C.A.R.E. (Children & Resident Encounter) Special Needs Questionnaire
The Children and Residents Encounter (C.A.R.E.) Special Needs Questionnaire is a voluntary form that provides law enforcement and other first responders with critical information in the event they are dispatched to a situation involving a person with special needs. Examples include individuals with autism, mental health issues, Alzheimer’s, or any other condition which affects the person’s comprehension, cognition, or response to various stimuli.
Information provided in the questionnaire aid first responders in searching for missing persons and interacting with individuals experiencing a mental health crisis.
A release waiver is included in the questionnaire which grants San Juan County Communications Center permission to release information to other first responders as appropriate. There is also the option for the release of information to media for missing persons cases.
The questionnaire is strictly voluntary and can be retracted at any time by submitting a written request. The individual, parent, or guardian completing the form, may include as much or as little information as he or she deems appropriate.