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Scottsdale launches plan for residents with special needs

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Posted: Tuesday, February 14, 2006 11:03 am | Updated: 2:12 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A Scottsdale program will soon give police and firefighters extra information when they respond to the homes of families of people with special needs.

With the Smart Card program, public safety officials arriving during an emergency would see a sticker for the program on a home’s window.

Once inside, they would access more information on a card found inside an envelope on the refrigerator.

The Scottsdale Police Department will unveil its First Responder Smart Card Program on Thursday to the news media and 35 Valley organizations that support the program.

The voluntary program for Scottsdale residents is expected to help provide residents with safer and more efficient services.

Mental illness, Alzheimer’s disease and other medical conditions with behavioral implications are among the special needs or disabilities that emergency responders often unexpectedly encounter, said Natalie Summit of the police department’s crisis intervention unit.

“We truly believe there is a need for this in the community, and we’re glad to move forward with this,” said Summit, the coordinator of the Smart Card Program. “In some cases, a first responder arrives on the scene doesn’t know how to respond to a person with special needs because of how they react to certain situations.”

The card on the refrigerator will give details about the condition of the person with special needs, like what medications the person is taking, a brief medical history, precautions, family emergency numbers and actions to avoid when dealing with the person.

Smart Card

Information: For information on the Scottsdale Police Department’s First Responder Smart Card Program, call (480) 312-2273 or e-mail

Registration: Residents can begin registering for Smart Card from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Public Safety Building, 8401 E. Indian School Road.

Dates: Seven more registration dates for the program are available through March.

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