New ID cards can help in a crisis

Adults with physical and mental disabilities often find it difficult—or impossible—to effectively communicate with people who want to help them during times of crisis.

It may be a person with dementia who has wandered away from home, or someone with epilepsy or diabetes who is experiencing a medical emergency.

“These sorts of situations sometimes happen in the middle of the night,” said Sgt. John Franchi of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. “It’s especially hard to contact people” at that time.

Franchi said the Camarillo Police Department and the Camarillo Health Care District launched an adult at-risk information card program on Jan. 15 to offer help to adults with illnesses or conditions that threaten their safety and well-being.

The free program provides identification cards that include the at-risk adult’s name, photo, date of birth, height, weight, phone number, address, known disability or illness, communication method and two contact numbers and addresses.

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