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Middlesex County launches Special Needs Registry (SNR) to enhance emergency response

The registry is intended to help first responders better assist residents with special needs in the event of an emergency

Post Date:03/08/2024

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ – Middlesex County officially launches the Special Needs Registry (SNR) to enhance the safety of its residents with special needs. This no-cost, voluntary service led by the Office of the County Prosecutor, is open to individuals with special needs residing, working, or attending school in the County, aiming to provide crucial information to first responders in the event of an emergency.

In addition to offering valuable details about individuals with mental or physical disabilities, the SNR provides registrants with a distinctive decal for their residence's front entrance and vehicle windows. This visual aid facilitates efficient communication and response from emergency personnel. The use of the decals by registrants is strictly voluntary and is not required.

Individuals can register themselves or be registered by a family member or caretaker by visiting middlesexcounty.gov/specialneedsregistry and supplying essential personal identifiers to a secure database such as name, address, date of birth, height, weight, emergency contacts, and specific details about their special needs. The process ensures a comprehensive and accurate snapshot that aids first responders in their efforts during a crisis or an emergency.

“At the core of our priorities are the safety and well-being of both our dedicated first responders and our residents. The launch of the Special Needs Registry underscores our commitment to fostering a community where safety is paramount,” said Middlesex County Commissioner Director Ronald G. Rios. “Through this initiative, we are not just creating a safer environment, but also paving the way for a brighter future for everyone in Middlesex County.”

“We are excited to implement the Special Needs Registry, recognizing its vital role in ensuring that every resident with special needs receives the necessary help and support in times of emergency or interactions with law enforcement,” said Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone. “This initiative is a testament to our unwavering dedication to fostering an inclusive and supportive environment for all members of our community. I look forward to continuing to work with key partners to ensure this vital tool is available to everyone, no matter where an individual works or resides."

“We applaud Prosecutor Ciccone and her colleagues for their passion and commitment to vulnerable communities. Specific and timely information for first responders can make all the difference in an emergency situation,” said Autism New Jersey Executive Director Dr. Suzanne Buchanan. “Launching a special needs registry in Middlesex County is another milestone in the ongoing effort to make New Jersey safer for individuals with disabilities. Autism New Jersey is proud to be working collaboratively with the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and other state, county, and municipal leaders to promote registries and other disability-friendly practices statewide.”

The SNR is designed to assist individuals facing challenges in emergencies or police encounters. It is only intended to provide information regarding anyone who would need extra assistance in times of emergency, or who has a mental or physical condition, encompassing conditions such as autism, mobility issues, dementia or Alzheimer’s, cognitive impairments, and more. Residents and loved ones of those with special needs are strongly encouraged to register as soon as possible.

 

For more information or to register now, please visit middlesexcounty.gov/specialneedsregistry. If individuals encounter difficulty registering online, they can reach out via email at SNR@co.middlesex.nj.us or call 732-745-3300.

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