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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.
For purposes of eligibility for support and services:
A. “Developmental disability” means a severe chronic disability of a person that:
- is attributable to a mental or physical impairment, including the result from trauma to the brain, or combination of mental and physical impairments;
- is manifested before the person reaches the age of twenty-two years;
- is expected to continue indefinitely;
- results in substantial functional limitations in three or more of the following areas of major life activity:
b. receptive and expressive language;
f. capacity for independent living; and
g. economic self-sufficiency; and
- 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:
- notification to the lead station of the Brittany alert;
- notification to other public and private media sources and members of the public as necessary; and
- 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?
What are the criteria for a Brittany Alert?
When did the New Mexico Brittany Alert go into effect?
What if you believe a family member is missing and falls under a Brittany Alert?
What information will I need when reporting to law enforcement?
What happens when a Brittany Alert goes out?
What to do if one sees the Brittany Alert person?
Dial 911 immediately and notify authorities.