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Orange County offers program to protect people prone to wandering

GOSHEN – Orange County has joined the Project Lifesaver program to assist in locating people with health issues who are prone to wandering off from safety.

The primary mission of the program is to provide a timely response to save lives and reduce potential injuries, said County Executive Steven Neuhaus.

“If they are ever lost or someone is looking for them, we are going to be able to track them down,” Neuhaus said. “It is a very easy to wear bracelet; it looks just like a wrist watch and it is going to be an important tool to locate them if they are ever lost or missing.”.

The device worn by the at-risk individual is a plastic bracelet with a waterproof radio transmitter enabling the Orange County Sheriff’s Office to use locator equipment.

The devices will be distributed by the county Department of Mental Health, said County Commissioner Darcie Miller. “The use of these devices and tracking equipment will improve quality of life and bring peace of mind to those who use them and their caregivers,” she said.

The cost for the initial kit is $300, but financial assistance for those in need.

 


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