Try remote support, get $50 a month for internet

Smiling young woman who works for a remote-support provider sitting at a desk in front of an Amazon device.
Ohio State University biomedical engineering student Lauren Gastineau, who works with the remote-support provider Ohio at Home, wrote a message on an Amazon Glow device.

The Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Creative Housing are continuing to offer incentives for people to try remote support, which can increase privacy and safely reduce the need for on-site staff.

People served by FCBDD and who have a Medicaid waiver can receive up to $50 a month for 12 months to pay for internet and WiFi if they try out a remote-services option for eight weeks, at a minimum of eight hours a week. Creative Housing residency is not required.

Remote support allows an off-site service provider to monitor and respond to health, safety and other needs using live, two-way communication, much like Skype or FaceTime. Cameras are not the only options; motion detectors and other sensors also are used for remote support.

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