The Developmental Evaluation, Training and Educational Consultative Team (DETECT) of Mississippi recently announced its grand opening and the introduction of a new program designed to improve the health of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) by providing educational opportunities, hands-on training, and patient consultations to health care providers throughout Mississippi.
Located on the campus of Hudspeth Regional Center, DETECT is funded by a grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and administered by the Mississippi Division of Medicaid. The innovative DETECT program is managed under the guidance of the Mississippi Department of Mental Health.
“As Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act requires states to place qualified IDD individuals in community settings, i.e. community homes, rather than in institutions, they will depend on local community-based healthcare professionals to provide their medical care just like any other community member,” said Dr. Craig Escudé, DETECT Clinical Director.
Mississippi is taking the necessary steps to manage the orderly transition of IDD individuals to community homes as mandated by the U.S. Department of Justice.
“It is vital for Mississippi physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners and other healthcare providers to be informed and prepared as they work to meet the uniquely different needs of this special group of patients,” said Diana Mikula, Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Mental Health. “While we are moving forward with community integration with the goal of allowing people the opportunity to live and participate in the community where they are valued for their uniqueness and abilities, we also understand the importance of educating other healthcare providers.”
Many health care providers have received little training in caring for specific medical issues that this group faces. Very little support or resources exist to assist with care, especially for adults with IDD.
“Our program is easy to access. There are multiple options for tapping into specific resources,” Escudé said. “DETECT team members are also available to give presentations on specific healthcare issues for those with IDD, a choice that’s already proven to be beneficial to several professional associations.”
DETECT’s program offerings include in-office consultations or via telemedicine (supported through University of Mississippi Medical Center for Telehealth), phone support, referral services, and evaluations at the main clinic at Hudspeth Regional Center or two satellite locations, North Mississippi Regional Center and Ellisville State School. CME programs and web-based (www.detectms.com) resources and discussions are available in addition to training via in-office consultation through DETECT’s traveling consultative team or Telemedicine.
“In light of our service offerings, I want to be clear that DETECT’s role is consultative only and referrals to DETECT are made through a patient’s primary care provider or community support team,” said Escudé. “The idea is not to create a segregated clinic for those with IDD, but to grow and support the entire healthcare community to meet the medical and dental health needs of all, including those with IDD.”
Reports and recommendations are sent to the referring physician and patients are referred back to their primary provider for routine care.
“We look forward to working with Mississippi’s healthcare community as we move to increase the availability of capable, competent and compassionate community-based healthcare for IDD patients,” he concluded.
For more information visit www.detectms.com, call 601-664-2333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. DETECT is located at 100 Hudspeth Center Drive, Whitfield, MS 39193.