CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H. R. 908 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. This resolution was introduced by Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) on February 4, 2009.
H.R. 908 reauthorizes the Missing Alzheimer's Disease Patient Alert Program through Fiscal Year 2016. The bill authorizes the Attorney General, in coordination with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, to award competitive grants to organizations to assist in locating missing patients with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, and to expand the program to include locating other missing elderly individuals. When awarding grants, preference is to be given to national nonprofit organizations that have a direct link to patients with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.
H.R. 908 authorizes $5 million annually for fiscal years 2009-2016, for the purposes of carrying out the program.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, over 50,000 missing adult cases were pending as of January 2008. These adults, along with other adults whose unknown whereabouts have gone unreported, may have gone missing for reasons such as abduction, foul play, mental or physical illness, or other reasons. Adults with dementia and related illnesses are especially vulnerable to become missing, with higher incidences among the elderly.
In response to the growing number of elderly adults in the U.S., Congress passed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (P.L. 103-322), under which the establishment and funding for the Missing Alzheimer's Disease Patient Alert program was authorized, and subsequently reauthorized through Fiscal Year 2008.
On September 17, 2008, the House passed similar legislation, H.R. 6503, under suspension of the rules by a voice vote.
While no Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate is available for H.R. 908, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 6503, a similar bill from the 110th Congress, "CBO estimates that implementing the bill would cost $17 million over the 2009-2013 period."