Vitals is a new technology, a service with two apps, designed to create safer interactions between law enforcement and people with behavioral, mental health, and developmental disorders. A first of its kind, the Vitals first responder app is a non-intrusive, real-time service developed as a way to enhance policing, give families of vulnerable individuals more peace of mind, and improve the quality of life for people living with “invisible” disabilities.
The St. Paul and Roseville Police Departments are the first to partner with Vitals and is in the process of training its officers on how and when to use the app. Other metro and Greater Minnesota police departments are planning to implement Vitals in the coming weeks as usage of the new app is expected to spread quickly across the region and country over the next several months.
The Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM), a founding partner in the development of Vitals, believes Vitals will help law enforcement interact with the autistic community in a way that is safer for individuals and families.
“I applaud the leadership of the St. Paul Police department," Dawn Brasch, Senior Operations Director of AuSM said. "By taking the initiative and implementing Vitals, they see the need and potential to save lives and stand up for the mental health community.”
When St. Paul Police leadership learned about Vitals, they knew the app aligned perfectly with their vision of supporting officers’ interaction with vulnerable individuals more effectively. “We are excited about this new partnership with Vitals,” said police chief Todd Axtell. “We embrace using technology to help save lives and protect our residents and communities. The nature of our business is to make quick decisions with limited information. Vitals will provide more information to our officers about a vulnerable child, teenager or adult. We believe Vitals will help us make better informed decisions when responding to incidents.”
How does it work?
- Vitals Profile: Families or caregivers create and manage a Vitals profile that contains information about conditions, medications, triggers, de-escalation techniques, videos or images they respond to, medical information and caregiver contact information.
- Vitals Beacon: Profiles are assigned to a Vitals beacon which is carried with the vulnerable person via a Vitals card, button or phone.
- Vitals First Responder App: Authorized first responders receive an alert and access to any Vitals Profile when they are within 30 to 80 feet of a Vitals beacon.
For individuals, families and caregivers:
- Buy a Vitals beacon
- Download the app
- Create your app profile