Public Safety and Security Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-337

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING THE SILVER ALERT SYSTEM.

Vote Date:

3/13/2012

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

3/6/2012

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Public Safety and Security Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

To increase the possibility of locating missing individuals in Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) facilities by allowing DMHAS to contact the State Police directly.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Patricia A. Rehmer, MSN, Commissioner, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) testified in support of this bill. She stated that the bill would give DMHAS Police officers the ability to utilize the Silver Alert System when it is determined that a missing person fits the criteria (individuals who are age 65 or older or age 18 and older if mentally impaired). Allowing this would supplement the current practice of certain individuals (relatives, conservators, nursing home administrators) contacting the State Police to file a Silver Alert.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Margarita V. Torres, Hartford, CT testified in support of this bill. She stated that her son, who walked away from Connecticut Valley Hospital in 2010, may have been found alive if a Silver Alert message had been issued for him.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None stated.

Reported by: Mike Demicco

Date: March 23, 2012