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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 94916        FILED ON: 7/21/2010

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 4916


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


By Mr. Murphy of Burlington, for the committee on Ways and Means, that the Bill to create a silver alert community response system (House, No. 4344 )  ought to pass wi th an amendment substituting a B ill to create a silver alert community response system (House, No. 4916 ). 







Charles Murphy

21st Middlesex

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand and Ten





              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:


SECTION 1. Chapter 6A of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 18K the following section:–

Section 18L.  (a) As used in this section, the following words shall, unless the context clearly requires otherwise, have the following meanings:-

“EMS first responder”, a person providing emergency medical services as defined in section 1 of chapter 111C.

“First responders”, members of police and fire departments, members of the state police participating in highway patrol and members of emergency reserve units of a volunteer fire department or fire protection district trained to administer first aid; provided, however, that first responders shall not include police officers, fire fighters and persons engaged in police and fire work whose duties are primarily clerical or administrative.

“Private safety department”, an entity, except for a municipality or a public safety department, that provides emergency police, fire, ambulance or medical serv ices. 

“Public safety department”, a functional division of a municipality or a state that provides fire fighting, law enforcement, ambulance, medical or other emergency services.

“Secretary”, the secretary of public safety and security.

(b)There is hereb y created a silver alert community response system.  The silver alert system shall be used, when appropriate, to alert public safety departments and private safety departments, when an adult with serious memory impairment such as Alzheimer’s disease or oth er dementia is reported to a police department as a missing person.  The silver alert system shall direct and focus law enforcement and other key response resources in a cost-effective way in a geographic area consistent with the missing person’s last know n location and in accordance with the best available research data related to activities of persons with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.

(c)  The executive office of public safety and security, in conjunction with the department of state police, sh all develop and implement the silver alert system. The secretary shall promulgate rules and regulations, as necessary, to ensure proper implementation of the silver alert system.

In promulgating rules and regulations, the secretary shall consult with the following: the secretary of the executive office of elder affairs, the attorney general, the executive director of the state 911 department, a representative of the state police, a representative of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, a represe ntative of the Massachusetts Sheriffs’ Association, a park ranger with the department of conservation and recreation, a representative of the Massachusetts/New Hampshire chapter of the National Alzheimer’s Association and a representative of the Alzheimer' s Services of Cape Cod and the Islands. 

(d)  All first responders, EMS first responders, 911 operators and other appropriate personnel as determined by the secretary shall be trained on the silver alert system application and protocols; provided further that re-training will be included in the annual in-service training curriculum for these personnel; and provided further that training shall include information about drivers whose memory impairments may put them at high risk for accidents or becoming lost while driving.

(e)  The secretary shall develop a plan to ensure that the silver alert system will include use of a localized reverse 911 emergency phone system.

SECTION 2.  The executive office of public safety and security shall consider coordinating the silver alert community response system established pursuant to section 18L of chapter 6A of the General Laws with the national MedicAlert +Safe Return Program.

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