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Deputy Sheriffs Association of San Diego County
Honorary Deputy Sheriffs Association of San Diego County

Remote Access Network (RAN) Board


What is Take Me Home, and why do we need a regional registry?

Across the San Diego region, police agencies respond to calls by caregivers of people with special needs that are missing, and to calls by concerned citizens regarding someone they have found that needs assistance but can’t identify themselves or communicate information about their needs or who provides care for them. When police respond to these incidents, information is the critical element to provide for the safety of the person involved – information that is timely, accurate, searchable, and especially that is accessible across the entire region.

No one understands this need for information better than Officer Brian Herritt of the Palomar College Police Department. Officer Herritt has responded to these incidents, and is also the father of a child with special needs and has received police assistance as the family and caregiver for his child. Officer Herritt, bringing clarity to the issues and envisioning a regional solution, brought the idea for a registry to the Sheriff’s Department.

That idea has been turned into action by adapting an existing photo-based information system, one hosted by the Sheriff’s Department and currently used by all police agencies throughout the region, to include information about people with special needs, based on a voluntary enrollment by the person’s caregiver through a supporting organization. This secure, Sheriff-hosted application became the Take Me Home registry, and is accessible by all police agencies across the San Diego region.

Expert organizations specialize in providing services and support to the various needs and challenges faced by many of our community members, their families, and those who provide caregiver services to them. These expert organizations – both government and community based – exist throughout our region, and participated in the final design of Take Me Home. The offer of collaboration by these stakeholder experts to guide and coordinate support for registering interested people for Take Me Home is the real key to success of this approach, and to sustaining this effort for the long run.

Take Me Home is intended to serve, through the expert organizations, people with developmental disabilities or medical conditions that may increase their risk of wandering or being lost, or that may be unable to identify themselves or provide accurate information about their immediate needs.

Registering for Take Me Home

Registering for the Take Me Home system requires submitting information and a photograph or picture file to the stakeholder organization that serves or aligns with the needs of the individual. If you are unsure of the appropriate organization, consult with the State Board on Developmental Disabilities or County of San Diego Aging and Independence Services for service or a referral. The current stakeholder organizations are included below.

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Take Me Home Flyer (English)
Take Me Home Flyer (Spanish)

The ARC of San Diego
(619) 685-1175
Alzheimer’s Association
San Diego/Imperial Chapter
(858) 492-4400
Autism Society
San Diego County Chapter
(858) 715-0678
Epilepsy Foundation
of San Diego County
(619) 296-0161
San Diego-Imperial Counties
Development Services, Inc.
(858) 576-2966
Office of the State Council
On Developmental Disabilities
Area Board XIII
(619) 688-3323
United Cerebral Palsy
San Diego County
(858) 571-7803 Ext. 115

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