Saturday, December 3, 2016
By Paul Martin

by Allison Hillman
Dec 2, 2016

A parent or older relative has developed Alzheimer’s and is prone to wander off. You want to do everything possible to protect them and take measures to prevent them from getting lost. Would one of those measures allow the federal government to install tracking devices so they can keep dibs on your loved one?

It is not science fiction and it may not be a decision you are even given a say in. The government is quietly and quickly moving towards that exact action.

H.R. 4919 is a recent bill arriving at the House of Representatives. It proposes to reauthorize and expand an expired federal program, the Missing Alzheimer’s Disease Patient Alert Program. On the surface, the bill looks helpful and promising to those afflicted with this disease.

The bill would create a $2 million grant program, administered by the Department of Justice, for the purpose of doling out federal funds to “health care agencies, state and local law enforcement agencies, or public safety agencies and nonprofit organizations to assist such entities in planning, designing, establishing, or operating locally based, proactive programs to prevent wandering and locate missing individuals” who suffer from various forms of mental impairment.

Funds would also be available to “provide education and training” to “school personnel, clinicians, and the public” for the purpose of improving safety and “reducing the incidence of wandering,” as well as to provide “prevention and response training and emergency protocols” for “school administrators, staff, and families.”

The issue is that the bill does not end there. The main purpose of the proposed law focuses on tracking devices, and would require the Department Of Justice (DOJ) to award grants for the purpose of “designing, establishing, and operating locative tracking technology programs” for individuals suffering from developmental disabilities.

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