Our Mission

Hudspeth Regional Center is a team dedicated to excellence in providing individualized services for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We advance personal growth and productivity by offering opportunities for choice, achievement, and success in all aspects of living.
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Campus Services

Hudspeth Regional Center’s Campus Services Program provides 24-hour, seven (7) days per week habilitative, therapeutic, and medical care and treatment. There are nine (9) cottage living units serving men, women and children. Each person participates in an individualized support plan of care designed to address particular strengths and needs. This objective is implemented by an interdisciplinary service delivery system within the following components:

  • Audiology
  • Dental Services
  • Dietary Services
  • Educational Services
  • Medical/Nursing Services
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmaceutical Services
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychology Services
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Staff Development and Training
  • Social Services
  • Support Care Professional Services


Learning depends on access to information. The rates of hearing loss for participants with Down Syndrome ranged progressively from 36.4% (ages 18–30) to 100% (ages 61–70). By striking contrast, the hearing loss prevalence rates for study subjects with Intellectual Disability not due to Down Syndrome increased steadily from 7.5% (ages 18–31) to 52.3% (ages 61–70).  People with hearing loss or those in a poor listening environment may not achieve their potential simply because they cannot hear clearly enough.

The audiologist:

  • Routinely evaluates hearing status
  • Makes appropriate medical referrals
  • Collaborates with staff on programming
  • Provides in-service to staff on hearing, hearing impairment, and appropriate intervention
  • Analyzes acoustics and makes recommendations for improving listening environments helps Hudspeth Regional Center provide high-quality services for all people


Dental Services at Hudspeth Regional Center assumes a meaningful role in the prevention and control of dental disease. This provides the people we serve with a better standard of general health, a more attractive appearance, and more confidence.

Our primary objective is to respond to the oral health needs of our people by:

  • teaching the fundamentals of dental health and
  • providing or obtaining adequate dental treatment.

Some of the services provided include routine oral exams, prophylaxis and scaling, preventive care, restorations, extractions, and acute (emergency) care. The dental staff keeps detailed records of visits and provides input for each person’s program plan through written communication with the interdisciplinary team.

Dietary Services

Hudspeth Regional Center’s Dietary Department provides nutritional services for those people who reside on campus. The Dietary Department prepares 600 meals daily with snacks; and food for all the person’s special event activities.

There are two Registered Dieticians who ensure each person receives an individualized Nutritional Plan. A Consultant Registered Dietician works with the Community Group Homes to ensure each person’s Nutritional Plan is developed and implemented.

The Hudspeth Regional Center Dietary Services must comply with the State Board of Health regulations.

Educational Services

All people receive educational services supervised by teachers with special education licensure, teacher aides, and other support staff. Educational services provided are:

  • Developmental Programming focusing on daily living skills, self-help skills, communication skills, and pre-vocational skills
  • Hudspeth Regional Center has a coordinated agreement with the Rankin County Schools; students attend schools throughout the district based on IEP decisions and the least restrictive environment

Support services consist of:  Audiological evaluations including programming strategies and staff training; Speech Pathology including feeding evaluations, communication consultation and program strategies; and deaf/blind consultation and programming.

Hudspeth Regional Center’s educational program for people under the age of 21 is licensed as a Nonpublic School Program by the Mississippi Department of Education.

Medical/Nursing Services

The Medical/Nursing Services consists of Physicians, Nurses, and Support Care Professionals who provide a wide range of medical services to the people at Hudspeth Regional Center. Some of the services include routine physical examinations and preventive care as well as acute-care and administration of medications. The nursing staff keeps detailed records of medical occurrences and are an integral part of the interdisciplinary team. The Medical/Nursing Services also provide services to the staff including vaccine administration and TB skin testing.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy is responsible for evaluating and consulting with the teacher on the person in the following areas: activities of daily living (eating, bathing, dressing, grooming, leisure, etc.). The OT provides arm and hand range of motion, coordination, and splinting; sensory processing; adaptive equipment; equipment modifications; helmets; and staff training/education.

