Silver Alert - A National Effort
"Congressman Bilirakis of Florida has introduced legislation that would establish a national grant program to help U.S. states and territories establish 'Silver Alert' notification systems to locate missing individuals suffering from Alzheimer's and other dementia-related illnesses.
UPDATE 2/11/09: The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation (H.R. 632) that includes key portions of a bill sponsored by Gus to create a federal grant program to help states establish silver alert notification systems to help find missing seniors. Read More...
Summary of The Silver Alert Grant Notification Act of 2008 (H.R. 5898)
The Silver Alert Grant Program Act of 2008 (H.R. 5898) would establish a grant program within the Department of Justice to allow states with an approved application to obtain federal funding for the establishment of Silver Alert programs or to make improvements to existing ones.
Additionally, the legislation would require the U.S. Attorney General to report to Congress on the experiences of states with existing Silver Alert systems to help guide their establishment in other states. Those states already with Silver Alert programs will also be eligible to apply for federal funds to help operate and improve their existing systems, saving the state money that can be used for other important state needs."
For information on the Silver Alert program functioning in Florida, go to silver-alert page on this website.