Part of serving the community is being able to recognize their needs. As Madison Townships Trustee, I partnered with the Madison Township Police Department to serve those with memory issues, cognitive disorders, and mental illnesses to create a voluntary At-Risk Registry for Madison Township. This will serve as a starting point for what we intend to accomplish throughout Columbus and eventually Ohio.
The At-Risk Registry caters to those who may have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism, dissociative identity disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, or even schizophrenia. For instance, if the Madison Township Police were dispatched to the home of a resident with one of these disorders, they would be aware of the resident's special needs and can assist them based on the information within the registry.
It brings me great joy to see that those who are struggling with such disorders can have technology in place to keep them safe in the event of an emergency. Showing my community that someone other than family cares for their loved ones is what I strive to do on a daily basis. My hope is that this registry will take flight across the world so that we are meeting the immediate special needs of our community.
Any resident seeking to register themselves or those in their immediate care, may do so by visiting www.madisontownship.org/services. If you have questions, please contact the Madison Township Police Department’s Business office at (614) 836-5355.