Monmouth County, New Jersey, has launched a countywide program that will provide first responders with information regarding special needs residents. While the registry will also serve as a source of information in the event of an emergency, which is commonplace throughout the U.S., there are few programs that can provide such information during any contact with first responders.
The intent of the program is to better equip first responders to handle any potential issues with such residents (e.g. those with physical handicaps, autism, PTSD, etc.) and increase the likelihood of positive outcomes.
Residents can voluntarily join the program free of charge. Costing only around $7,000, the program is being funded using a forfeiture fund comprised of seized criminal activity assets.