In the national movement toward community-based healthcare for everyone, Mississippi’s innovative DETECT program is an invaluable resource for healthcare providers and patients alike — and the first of its kind in the country.
For Mississippi healthcare providers, DETECT offers educational, training and clinical support services related to caring for patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
For Mississippi patients with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD), DETECT offers help finding healthcare providers who can meet their special needs with competence and compassion.
Ultimately, community-based healthcare is about improving quality of life for people with IDD by empowering them to live as active members of their communities.
“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. 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.”
Diana Mikula Executive Director, Mississippi Department of Mental Health
“The DETECT program provides a much-needed roadmap to help Mississippi’s medical professionals care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the communities where they live. Through this innovative program, Mississippi is poised to lead the nation in the movement toward community-based healthcare for all.”
Matt Holder, MD, MBA President, American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry