In recognition of April being Autism Awareness Month, St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann wants to remind residents about its Help Me Home program in cooperation with the St Bernard Autism Awareness Krewe.

Help Me Home is a voluntary enrollment program for adults, parents and/or caregivers of individuals in St. Bernard Parish who have various mental or physical challenges including, but not limited to diagnoses such as Autism, Down Syndrome and Alzheimer’s.

Sheriff Pohlmann said the program, which began in 2022, is designed to provide first responders with critical information about the individual’s intellectual or physical condition in the event they ever need assistance and/or are unable to communicate effectively on their own.

“The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office’s mission has always been to keep St. Bernard residents and those within our parish safe,” the Sheriff said. “This program is a reflection of that commitment and our awareness of those individuals most vulnerable in our community.”

Caregivers can register their loved ones for the program by completing an online registration form at https://sbso.org/help-me-home/

During the registration process, participants can voluntarily provide pertinent information that will then be placed in the Sheriff’s Office database. When deputies are dispatched to a residence of an individual registered, deputies will receive an alert and the information provided through Help Me Home will be made accessible to deputies via laptops in their patrol vehicles.

For example, once registered, if an individual is lost and/or found alone by law enforcement and needs some form of assistance, the deputy will be able to quickly search for personal identifiers within the database to help them effectively and safely interact with the individual, render them aid and contact their caregiver in a timely manner.

For more information about the program, contact St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Detective Sgt. Jeffrey Vega, Help Me Home program administrator, at [email protected] at (504) 278-7657.

Help Me Home – St. Bernard Sheriffs Office