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Mandate police notification when resident goes missing

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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.

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