Dakota County has partnered with Vitals Aware Services, which operates an app that helps law enforcement interact with vulnerable residents in Dakota County and other communities.
The app lets first responders know if the person they encounter has a condition that could make communicating or understanding more difficult. Conditions could include mental illness, autism or dementia, among other health challenges.
There is no cost for residents to enroll in the base-level Vitals service, which includes one beacon and one replacement of that beacon per year. There is a cost for the premium service that includes three beacons and free replacement. Some residents may qualify for help funding the premium service if they are eligible for county assistance.
Go to the Vitals Aware Services website to learn more.