We've seen the headlines more than we would like, a child with autism or an adult with dementia wanders off and goes missing causing a potentially dangerous situation. However, a new program is working to make it easier to identify those who are in need of help after wandering off.

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Angela Waye

According to the Daily Freeman, Lt. Kyle S. Berardi of the town of Ulster Police is working with MedicAlert on a new program that will hopefully lower the number of situations where children or adults wander from their school or caregivers. Lt. Berardi, who found out about the program through the Hudson Valley Chapter of Alzhimers Association, told the freeman that the program allows residents and students from the Center of Spectrum Services to receive free medical identification tags.  The tags that are received will have personalized medical ID with the Safe Return 24/7 toll-free number, a family notification service, a personal emergency health record and advance directive storage

The identification tags will make it easier for law enforcement to identify the individual and use less resources in a crisis situation according the Justin Nolan the Vice President for Marketing at MedicAlert.

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