Diagnostic Services is an interdisciplinary team of professionals who conduct evaluations to determine the service needs of individuals who have or are suspected of having intellectual disabilities. The composition of the team is individualized based on the needs of the person seeking services and may include a social worker, psychometrist/psychologist, audiologist, and dietitian. Diagnostic Services is the primary intake source for referrals for all programs offered by Hudspeth Regional Center. Categories of referrals are as follows: ICF/IID 10-bed group homes, ICF/IID campus, private facilities to include ICFs/IID and DD programs, Home and Community-Based Services through the ID/DD Waiver, vocational options, and community living services.
Individuals who reside in the Hudspeth Regional Center 22-county catchment area (or any additional areas where Hudspeth Regional Center has a community program) and have a suspected or confirmed intellectual disability may receive evaluation services at no cost to the family.
Scope of Service
A Diagnostic Services social worker is the first person with whom the family has contact. The social worker obtains background information such as school, medical, and psychological records on the individual and schedules evaluations when appropriate. The comprehensive evaluation includes areas such as social history, intellectual functioning, academic/vocational skills, self-help skills, community living skills, communication skills, and social skills. Following the evaluation, the interdisciplinary team meets to discuss findings based on the individual’s abilities and interests identified during the evaluation process. Evaluation findings and available options and resources are discussed with the individual and family, and a summary report of the evaluation is mailed to the family. If an individual is determined to be eligible for services, the individual is referred to the appropriate service provider.