C.H.A.N.C.E Alert Card

C.H.A.N.C.E Alert Card
(Citizen Has A Noticeable Crisis Episode)

What is the C.H.A.N.C.E. Alert Card?
The C.H.A.N.C.E. Alert Card is an initiative of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. Its purpose is to provide our citizens with a card to carry on their person that can be given to law enforcement during an encounter, as well as compile and maintain a list of individuals who have “special needs” due to mental or neurological disabilities and who may reside or frequently visit Brevard County. Residents are invited to proactively provide information about a loved one with special needs of any age, who may require special assistance in an emergency or interaction with Deputies. The program is completely voluntary.

Who is eligible?
The program has been developed with the intent to serve all members (adult or juvenile) of our community or people who frequent our community who have a “special need” and want to register with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

How do I sign up?
To sign up for the C.H.A.N.C.E Alert Card, complete the C.H.A.N.C.E. Registration Form and turn it into the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. A photograph of sufficient quality may be submitted with the form. The photograph should be a single portrait shot of the person identified on the form and should not contain other people. If a photo is not available, we will take a photo at the precinct during the registration process. Parents and caregivers may enroll a person of any age with any type of medical condition or disability, including but not limited to: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Alzheimer’s or Dementia, Bipolar Disorder and Down Syndrome. Adults with special needs may also enroll themselves.

What do I need to bring?

Parents/Guardians should bring proof of guardianship (birth certificate/court documentation), proof of home address (deed
or lease, and a utility bill), and if the person is school-aged, a copy of their Individual Education Plan (IEP) that lists their
current disabilities. If you’re not bringing a picture, please make sure you bring your child/adult with you so we may take
the photograph.

As soon as I register, will the information be immediately available in case police response is required?
No. The registration form will need to be entered in order to capture all relevant information. Every effort will be made to upload this form as expediently as possible; however the process may take up to two (2) weeks to be processed. You will, however be provided a C.H.A.N.C.E. Alert Card immediately during the visit to the precinct.

What happens once the person is registered?
When a Deputy has contact with the person on this form, our 911 center can provide us with the information needed to successfully interact and communicate with your loved one, as well as provide us with your contact information.

Who has access to my child’s profile?
Brevard County Sheriff’s Office personnel who require this information in the performance of their duties will have access to the information. There are strict regulations with respect to accessing and disseminating information. The sharing of this information with other police agencies during an emergency can be helpful when a person is registered in the county area, but wanders off in another jurisdiction.

Can I update my profile if there are changes? How do I do that?
This form must be completed and submitted every two years. You may update the information between renewals; however, only information that has a significant impact on policing response will be necessary. Some examples would include a change in address, school, or emergency contact. You do not need to report a change in hair cut or color, for example, as the police are familiar with the changes that can be made and are more likely to notice height, weight and eye color. Changes can be made on a new registry form. Photographs may be updated by email or postal mail. The photograph must be accompanied with the person with special needs, name, address, person submitting photographs name and contact number.

After my child/dependent adult is registered, and if there is an incident, do I need to do something to notify the police?
It is preferable that you let the police know that the individual is already registered. In doing so, the information will be immediately disseminated to the vehicles without having to ask the parents/guardians during a high stress situation.

How will this program help if my child/dependent adult goes missing?
If the individual goes missing and is reported by the parent/guardian, information about his/her physical appearance, the most likely places where he/she would go to, as well as triggers, stimulants, and deescalation techniques will be sent to every police officer in the area to look for the missing person. If the individual has not been reported and is incapable of effectively communicating his/her name to an officer, a computer check of the neighborhood, coupled with the physical appearance, may allow us to identify the individual more quickly. This will then allow us to use the contact information to connect with the parents/ guardians.

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