11 Apr DETECT of Mississippi and Special Olympics Mississippi Team Up for The Healthcare for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Conference Posted at 17:39h in News by Steve Temple 0 Likes Share Free conference to inform clinicians about treating people with IDD in a community setting WHITFIELD, Miss. (April 4, 2016) – Developmental Evaluation, Training and Educational Consultative Team (DETECT) of Mississippi and Special Olympics Mississippi are teaming up for the first time to host the Healthcare for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Conference (IDD). This free event will empower physicians, dentists and other healthcare professionals to be better informed and prepared to meet the specialized needs of people with IDD, and facilitate positive provider-patient relationships as people with IDD seek community-based care. The conference will be held at the Madison HealthPlex Performance Center in Madison, Miss., on Friday, April 8, 2016. “Now more than ever, people with IDD depend on community-based healthcare providers for their medical care, just like other community members do,” said Craig Escudé, M.D., founder and clinical director of the DETECT program. “Teaming up with Special Olympics Mississippi gives us an excellent opportunity to increase awareness among Mississippi clinicians regarding the educational resources that are available through DETECT and to emphasize the need for more healthcare professionals to provide community-based care for individuals with IDD.” Conference attendees will hear from colleagues with experience and insight regarding how best to treat the medical and dental issues presented by people with IDD. Presentation topics range from behavioral, hearing and dental issues to concussions in athletes to end of life issues. The conference offers free education time and lunch is included. “The partnership between Special Olympics Mississippi and DETECT has developed through a common goal of wanting to provide quality healthcare to Mississippians with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Frances Rooks Patterson, Special Olympics Mississippi, director of athlete and family initiatives. “The hope is that we can expand the number of physicians and providers across our state who are willing and able to treat persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.” For more information, visit www.DETECTms.com. DETECT is located at 100 Hudspeth Center Drive, Whitfield, MS 39193.