Special Needs Registry

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A free & voluntary service providing special assistance during emergencies and disasters.

The Maricopa Special Needs Registry:

  • Helps police and other emergency responders in Maricopa to better assist residents with special needs in the event of an emergency.
  • This is accomplished by providing first responders with vital information regarding a participant's disability, health and medical information, emergency contacts, and other relevant information. MPD dispatchers can provide police and other emergency responders with information needed to successfully interact and engage the registry participant.
  • Is a free and voluntary service.

NOTE: Enrollment does not ensure immediate or preferential treatment in the event of an emergency. Registry participants are still responsible for having their own emergency plan in place.

How does the Special Needs Registry work?

After enrollment:

  • If needing to dispatch MPD officers to a residence, the MPD dispatcher is aware that someone at that residence is an enrolled participant.
  • Depending on the type of call, the dispatcher can better assess the type of response by officers.
  • The Dispatcher will notify officers of the special needs of the individual in order to ensure the safest and most supportive response.
  • Registry participants are responsible for ensuring that all information is current.
  • Information will be updated annually.
  • The Special Needs Registry work collaboratively with community, medical, and social service agencies for a coordinated response to meet the unique needs of residents in Maricopa.
  • All personal information collected is confidential and will only be used during an emergency by authorized personnel.