Mandate police notification when resident goes missing
  • Petitioned Joan Buchanan

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State Legislator
Joan Buchanan
Petition Author
Denise Lester
Field Representative for Assemblymember Joan Buchanan
Gayle Larson

Mandate police notification when resident goes missing

    1. Denise Lester
    2. Petition by

      Denise Lester

      Walnut Creek, CA

There is currently no regulation that requires care facilities to immediately notify law enforcement once they become aware that a client is missing. However, there are detailed regulations about what needs to be reported to regulatory state agencies after the fact. My developmentally-disabled daughter went missing from a care home this summer. She had been missing three hours when I arrived, as scheduled, to pick her up. The police had not been called, I had not been called and nobody was searching for her. She was eventually located seven-miles away and was hospitalized for three-days. Last week, a young lady with autism went missing from a care facility in Oakland. There was a significant delay in notifying authorities. She was found the next day, severely beaten, and, reportedly, sexually assaulted. Earlier this year, an 86-year-old lady with Alzheimers went missing. Neither the family nor police were notified for several hours. She was found late in the evening, within sight-distance of the care home, on the grounds of a nearby school. She had died from prolonged exposure to the sweltering heat of the summer day.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Contra Costa Times reports our Victory!

      Denise Lester
      Petition Organizer
      Brown signs bill requiring adult care facilities to notify police, families when residents go missing

      By Erin Ivie eivie@bayareanewsgroup.com Posted: 10/11/2013 02:01:01 PM PDT Updated: 10/11/2013 10:10:19 PM PDT SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a bill introduced by a Contra Costa County assemblywoman that would require certain care facilities serving elderly adults and those with disabilities to immediately notify police and family members when a person in their care goes missing.

    2. AB620 was signed into a law today!

      Denise Lester
      Petition Organizer

      My daughter and I were invited to the Governor's office to be present as he signed our bill into law today. It was a culmination of a year-long effort that resulted in not one single "NO" vote! Thank you for supporting this critical, potentially life-saving legislation that affords protection to the most vulnerable members of our society.

    3. AB620 passed UNOPPOSED in the California Senate today, September 9, 2013

      Denise Lester
      Petition Organizer

      We are eager to share this wonderful development with all of our supporters. After lengthy negotiations with various interest groups, Assemblymember Joan Buchanan and her dedicated staff crafted a bill that fulfilled our intent AND passed muster. This bill has secured unanimous "Aye" votes throughout it journey in the California legislature! There is one more procedural stop in the Assembly, then on to the Governor's Desk. Thank you to all who supported a bill that is critical to the health and safety of our vulnerable loved ones.

    4. AB620 is in the Senate; Hearing on June 19, 2013

      Denise Lester
      Petition Organizer

      The State of California Senate Committee on Health will conduct a hearing on our Bill on 6/19/2013. Both my daughter and I will go to Sacramento and I will testify in support of the Bill as I did in the Assembly. We have the endorsement of AARP. With that, other medical professionals and your support, I have every expectation that this will be on the Governor's desk for signature in record time. Our ordeal began July 17, 2012 and I am astounded and gratified that we have come so far so fast. Thank you.

    5. http://www.calchannel.com/recent-archive/

      Denise Lester
      Petition Organizer

      This is the link to the video of the first hearing held on AB620 (4/9/13). Caitlin and I went to the State Capitol and were able to testify. We won a unanimous vote (19-0)! It now goes on to the Appropriations Committee, returns for a full Assembly vote then on to the Senate. We are confident it will reach the Governor's desk for signature within the year. (To view, select Committee on Health, Video. Then select AB620 from the drop-down list of bills. This has all been possible because of your support. Thank you!

    6. Hearing on Tuesday, April 9, 2013

      Denise Lester
      Petition Organizer

      The State of California Assembly Committee on Health will conduct a hearing on our Bill on 4/9/13. I will be present to testify in support of our proposed legislation.

    7. http://www.contracostatimes.com/contra-costa-times/ci_22691161/concord-care

      Denise Lester
      Petition Organizer

      This is the second story in the past two days addressing this issue in a very powerful way. We are receiving tremendous support from the Contra Costa Times.

    8. http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml

      Denise Lester
      Petition Organizer

      WE HAVE AN ASSEMBLY BILL!! What, up to this point has been called "Caitlin's Law" is now formally referred to as AB620! It will be assigned to a committee and hearings will be held. When (not if!) it is passed, it moves to the Senate to repeat the process. Ultimate destination-the Governor's Desk. I will continue to update you as we will still need support as we move through this process. I am thrilled beyond measure! Thank you for making this possible...

    9. Response from Senator Dianne Feinstein

      Denise Lester
      Petition Organizer

      I am greatly encouraged as we continue to gather support for this legislation. I have been informed that preliminary language has been submitted in Sacramento. Today I received a response from Senator Feinstein acknowledging the critical need for such legislation. It is a slow process, but I will continue to do whatever I can to keep this issue on the "front burner".

    10. http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_22288615/oakland-body-foun

      Denise Lester
      Petition Organizer

      Yet another person has died after disappearing from a care home in Oakland. He was "last seen" on Friday night, found dead in the Oakland Marina on Saturday morning and REPORTED MISSING ON SUNDAY MORNING. On the first day of the new year, we see MANY new bills enacted that make us think "Really?!?!..." Please help support legislation that can literally SAVE LIVES. If you have not signed the petition, please do and forward to as many people as you can. We are grateful for your support.

    11. http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_22196124/woman-who-wandered-away-fr

      Denise Lester
      Petition Organizer

      An autopsy has confirmed that the lady referred to in this petition died from heat stroke. Please recirculate this petition and sign if you have not already done so. Thank you.

    12. http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/182624581.html

      Denise Lester
      Petition Organizer

      This is the link to the story broadcast on Channel 3 (NBC Bay Area) at 6pm, highlighting this issue and the purpose of the petition.

    13. http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_22124321

      Denise Lester
      Petition Organizer

      More heartbreaking details about what happened to the young girl with autism who went missing and her attacker.

    14. Reached 50 signatures
    15. http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_22115953?source=email

      Denise Lester
      Petition Organizer

      A man was arrested in connection with the severe beating and assault of a young woman with autism who went missing last week.

    16. Reached 25 signatures
    17. http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_21990586/families-want-law-require-

      Denise Lester
      Petition Organizer

      This is the link to the article about what happened to my daughter and the elderly lady who lost her life as a result of delayed notification of her going missing to the police.

    18. http://www.insidebayarea.com/news/ci_22099534/oakland-police-search-suspect

      Denise Lester
      Petition Organizer

      This is the link to the article about the young lady with autism who went missing from a care facility in Oakland this week.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Lynette Stime MODESTO, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Caregivers should act as if they were caring for THEIR children and contact the authorities immediately.

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    • Priscilla Helmes WALNUT CREEK,, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because its the right thing to do!

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      • almost 2 years ago

      These human beings need to be protected and cared for as they cannot do this for themselves and are vulnerable.

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    • Carol Skinner ANTIOCH, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      The care facility has to be accountable. I have an elderly Mom and she has fallen in the middle of the night and we are not called until hours later. Family needs to be notified immediately when there is a problem!

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    • tom freund MENDOCINO, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      these homes are terribly irresponsible and need better oversight. it should not require a law but it does.

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