DETECT Announces Feb. 9 George Winston Concert - DETECT MS
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DETECT Announces Feb. 9 George Winston Concert

Raising Awareness of Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Receives Top Billing

 
WHITFIELD, Miss. (January 28, 2015) – Grammy Award-winning pianist and multi-platinum selling recording artist George Winston will perform a benefit concert to raise awareness of the Developmental Evaluation, Training and Educational Consultative Team of Mississippi (DETECT) on Monday, February 9, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall. DETECT’s main office is located at Hudspeth Regional Center and proceeds from the concert will benefit the Friends of Hudspeth organization.

Tickets are $75 general admission and available at www.ardenland.net. Duling Hall is located at 622 Duling Avenue, Jackson, MS 39216.

DETECT is a new state-wide program that provides educational resources and consultation for healthcare providers and patients as Mississippi transitions to community-based healthcare for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

The benefit performance will feature Winston’s “Winter Show,” which includes melodic fall and winter type songs, some of Vince Guaraldi’s Peanuts® pieces, pieces inspired by the New Orleans piano & the stride piano traditions, and new songs from his upcoming new recording.

“We are very excited that George is willing to share the spotlight with DETECT in an effort to raise awareness,” said Craig Escude’, MD, clinical director of DETECT. “In the process of Mississippi fans making plans to attend the concert, we also hope that healthcare providers, persons with IDD and their families and caregivers will take note and discover how DETECT can help make community-based healthcare for all a reality in Mississippi.”

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. DETECT services are offered at no extra cost to clinics.

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 our main clinic at Hudspeth Regional Center or our 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.

Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act requires all states to place qualified individuals with IDD in community settings instead of institutions. Mississippi’s managing the orderly transition toward community-based healthcare as mandated by the U.S. Department of Justice. The driving force behind this change is not just the power of public opinion, but the law.

“This is a significant development in IDD patient care and the opportunities for IDD individuals to experience a greater quality of life and sense of belonging,” Escude’ said.

For more information visit www.detectms.com, call 601-664-2333 or email info@detectms.com. DETECT is located at 100 Hudspeth Center Drive, Whitfield, MS 39193.

About George Winston

Since 1972, George Winston has released thirteen solo piano albums. His most recent albums are Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions 2–A Louisiana Wetlands Benefit (2012) and Love Will Come-The Music of Vince Guaraldi Vol 2 (2010). His next solo piano album, Spring Carousel – A Cancer Research Benefit, will be released in 2015.  These solo piano melodic songs were composed in 2013 while George was recovering from his bone marrow transplant at the City of Hope Village; he is dedicating 100% of his artist royalties to benefit cancer research. A 3 song preview EP is currently available exclusively on iTunes for a limited time to benefit City of Hope.

In December of 2013, George released the digital single “Silent Night—A Benefit for Feeding America,” which is available on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.  100% of the proceeds are donated to Feeding America, the nationwide network of food banks that feeds 37 million people.

Since 1986, George has been raising money for food banks and service organizations and will continue to do so by working with a local food bank in every tour market to hold a canned food drive at the show and also by donating 100% of proceeds from the sale of his merchandise to the organization.

About Friends of Hudspeth Center

The Friends of Hudspeth Center organization promotes public interest in Hudspeth Regional Center and the understanding of IDD individuals. The Friends of Hudspeth Center encourages volunteer support of the facility through various businesses and organizations. The group also raises funds for projects at Hudspeth Regional Center that will improve the quality of life for the individuals served in 25 counties in middle Mississippi.