In an effort to improve service to Dearborn residents with family members with mental health issues or intellectual or physical impairments, the Police and Fire departments have initiated a program so that these special needs can be registered in advance, in case an emergency occurs.
Called the Special Needs 911 Registry, this voluntary program allows residents or family members to alert public safety responders that individuals with special needs live in their home.
Among the conditions that may mean special care is needed from public safety responders are autism, Alzheimer’s disease, Down syndrome, and physical disabilities.
Registration forms can also be obtained and submitted at the front desk of the Police Department, 16099 Michigan Ave.
Police, fire and EMS staff can be more equipped to serve people with special needs if helpful information is known before they arrive at a scene. It also enhances the safety for all residents.