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StationMD Pilot Project

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and StationMD continue to partner on a pilot initiative to provide 24/7 telehealth and emergency medical services to people with DD at no cost. Enrollment opportunities are available for more Ohioans actively being served by a county boards of developmental disabilities, including people with developmental disabilities residing in intermediate care facilities (ICFs), to be a part of this pilot. StationMD doctors are specially trained to work with people with developmental disabilities and in emergency medicine. Additional information about this service is provided in the attached flyer. Any county board, council of government, certified provider, or ICF operator, may apply for this service on behalf of the aforementioned eligible people with developmental disabilities. To participate in this pilot, please begin by filling out this application

Applicants must commit to work with StationMD to enroll people by June 30, 2022. Once DODD approves your application, you will be notified of approval. Enrollment is easy and simply requires basic information about the person enrolling such as name, DODD/Medicaid number, address, and date of birth. Training sessions will be offered by StationMD throughout April, May, and June to approved applicants and will provide on-going support to the applicants throughout the project. 

Note: DODD will approve applications until we reach our pilot cap of 5,000 enrolled people with developmental disabilities. 

Project ECHO (Extension of Community Health Outcomes) for Multi-System Youth

Project ECHO uses a trademarked technological platform and methodology developed at the University of New Mexico to offer program participants

  • opportunities to present complex cases and to receive written recommendations from multidisciplinary experts,
  • opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills to manage complex conditions in their own communities and to be part of a community of practice,
  • brief lectures and case-based learning on topics of special interest,
  • and free, convenient continuing professional education.

Ohio Telepsychiatry Project

The intent of the project is to reach remote areas throughout the state and people with limited access to psychiatric services. Referrals for children and youth can come from all counties. Referrals for adults can come from all counties with the exception of the largest 13 counties in population. In order to be eligible, a person must be

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

Virtual Reality for Direct Support Professional Training

DODD is partnering with a team of experts from OCALI to develop and pilot an online learning experience paired with virtual reality encounters, simulating real-life interactions with a variety of people. The training is designed to support direct support professionals' abilities to

  • notice, understand, and respect people with disabilities and their communication preferences,
  • build better relationships with those they serve,
  • and feel valued and recognize the important impact they make.