Walton Family Care Clinic Recognized for IDD Treatment Capabilities - DETECT MS
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Walton Family Care Clinic Recognized for IDD Treatment Capabilities

Walton Family Care Clinic Recognized for IDD Treatment Capabilities

New Albany facility can provide care for patients with disabilities

NEW ALBANY, MS — Mississippi’s next step in the care of those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities occurs in New Albany with the opening of Ty Walton’s family practice.

The Walton Family Care Clinic starts accepting patients Jan. 9 at its 228 Starlyn Avenue location and will be the first private practice in the state recognized for its capabilities in treating patients with IDD.

IDD is defined as disorders usually present at birth that negatively affect the trajectory of the individual’s physical, intellectual and/or emotional development. These include Cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism and other similar conditions.

Walton, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, is a licensed nurse practitioner with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. She also is one of only a handful of Advance Practice Registered Nurses with training in both clinical and administrative skills in treating the IDD population.

For the past four years Walton has been providing primary care to IDD patients in a residential setting at the North Mississippi Regional Center in Oxford.

Her training and knowledge of IDD led to the clinic being named as a recognized provider by DETECT, which is managed under the guidance of the Mississippi Department of Mental Health. DETECT is an acronym for Developmental Evaluation, Training and Educational Consultative Team of Mississippi.

“This is an important step as we continue our mission of providing healthcare to meet the needs of IDD patients in a community setting,” said Dr. Craig Escudé, DETECT clinical director. “Many people with IDD who currently reside in residential facilities are moving into community settings, placing a greater demand on community medical providers to meet their healthcare needs.”

“Dr. Walton’s clinic will be a great asset in meeting the needs of treating individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the community, and DETECT felt that it was appropriate to recognize her for her training and commitment.”

Walton is originally from Tupelo, and now resides in Oxford. The need for a clinic that treats IDD patients led her to New Albany.

“The Lord picked this place for me,” she said. “I knew I wanted to open my own practice, and the location in New Albany became available. The more I researched the community, I realized that it is one that embraces individuals with IDD and this is a niche I wanted to focus on.

“I saw a need in the community and the region. I always tell people I am a problem solver, and one of the ways to solve the problem was to go into a community and open a clinic.”

The clinic will accept patients from the general public, as well as IDD patients, to meet their healthcare needs. But she said treating IDD patients is different from the general population.

“You don’t receive this training in school, the only way to attain the training is to work at one of the specialized facilities in the state,” she said. “The skill level is much different in treating IDD patients and other patients. Everything you are taught in school focuses on how to deal and interact with the patient, even a simple task such as gathering a patient’s history. But what happens if that patient is non-verbal and can’t talk to you? There is a whole different skill set that’s needed.

“There are also differences from a diagnosis standpoint. An IDD patient who puts their hand in their mouth usually indicates something is going on in the GI (gastro intestinal ) tract. You don’t see that in the general population.”

For more information, visit the clinic’s website at www.waltonfamilycareclinic.com or call 662-539-7383.


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) by providing educational opportunities, hands-on training and patient consultations to healthcare providers throughout Mississippi. 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.