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Ohio's Telepsychiatry Project for Intellectual Disability

Eligibility & Expectations

The intent of the project is to reach remote areas throughout the state or those with limited access to psychiatric services. Referrals for children can come from all counties. Referrals for adults can come from all counties except the following; Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Summit, Montgomery, Lucas, Stark, Butler, Lorain, Mahoning, Lake, Warren, Trumbull, for adults. In order to be eligible, an individual must be:

  • A child or adult with co-occurring mental illness/developmental disability;
  • Enrolled in Medicaid;
  • In agreement to participate & provide consent; have access to a computer with a web cam and high speed, broad band internet connection.

County boards of DD must provide a contact person to assist with coordinating telepsychiatry services. This person needs to arrange staffing & transportation needs for the initial face to face visit & any necessary follow up visits. On the day of an individual's appointment, this person needs to provide access to the necessary computer equipment & have the ability to report vital signs (BP/pulse/body weight). Also, this person must accept a lead role in coordinating access to emergency services as deemed necessary, to include hospitalization. It is an expectation that a collaborative relationship be developed with local MH Board in order to best support the person's full range of MH needs.