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State gets OK to monitor disabled via live feeds, allow them to stay in their own homes


Ohio will start offering remote monitoring to keep an eye on people with developmental disabilities, so more of them can live at home safely.

The Dayton Daily News reports the state's Medicaid program received a federal government OK earlier this month to begin paying for various types of monitoring on July 15. Options include live audio or video feeds, motion sensors and equipment for back-and-forth communication with clients.

Medicaid administrator Christina Miller with the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities tells the newspaper the voluntary service will cost the state less than housing the developmentally disabled in care facilities.

Cameras would go only in common areas such as kitchens and living rooms. Superintendent Mark Gerhardstein with the Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities says the program “is not about spying.”

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