(Durham, NC) – Alliance Behavioral Healthcare is offering a special opportunity for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to experience what it is like to live more independently. Working in partnership with a remote monitoring company called Night Owl Support Systems and Resources for Human Development, a member of the Alliance Provider Network, Alliance opened its first Remote Monitoring Home this month.
Alliance is the managed care organization for publicly funded behavioral healthcare services for the people of Durham, Wake, Cumberland and Johnston counties. Alliance works with a network of almost 2200 private providers to serve the needs of 471,000 Medicaid-eligible and uninsured individuals within a total population of 1.8 million.
Alliance’s Remote Monitoring Home is a fully-furnished Durham apartment outfitted with special monitoring technology that allows people to try living for up to two weeks in a safe, secure home, without the need for overnight staff. Many people who receive services managed by Alliance for an intellectual or developmental disability live in group homes with 24-hour staff due to the lack of a safe and affordable alternative. Others live at home but require significant assistance from family or other natural supports. Understandably, some people are hesitant about the prospect of a more self-sufficient living arrangement. By trying Remote Monitoring during a planned stay, individuals will be able to determine if this service can be used to alleviate the need for overnight staff and ultimately, help them to live more independently.
Remote Monitoring also reduces the total cost of an individual’s care, using wireless sensors, two-way communication devices, and professional remote staff to address their needs and monitor their wellbeing during unstaffed hours. If a resident does have the need for in-person staffing support from time to time, they can learn to use the technology to call a trained staff member to come to the apartment to assist them.
The experience of living independently in the Remote Monitoring Home can be the first step to determining that an individual is ready for a level of care known as Supported Living, which is an option for participants in the Medicaid Innovations Waiver. Supported Living provides individualized assistance to enable an individual to live independently in a home they either rent or own.
Individuals who receive intellectual/developmental disability services managed by Alliance and are interested in learning more about the Remote Monitoring Home should contact their Alliance IDD Care Coordinator for more information.