In 2011, Ohio obtained approval from the federal government to start offering remote monitoring for people with developmental disabilities to help more individuals live safely and independently. Ohio’s Medicaid program received approval to purchase monitoring devices such as those that enable live audio or video feeds, motion sensors, and equipment for back-and-forth communication with clients.
The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities monitoring program reduced the need for some people with developmental disabilities to have in-home, 24-hour care. The goal was to provide more privacy to residents, but immediate access to a caseworker if needed.
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