STATEHOUSE (Feb. 1, 2018) — The House Committee on Family, Children and Human Affairs passed State Rep. Sharon Negele’s (R-Attica) bill on Tuesday that would expand Silver Alerts to include missing disabled children.
Silver Alerts are issued by law enforcement and voluntarily broadcast by TV and radio stations when an adult is believed to be in danger and wondered from their caregiver. Negele’s legislation would expand this alert to include missing children with mental or physical disabilities.
“Currently, if a child wanders from their home or care center there is no emergency alert system to make the public aware,” Negele said. “This bill would make sure an alert will go out to help recover these children more quickly.”
Indiana’s current Emergency Alert System for abducted children, also known as an Amber Alert, does not apply to children who leave their home, school or care facility at their own free will. Negele said her bill would ensure children with disabilities who do wander are included under the more appropriate Silver Alert.
According to Negele, Silver Alerts in Indiana helped locate 88 percent of those missing persons from 2013 through 2017.
Negele’s bill can now be heard by the full House. To learn more about HB 1248, visit iga.in.gov.
State Rep. Sharon Negele represent House District 13, which includes all of Benton County, and portions
of Fountain, Jasper, Montgomery, Newton, Tippecanoe, Warren and White counties.
A high-resolution photo of Negele can be found here.