(the following is a news release from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation)
(Lakewood, CO) – Families facing issues related to 'people who wander' have access to a new website for resources and information. Legislation passed during the 2022 Colorado legislative session enhanced efforts to provide assistance to Colorado families of people who wander, along with the availability of state-sponsored grants to assist local governments with recovery programs. The information is housed under the umbrella of the CBI website. The Colorado People Who Wander website contains information about tracking technology resources, information for families, and tips for what to do when a family member goes missing. The 'Supporting Recovery Programs 'Persons Who Wander Grant Program' provides a funding opportunity for local governments.
The intent of the ‘Supporting Recovery Programs Persons Who Wander Grant Program’ is to provide grant funding to assist local governments or their designees in locating persons with medical conditions such as Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, autism, brain injury, or developmental, cognitive, neurological, or chromosomal disorders by encouraging county sheriffs' departments, municipalities, and county or municipal designees to establish recovery programs and provide tools that will increase the chances of saving the lives of lost and missing persons. Members of the CBI worked closely with stakeholders involved in the creation of the legislation during last year’s Colorado legislative session to develop the website. “We are excited to be able to provide families and others with a one-stop shop for information and resources related to 'people who wander' through a comprehensive website and launch of a grant program,” said CBI Director Chris Schaefer. “We also want to extend our deep appreciation to the stakeholders whose valuable input played a pivotal role in the development of the website.”