SOS helps another police department establish a ‘Take Me Home’ Program

by | Dec 29, 2020


Success On The Spectrum is here to serve our community and provide family support while continuing to keep our promise serving and raising Autism Awareness! It was a great pleasure to be a part of an amazing program designed to serve our community.

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office launched the “Take Me Home” program to help law enforcement officers easily find and return loved ones who are at risk of wandering. The Take Me Home program is a voluntary registry database for individuals unable to communicate or properly identify themselves, if they become disoriented or act in a manner that could be misinterpreted by first responders. This database is accessible to members of law enforcement in Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office.

In the new program, developed by the Pensacola Police Department, families can register their loved ones with cognitive disabilities such as Autism, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and down syndrome. If that family member were to ever get lost, law enforcement officials could use the information on the database to search or identify a loved one and their care needs and then return them safely.

“Once you are approved, you fill out a form and upload a photo of your loved one and that’s it,” said Sgt. Matthew Hricko. “It stays in a secured database at the fort bend county sheriff’s office and it’s only accessible by law enforcement.”

“This program is so beneficial to me and my family, because I have a 9-year-old in the Autism spectrum, non-verbal,” Caroline Boordelon (Manager of Success On The Spectrum, Richmond Location) said. “And there was an instance where he has eloped several years ago. That was scary — still scary to this day because the first thing I wake up doing as a scared parent of a child on the spectrum is checking to see if my door is locked.”