whenever a child or senior citizen goes missing. Now, one state lawmaker is leading an effort to make sure the same precautions laid out by the implementation of Amber and Silver notification systems are extended to some of the state’s most vulnerable residents — individuals living with mental, intellectual or development disabilities.

State Sen. Fred Madden’s (D-4 of Washington Township) bill (S2668), which was passed unanimously in the Senate on Monday, would create an “MVP,” or Missing Vulnerable Persons alert system to spread the word through digital message boards on state roadways, media reports and other outreach efforts.

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Officials in Albany work to change CPS laws involving missing children

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A bill that would make it easier for law enforcement to access CPS records when investigating missing child cases has passed the state legislature and will now go to the governor for consideration.

Senator George Amedore and Assemblymember Patricia Fahy, along with Albany Sheriff Craig Apple hosted a press conference in Albany on Monday to announce legislative passage of the bill in both the state assembly and senate. Sheriff Apple has been pushing for changes to CPS laws since the case of Kenneth White, the 5-year-old who police say was killed at the hands of his cousin.

Sheriff Apple says he had difficulties working with CPS while investigating when White’s cousin, Tiffany VanAlstyne told authorities two masked men broke into her mother’s trailer and kidnapped the child. After an Amber Alert was issued, authorities discovered that he was not missing, but actually buried under snow across the street.

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Bill would create Hiawayi Robinson missing child alert system |

Alabama would create a new alert system for missing children under a bill named in honor of an 8-year-old girl from Prichard who was found slain in September.

The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved the bill to create the system named after Hiawayi Robinson.

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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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WA may soon have Silver Alert for missing elderly

You’ve likely seen an AMBER Alert light up your phone or blast you with a warning during your favorite TV show. But what about a similar alert for elderly people who wander off without a trace?

A Silver Alert system could become reality in Washington State under a new bill introduced by Rep. Sherry Appleton (D-23rd, Poulsbo). The Silver Alert would be similar to an AMBER Alert, but designed to alert the public about a person with Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease who is nowhere to be found.

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