I just wanted to share a resource that I found out about from the Orem City Police Department. They have a program for people who suffer from mental health issues, alzheimers/dementia, special needs, and other impairments. This program is designed to help people who are in a mental health crisis or have special needs have a positive experience with the police. In this program you can register your family member or someone you know that has difficulties with Orem City and they will share the information sheet with all the police departments in Utah County and the Utah County Sheriff office. This form allows parent/guardian/professional to put the person's name, picture, identifying marks, and any concerns they have with working with police or information about normal places they wander. Some examples the police officer gave is: If someone who has special needs and wanders is afraid of someone in a uniform then they can have a plain clothes policeman approach them instead of a uniformed policeman. If you know they are afraid of flashing lights and sirens then they can search or approach with these on. If someone has mental health issues and has certain behaviors when off their meds the police will know this ahead of time and adjust their responses accordingly.
If you know someone who would benefit from this service they, their guardian or parent will just need to go to this link to register the person: https://oremut.
Also, a client's father talked about an Apple AirTag at an IEP (Sorry I cannot remember which IEP). As long as an AirTag is within Bluetooth range of anybody's iPhone (or other Apple device), it can passively communicate with it and then help you locate it. For example, you can locate an AirTag that's hundreds of miles away so long as somebody with an iPhone walks near it. He got one of these for his son who wanders, they velcro it to the hat, jacket or item of clothing, and then are able to find him as long as there is an iPhone around him.
Then there is a free webinar on November 4th about Special Needs Trusts and Able Accounts if you would like to share this information with clients and their guardians.
Understanding Able Accounts and Special Needs Trusts WebinarThursday, November 4th7:00 pm Mountain TimeZoom ID: 846-9973-2593Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/
webinar/register/WN_m- cJCaKBRAufa1jOITtq0gFacebook Event: https://fb.me/e/ WRz89HlUFree and open to the public