Mahoning County

Special Needs Registry

The Mahoning County Special Needs Registry is a voluntary service open to all citizens with special needs who reside in Mahoning County. The registry was created to help police officers and other emergency service personnel better assist residents with special needs in the event of an emergency by providing those first responders with vital information regarding a registrant’s special needs, emergency contact information, physical description and current photography.

The goal of the Special Needs Registry is to ensure all Mahoning County residents who may be in need of special assistance are able to get help and support they need in time of emergency or during interaction with Law Enforcements, Fire or EMS personnel.

Questions can be emailed to
specialneedsregistry@mahoningcountyoh.gov

The Mahoning County Special Needs Registry is a voluntary service open to all citizens who reside, attend school or are employed in Mahoning County that are affected in some way by a disability.

More specifically, information provided to us for the Mahoning County Special Needs Registry will be uploaded in our 911 system so that this information appears on a 911 operator’s screen when an emergency call is made, so the operator can alert emergency response personnel to the needs of that person.

Information provided to the registry will only be shared with 911 Dispatchers and first responders during an emergency or for the purpose of planning an emergency response.

An emergency can best be defined as any event that may require a response, immediate or otherwise, by law enforcement or other first responders.  Examples of emergencies include but are not limited to missing persons, medical emergencies, natural disasters, fires, mandatory evacuations and crimes in progress.

The information contained in the registry can help in several different ways.  Upon being dispatched to a residence, police dispatchers will be made aware that someone at that location is on the registry.  Depending upon the type of call, the dispatcher can better assess the type of response necessary and dispatch manpower and resources accordingly.  Also, police officers and/or first responder will be notified that there may be someone at the location with special needs so that they can better gauge their respective responses.

In the event that a person with special needs is reported missing, first responders will have current photographs and other vital information at their fingertips that will aid in locating the missing person more expeditiously.  In an emergency, time is of the essence.

There are two types of information on the registry, mandatory and non-mandatory.  Mandatory information includes the registrants name, address, a personal identifier such as a social security number or driver’s license or state ID number, emergency contact information, nature of disability and a current photo.  Non-mandatory information includes prescribed medications, doctor information and blood type.  It will be up to the registrant as to how much of the non-mandatory information they wish to share.

The registry is open to any person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities due to a physical and/or intellectual disability who resides, attends school or works in Mahoning County.

A person can register themselves or they can be registered by a caretaker or loved one.

An application for the registry can be filled out and submitted online here.

A written application can be requested by contacting the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office at specialneedsregistry@mahoningcountyoh.gov; 330-740-2330 or sending a written request to Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office, Attn. Special Needs Registry, 21 W. Boardman Street, 6th Floor, Youngstown, OH 44503.  You can also print out a written application by clicking this link ____________ and mailing it to the address listed above.

No, there is no cost at all to register for Mahoning County Special Needs Registry.

You can go to our Contact Us page and send us a brief message about any problems you may encounter or you may contact us at 330-740-2330.

You can go to our Contact Us page and send us a brief message about any questions you have, or you may contact us at 330-740-2330.

If you change your email address, please go to our Contact Us page and send us a message. Be sure to provide us with your old and new email address so we can update your account and ensure that your existing registrations are connected to your new email address.

If any of your personal information changes after you register, please go to our Contact Us page and send us a message. Be sure to provide us with your old and new information so we can update your account and ensure that your existing registration is accurate.  If you do not have access to a computer or email, you can submit your changes in writing by mailing it to us at Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office, Attn. Special Needs Registry, 21 W. Boardman Street, 6th Floor, Youngstown, OH 44503.

The Mahoning County Special Needs Registry is sponsored by the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office in collaboration with the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office and the Board of Mahoning County Commissioners.

The Mahoning County Special Needs Registry is sponsored by the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office in collaboration with the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office and the Board of Mahoning County Commissioners.