The Helping Our Missing Endangered (H.O.M.E.) Program is a free, voluntary registration program designed to assist law enforcement quickly locate missing persons that are endangered due to a diagnosed medical condition that hinders cognitive ability and/or the ability to communicate. This includes, but is not limited to, individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer's, dementia and Autism. If your family member is prone to wander or run away from parents or guardians due to their disorder, the H.O.M.E. program can be the peace of mind you need during a time of crisis.
How does it work?
Once registered, if a special needs child or adult goes missing and is reported by a parent/ guardian to the Cedar Hill Police Department, information about the person is made available to responding officers including; a detailed physical description, a recent photo, places the person may go, and de-escalation information that may help an officer calm the person once located. If the person has not yet been reported and is unable to communicate effectively with officers, a reverse search of the H.O.M.E. database can be conducted based on physical descriptors in an effort to identify the person and contact a responsible family member.
Begin the registration process. Individuals who do not suffer from a medical condition that impairs the ability to think and communicate do not qualify for this program. Please contact Officer Ann McSwain at (972) 291-5181, ext. 2511 with any questions regarding this program or its criteria for qualification.