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DETECT Fact Sheet

DETECT Fact Sheet


Clinical Director: Craig L. Escudé, MD,

Program Manager: Kim Hester,


DETECT’s 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

What is DETECT?

The Developmental Evaluation, Training and Educational Consultative Team (DETECT) of Mississippi is a program designed to improve the health of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Introduced in November 2014, 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.

What is an Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD)?

An intellectual disability is characterized by limitations in intellectual functioning and difficulties in a variety of everyday social and practical skills. A developmental disability is attributed to a cognitive or physical impairment that results in limitations in areas such as self-care, language and mobility. The term IDD covers a broad range of disorders and syndromes, many of which are misunderstood by the general public.


As IDD individuals are transitioned to community settings, they will depend on community-based healthcare providers just like any other person. Since little instruction is provided in medical school regarding care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, DETECT is here to provide resources and educational support that will increase the availability of capable, competent and compassionate community-based healthcare for people with IDD.

Why Community Homes and Community-based Healthcare?

As a result of the Olmstead v. L. C., 527 U.S. 581, 119 S. Ct. 2176 (1999), the United States Supreme Court upheld the “community integration mandate” of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This mandate requires states to place qualified IDD individuals in community settings, i.e., community homes, rather than in institutions. The Court held that states must provide community-based services for people with disabilities when the state’s treatment professionals reasonably determine that such placement is appropriate, the affected persons do not oppose such treatment and the placement can be reasonably accommodated, taking into account the resources available to the state and the needs of others who are receiving state-supported disability.

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.

DETECT Resources:

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.


Professionals available to provide consultation via DETECT’s satellite locations:

Ellisville State School:

Robert R. Applewhite, M.D.

Breanna Bonner, MSN, RN, NP-C

Michael Brooks, M.D.

Paul I. Hathorn, D.M.D.

Joseph Moring, M.D.

Stephanie Smith, MSN, RN, FNP-BC

Natalia Stevenson, MSN, RN, FNP-BC

North Mississippi Regional Center:

Eric Dahl, D.O.

Ty Walton, DPN, APRN, FNP-C


Only a patient’s primary medical or dental care provider or community support team member can make a referral to DETECT. Reports and recommendations are sent to the referring provider, and patients are referred back to their primary provider for routine care. DETECT’s role is strictly consultative.