Take Me Home

2016-06-23 17:47:56

Those with cognitive disablities affecting behavior and functional ability -- for example: memory impairment or schizophrenia --  can rest easier, thanks to the San Diego Sheriff’s Departments’  “Take Me Home” program.   

Details about  the “Take Me Home” program are provided here,  courtesy of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department .



Courtesy of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department:   “The “Take Me Home” Program is a regional photo-based information system hosted by the Sheriff’s Department accessible by all Law Enforcement in San Diego. It is designed to assist Law Enforcement (Police and Sheriff) during contacts with members of the community who have disabilities such as, but not limited to Autism, Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Down syndrome, deafness or any other Developmental Disabilities.

The program promotes communication and gives Law Enforcement access to critical information about the individual enrolled. The Take Me Home Program can provide Law Enforcement with emergency contact information, detailed physical descriptions, and photograph of the individual, known routines, favorite attractions, or special needs of the individual. This information can assist Law Enforcement in communicating with, locating a residence for, or handling an emergency involving an individual with special needs. This program has photo recognition technology attached to it. If an individual is located and cannot communicate, a photograph of the individual can be taken in the field, sent electronically and checked against those in Take Me Home Program for similar or match.

The system is designed that once you register via a valid email address, you will receive annual renewal notification on the date of birth of the individual in the system. This will be a reminder to check your entry, update it with any critical information or changes that have occurred over the last year and also submit an updated photograph of the individual.


What is the Take Me Home Program?

The registry promotes communication and gives Law Enforcement quick access to critical information about a registered person with disabilities in a police emergency by capturing information such as a full description, routine/favorite attractions, communication, emergency contact information, as well as other special needs the registered person may require.

Who is eligible?

The registry has been developed with the intent to serve all members of our community who may find their communication abilities challenged or ineffective when interacting with police.

Can I submit my form & photo on-line?

Yes - When you register online you will be directed to submit a photo. There will also be directions on the type of photo to submit. Passport style photos taken from the shoulders up work best.

As soon as I send the registration, will the information be immediately available in case police response is required?

Not immediately. The registration will need to be reviewed by program staff prior to being made available to law enforcement. The delay should be minimal.

Who has access to my loved ones profile?

Only Law Enforcement employees who require this information in the performance of their duties will have access to the information. There are strict regulations with respect to accessing and disseminating information.

Can I update my profile more than every year if there are changes? How do I do that?

You may, however, only information that has a significant impact on policing response will be necessary. Some examples would include a change in address, school, or emergency contact. If you have registered online you can access your account via your username and password to make the changes and re-submit.

Will I be notified when the annual renewal is required?

If you have registered with a valid address you will be notified annually via email on the date of birth of the person entered.

After my child/dependent adult is registered, and if there is an incident, do I need to do something to notify the police?

Yes, please let the dispatcher know that the individual is registered in the TAKE ME HOME program. In doing so, the information will be immediately disseminated to Law Enforcement.

How will this registry help if my child/dependent adult goes missing?

If the individual goes missing and is reported by the parent/guardian, information about his/her physical appearance, the most likely places where he/she would go to, as well as triggers, stimulants, and de-escalation techniques will be sent to all Law Enforcement and Law Enforcement volunteers in the area to look for the missing person.

What guarantees do we have that the interaction between our child/dependent adult and the police will be positive once he/she is registered?

What the program allows is the ability for patrol deputies / officers to have necessary & additional information faster to begin searching. Also, if a deputy / officer come across a lost person who is unable to communicate, the deputy / officer, if they are able to recognize the condition, can have the database queried for persons on the registry that live in the area. If a valid photo has been provided, Deputies can also use facial recognition software to identify the individual. The deputy would take a photo in the field and submit it electronically to be checked for possible matches.

What is important to remember is that simply having a person in the registry is not necessarily going to change Law Enforcement response in every instance involving an individual with special needs. Law Enforcement will act according to policy, procedure, and best practice depending on the circumstances presented. Additionally, an individual with special needs can still be arrested, should he or she break the law. In that case, being registered will assist Law Enforcement in contacting family.”


For more information or to register a loved one, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department has provided online access to the program brochure at: 


We would like to thank the San Diego Sheriff’s Department for sharing their site content and for their creation of this brilliant, compassionate program. 

Courtesy of:  The Baker Institute for Animal Health, Cornell University

Canine Influenza

What is it?

Canine influenza is a viral disease that causes symptoms similar to those experienced by humans with flu, including cough, sneezing, lethargy, fever, and discharge from the nose and eyes.

There are two known influenza viruses that can infect dogs in the United States:  H3N8 and H3N2.

The virus known as H3N8 canine influenza has existed in North America since 2000, when a strain of influenza in horses spread to dogs. Today, the H3N8 virus is mostly found among dogs living in animal shelters but is more widespread during outbreaks.

H3N2 was found in the US in 2015. First found in Asia in 2005 or 2006, H3N2 is derived from an avian virus that gained the ability to infect dogs. H3N2 has been found in household dogs, dogs in shelters, and in breeding facilities.

Scientists at Cornell University’s Animal Health Diagnostic Center recently identified H3N2 as the cause of the canine influenza outbreak that began in the Chicago, Illinois area. This outbreak, which began in early 2015, has sickened hundreds of dogs and spread to several other states, with cases now being reported in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Alabama, California, Texas, New York, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Georgia.

Is there a vaccine for canine influenza?

There is vaccine available in the US for H3N8 influenza, but not for H3N2. Although both strains of canine influenza are H3 viruses and share some traits in common, the antigens of H3N2 are different from the H3N8 virus strain, so the H3N8 vaccine may not provide protection against the H3N2 virus.

Can canine influenza viruses infect humans?

There have been no known cases of these influenza viruses infecting humans.NEW! 

Can the H3N2 canine influenza virus spread to cats?

The subtype of H3N2 virus behind the Chicago outbreak was found to cause illness in a number of cats in South Korea in 2010. However, here in the US, no cats have yet been diagnosed with H3N2 infections.

What happens when a dog is infected with H3N2 canine influenza?

Symptoms appear 2-4 days after exposure to the virus. These symptoms begin to diminish 5 days after exposure. Dogs can transmit influenza to other dogs between 1 and 5 days after they initially become infected, so a dog may share the virus with and infect other dogs before it appears to be ill.

Symptoms Appear

Symptoms Diminish After

Exposure to the Virus

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms include coughing, sneezing, lethargy, fever, and discharge from the nose or eyes. Most dogs infected with H3N2 influenza will only experience a mild upper respiratory tract illness and recover within a few days. Dogs with more severe cases of influenza are often suffering from additional viral or bacterial infections.

What should I do?

If your dog becomes ill, please call your vet. Many different viruses and bacteria cause symptoms similar to influenza. If your dog is ill, keep it away from other dogs. Voluntary quarantine for 5-7 days will prevent transmission of most causes of canine respiratory illness, including influenza.

Your veterinarian can obtain the samples needed and submit them to a veterinary diagnostic laboratory to identify the cause of the illness.

To learn more about the emerging canine influenza situation, please visit our website:


The Baker Institute for Animal Health is dedicated to carrying out basic research in animal health.

We are a proud part of Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

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