Senate Bill 5264 has been a priority for Sen. Barbara Bailey who serves on the Senate Health Care Committee. The Silver Alert seeks to raise public awareness when adults go missing and are in need of assistance. Similar to the Amber Alert, this legislation aims to address increasing instances of missing, often elderly adults with mental impairments such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
“I’m glad that after years we’ve been able to pass this bill. I hope that the House realizes the difference this will make in the lives of people around our state,” Bailey said. “Alerting the public in a very clear way about a missing adult will save lives when minutes matter.”
If approved by the House and Governor, Washington will join dozens of other states and local jurisdictions that have implemented similar alert systems for missing adults.
“I know that some have had concerns about implementing another alert system, but providing visibility to the issues around aging are important. We are facing a demographic change, an age wave and this legislation is part of making sure that older adults will be helped when they need it most.”