Pharmaceutical Services

The pharmacy procures and dispenses all medications needed by our people, completes quarterly reviews of each person’s chart checking for any problems that may occur with the medication being used, and acts as a source of drug information for the facility. A pharmacist also has input in which medications are awarded the contracts, participates in the team plan for each person, and devises the drug distribution system used by the facility. Oversight of the pharmacy technician’s work is also a requirement.

There are two Registered Pharmacists who ensure compliance with the MS Board of Pharmacy and federal laws.  All licenses for the pharmacy and the pharmacists must be renewed timely with the MS Board of Pharmacy and the Drug Enforcement Agency. Random visits by state board agents require pharmacists to produce requested records and proof of recorded controlled substances count. Compliance with board regulations is mandatory, as is compliance with Medicaid and Medicare regulations.

Physical Therapy

The purpose of the Therapy Services Department (PT) is to provide the people of Hudspeth Regional Center the necessary evaluations and treatment to reach and maintain their optimum physical and functional status.

Physical Therapy is responsible for a person’s mobility. Mobility can be either via a wheelchair or ambulating with or without an assistive device. PT is also responsible for the person’s seating and positioning equipment. This includes, wheelchairs, cushions, walkers, leg/foot braces, and many other items. These devices can be as simple as a standard walker or as complicated as a custom wheelchair. PT is also responsible for a person’s leg range of motion, wheelchair maintenance, and staff training/education.

Psychology Services

Psychology Service is responsible for evaluating and writing psychological plans on each person once a year. Psychology staff also develops individualized behavior support plans for those people identified with behavior issues. The Psychology staff collects behavioral data on identified persons and assists with the day to day care of those people.

Recreation Therapy

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department (HPER) is responsible for providing Leisure and Therapeutic Recreation Activities to the people at Hudspeth Regional Center.  It offers a wide variety of structured activities which consists of on and off campus participation. HPER promotes health and wellness by providing quality recreation services to people in the least restrictive environment. The Recreation staff attempts to adapt all activities to match abilities and likes of each person. The people are encouraged to participate at whatever level deemed capable. The HPER Department sponsors many special events and programs throughout the year; art/music therapy, dances, education, holiday celebrations, leisure van and bus riding, physical fitness, talent shows, and Special Olympics. These and other programs help provide educational, physical, sensory stimulation, socialization and therapeutic programs which will enhance the lifestyle of each person.

Staff Development and Training

This department coordinates and supervises training for Hudspeth Regional Center employee’s. Staff training begins with new employee orientation and continues throughout one’s employment. This training is designed to foster the desire to learn and explore the organization’s mission and enhance the quality of our services.

Some of our training goals include:

  • Facilitating personal & professional growth as well as organizational advancement
  • Improving the skills & competencies of employees
  • Adhering to regulatory training standards

Social Services

Social Services will provide services to people residing at Hudspeth Regional Center and their family.  It is the mission of Social Services to advocate on the person’s behalf, to be sensitive to his/her overall needs, to treat each person with dignity and respect and to act as a liaison between the center, the person, the family and the community.

Social Workers provide the following services to each individual:

  • Serves as the person’s advocate regarding rights issues
  • Maintains and promotes contact between the family and the IID Program
  • Maintains and promotes contact between the family and the person
  • Serves as an active member of the Interdisciplinary Team and assists in developing Individual Support Plans for people
  • Assists in shopping with the person for clothing and other personal items
  • Completes the admission process in order to help make the transition from the family to the IID Program as easy as possible

Support Care Professional Services

The Support Care Professional Services component of Hudspeth Regional Center provides 24 hour, seven (7) days per week residential and habilitative care. Each person participates in an individualized support plan of care designed to address his or her specific strengths and needs.

The Support Care Professional Services component provides services on nine residential cottages located on the campus of Hudspeth Regional Center. The cottages are divided into two Units. Unit I consists of five cottages for men and Unit II consists of four cottages for women. The Support Care Professional Services staff are scheduled to work on the cottage for three eight hour shifts.

The people residing in the cottages receive continuous programs of active treatment to promote optimal independence. Support Care Professional Services staff provide training to the people in the areas of self-help skills, daily living skills, communication skills, socialization skills, choice making skills and independent living. The Support Care Professional Services staff work collaboratively with other disciplines of the Interdisciplinary Team to ensure that all people acquire the necessary skills to function with as much self-determination and independence possible.

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