Navigating The Regional Center System

Cost: $50 PFAC Member – $70 Non-Member

Speaker: Jim Huyck

CEU Awarded: 1.0 Person

Presented Date: 05/03/2019



About the Course

Jim Huyck, former Executive Director of Alta California Regional Center, will present on Navigating the Regional Center system. This will include the history and creation of the Regional Centers including how parents paid a key role in their establishment. Jim will explain the two programs that the Regional Centers administer and the eligibility criteria for both programs. The Individual Program Planning process will be explained and how services are agreed to and authorized by the Regional Center. The various services which the Regional Center can provide will be detailed. The current fees that parents can be charges will be explained. The process of Institutionally Deeming children, who would otherwise not be eligible for MediCal, onto MediCal through the MediCaid Waiver process, will be explained. Also explained will be the process for appealing any denial of requested services. Of great interest to the audience will be whether the Regional Centers require that Special Needs Trust pay for services rather than the Regional Center paying for the services.

Jim Huyck – Huyck Consulting

Jim Huyck has over 40 years of experience working with people with disabilities, primarily those with Developmental Disabilities. He began his career as a Senior Rehabilitation Counselor with the California Department of Rehabilitation, working with Regional Center clients. After 5 years, he was hired by the San Diego Community College District as a Counselor for the “Limited Learners” (Regional Center clients). He was promoted to Associate Dean of Special Education at the San Diego Community College District where he served until he was recruited to Sacramento by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office where he launched the Statewide Foundation for the California Community Colleges. During his tenure there he was successful in obtaining grants and contracts totaling over $17 million per year including funding from Apple and IBM to establish High Tech Centers for the Disabled at Community Colleges Statewide. In 1995 he was hired as the Executive Director of Alta California Regional Center where he served for 10 years, managing a staff of over 300 employees and an annual budget of $175 million. For the past 12 years he has been consulting and advocating for individuals with disabilities and their families to assist in accessing public benefits including Regional Center, SSI, SSDI, MediCal, IHSS, Special Education, CCS etc. In particular he works closely with attorneys and Trustees as a Consultant regarding Special Needs Trust.