Project Lifesaver

A program for people who wander

Locating Those

who Wander


A program for individuals with cognitive disabilities such as autism, dementia, Alzheimer's, or traumatic brain injury who have a history of wandering from home. The Harris County Sheriff's Office program is a collaboration with Project Lifesaver International (PLI), a non-profit that was established in 1999 that locates individuals gone wandering. PLI is widely used throughout the United States.

PLI is in a constant state of research and development to ensure the latest and most effective technologies are being utilized by the program both in the prevention of wandering and the recovery of a client in the event of elopement.

PLI has strategically designed methods and techniques for the specific use of recovering individuals with a cognitive condition. When applied by first responders these innovative strategies enable the most efficient rescue of an eloped client.

PLI provides first responders with a basic understanding of cognitive conditions, giving them the necessary tools needed to respond to an elopement and to assess and effectively manage the safe and comfortable return of an eloped client.

Recovery times for Project Lifesaver agencies average 30 minutes

enrolling in the program

After your application has been vetted, you will be contacted by the program coordinator who will explain the remainder of the process.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) program is available to residents in the unincorporated areas of Harris County patrolled by the HCSO.