New Mexico

Department of Public Safety

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Brittany alert means a notification relating to an endangered person, who is a missing person and whom there is a clear indication that the person has a developmental disability as defined in Subsection A of Section 28-16A-6 NMSA 1978 and that the person’s health or safety is at risk.

28-16A-6. Eligibility

For purposes of eligibility for support and services:

A. “Developmental disability” means a severe chronic disability of a person that:

1. is attributable to a mental or physical impairment, including the result from trauma to the brain, or combination of mental and physical impairments;
2. is manifested before the person reaches the age of twenty-two years;
3. is expected to continue indefinitely;
4. results in substantial functional limitations in three or more of the following areas of major life activity:
a. self-care;
b. receptive and expressive language;
c. learning;
d. mobility;
e. self-direction;
f. capacity for independent living; and
g. economic self-sufficiency; and
5. reflects the person’s need for a combination and sequence of special, interdisciplinary or generic care treatment or other support and services that are of life-long or extended duration and are individually planned and coordinated;

Brittany Alert Advisory

A. The department of public safety shall issue a Brittany alert if, after review and investigation of a missing person report of a person subject to the alert, the department makes an independent determination that the missing person is a person subject to the alert.

B. The department shall develop and implement Brittany alert procedures for the purpose of disseminating, as rapidly as possible, information about a person subject to the alert. The procedures shall include:
1. notification to the lead station of the Brittany alert;
2. notification to other public and private media sources and members of the public as necessary; and
3. the provision of information about the subject of the Brittany alert, including all identifying information, to the lead station and other media sources.”

EFFECTIVE DATE: The effective date of the provisions of this act is July 1, 2016.

Brittany Alert FAQs

What is a Brittany Alert?
A Brittany Alert is a notification that gets sent out statewide similar to that of an Amber Alert, creates a notification system for law enforcement when an individual with severe physical, mental or developmental disabilities is reported missing.
What are the criteria for a Brittany Alert?
This advisory is a notification relating to an endangered person who is confirmed to be a missing person: • Whom there is clear indication that the person has a developmental disability.
When did the New Mexico Brittany Alert go into effect?
The Brittany Alert law will take effect on July 1, 2016 signed by Governor Susana Martinez.
What if you believe a family member is missing and falls under a Brittany Alert?
Contact your local law enforcement immediately. The sooner this information gets out, the better.
What information will I need when reporting to law enforcement?
The information from the Brittany Alert Report Form. This information includes basic descriptors of the missing person, info pertaining to their age and mental state, last known location, vehicle description if a vehicle is involved, and an updated photograph. *It is very important to include the most recent photograph in color.
What happens when a Brittany Alert goes out?
The Department of Public Safety sends the alert to all media outlets for broadcast. Information included are general descriptors, last seen location, photo etc. Information will go statewide, unless there is specific evidence leading one to believe the loved one is in the general area.
What to do if one sees the Brittany Alert person?
Dial 911 immediately and notify authorities.