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DETECT of Mississippi

Introduced in November 2014, the Developmental Evaluation, Training and Educational Consultative Team (DETECT) of Mississippi 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.

Founded by its Clinical Director, Craig Escude, MD, the program was established to improve the health of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) by preparing Mississippi’s healthcare professionals for the orderly transition of IDD individuals from institutions to community-based homes where they will rely on community-based healthcare for their medical and dental treatment. Since little training is provided in medical school regarding the treatment of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the DETECT program will provide resources, consultation and educational support that will increase the availability of capable, competent and compassionate community-based healthcare for people with IDD.

Mississippi received a mandate from The U.S. Department of Justice requiring people with IDD to be supported in the most community integrated setting possible. This ruling supports the United States Supreme Court’s [Olmstead v. L. C., 527 U.S. 581, 119 S. Ct. 2176 (1999)] “community integration mandate” of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

DETECT is playing a vital role in supporting the State of Mississippi and its communities, healthcare professionals, people with IDD and their caregivers as efforts focus on offering those with intellectual and developmental disabilities more opportunities to live in integrated community settings.

The program offers multiple points of contact that make its information and resources easy to access. In addition to

emailing or visiting, DETECT may be accessed via the following:

Consultations – In-office consultations at DETECT’s main clinic at Hudspeth Regional Center or at two other satellite locations, North Mississippi Regional Center and Ellisville State School; consultation is also available via telemedicine, supported through University of Mississippi Medical Center for Telehealth, and phone.

Education/Resources – CME programs and presentations, web-based ( resources and training via in-office consultation through DETECT’s traveling consultative team or Telemedicine.

Resident/Student Rotations – DETECT welcomes the opportunity to serve as a rotation site for medical residents seeking to learn more about how to treat IDD patients.

DETECT Locations:

Main Clinic

Hudspeth Developmental Center, 100 Hudspeth Center Drive, Hwy. 475 South, Whitfield, MS 39193
Phone: 601.664.2333 ▪ Fax: 601.664.6325 ▪ email:

Satellite Clinics

North Mississippi Regional Center, 967 Regional Center Drive, Oxford, MS 38655
Ellisville State School, 1101 Highway 11 South, Ellisville, MS 39437