Riverside awarded for telepsychiatry service

TROY — Riverside Developmental Disabilities recently received an award for its work in “The Telepsychiatry Project,” from Ohio’s Telepsychiatry Project for Intellectual Disability and the Coordinating Center of Excellence in Mental Illness/Developmental Disability (CCOE).

Telepsychiatry is the delivery of psychiatric and counseling services via webcam meetings between clients and their mental health providers located in other areas. The Telepsychiatry Project is a collaboration between Ohio’s County Boards of Developmental Disabilities and Ohio Boards of Mental Health to bridge the gap in services to people with co-occurring mental illness and developmental disabilities who reside in remote areas across the state.

“There are approximately 45 individuals in Miami County who have a dual diagnosis of developmental disabilities and mental illness,” said Brian Green, superintendent at Riverside. “Visiting with mental health practitioners remotely allows these individuals to maximize their service budgets and maintain high quality treatment options. We are committed to finding innovative ways to meet the needs of the people we serve, and we are excited to say that Telepsychiatry has been extremely effective in providing the services they need.”

As Miami County’s board of developmental disabilities, Riverside was the first county board of DD in Ohio to join the project in 2011. At the project’s outset, Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities Director John Martin stated, “The lack of appropriate care severely impacts the quality of life for people in [rural] areas while also inflating the cost of care due to increased staffing needs, unnecessary hospitalizations, forced institutionalization, and expenses to transport the person out of the local area for treatment.”

Members of Riverside’s case management department attended the Ohio NADD (National Association for the Dually Diagnosed) Conference on September 21-22, where they were presented the CCOE Team Award by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.

For more information about Telepsychiatry and other services offered by Riverside, visit www.riversidedd.org.

Riverside Developmental Disabilities is Miami County’s local board of developmental disabilities. Riverside’s mission is to empower people with developmental disabilities to live, work and play as full members of our community. Riverside’s vision is to build a community that supports and values people of all abilities. The organization offers services such as case management, early intervention services, physical occupational and speech therapies, recreational activities, Special Olympics programs, community housing coordination, community employment training and placement, adult day services, transportation and other valuable services to people of all ages who have developmental disabilities. For more information about Riverside, visit riversidedd.org.