Ohio Remote Monitoring in Action Through Partnership

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Sengistix and Champaign Residential Services, Inc (CRSI) Partner to deliver one of first Remote Monitoring services in Ohio

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“These two homes are only the beginning for CRSI, with the plan to implement more remote monitoring devices for qualified individuals in the near future,” says Scott DeLong, President of CRSI.

Sengistix and Champaign Residential Services, Inc.(CRSI) are pleased to announce they have partnered to deliver some of the first Remote Monitoring services enabled by Ohio’s new Individual Options (I/O) waiver rule from the Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD). This new benefit for consumers was approved in 2011.

This new I/O waiver rule permits certified agencies to be reimbursed for remote monitoring, when technology can be used to enable supervision without having a caregiver on site. This allows the person being supervised greater independence because paid staff is only called to the home when needed. It also is a cost savings as remote monitoring is a less expensive alternative to having a paid staff on site, especially when the person doesn't need immediate assistance. The expected savings could mean hundreds of dollars a month per location.

While many County Boards of DD and service providers are taking a wait and see approach, CRSI has been proactive in working with the Preble County Board of DD and the Miami County Board of DD to identify individuals who not only benefit from the monitoring service but who also choose it as a support option in their home.

“These two homes are only the beginning for CRSI, with the plan to implement more remote monitoring devices for qualified individuals in the near future,” says Scott DeLong, President of CRSI. “We view this as a win for our consumers who wish to have this type of oversight while remaining more independent in their own homes. It is also an opportunity for us to address the future decline in health care workers as the Baby Boomer generation begins to need more health care services”.

CRSI chose to partner with Sengistix due to its wide range of remote monitoring service options and Sengistix's prior experience in other states.

Sengistix has met and talked with other service providers and County Boards of DD for the last couple of years, as everyone tries to learn more about the new remote monitoring service and support options. Sandy Henry, Senior Director for Sengistix said, “This new option is very exciting, but like anything new it takes time for people to get comfortable with it. I have been very impressed with how closely all agencies in Ohio work together to offer quality services for people with disabilities. It’s been a pleasure and an honor to work with an agency like CRSI, who is willing to be among the first to offer new opportunities to people they support.”

About CRSI:
CRSI has been a not-for profit provider of developmental disability services since 1976. It serves approximately 800 consumers and employs approximately 1300 people across thirty Ohio counties. For more information, go to
http://www.crsi-oh.com.

About Sengistix:
Sengistix is responding to the transformation of the health and human services system, bringing new automated sensing technology solutions to caregivers that improve safety, enhance the quality of life, and increase options for greater independence for all individuals requiring support. We offer one of the widest arrays of options to individuals and caregivers, from just a few sensors to full 24/7 support solutions with remote supervision by our staff. Each situation is unique and we offer unique solutions to each situation. For more information visit http://www.sengistix.com.

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Kirk Simmons
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