Craig Escudé, MD is a board-certified family physician and serves as medical director of Hudspeth Regional Center, a state residential program for those with severe and profound intellectual and developmental disabilities in Mississippi. He has over 16 years of experience in caring for those with mental and developmental issues in central Mississippi. Over the past two years, his involvement with transitioning individuals from congregate to community settings has taken him from an inquisitive skeptic to a realistic, rational supporter of this endeavor. He has traveled to and communicated with other states to learn both the positive aspects as well as the challenges associated with this transition and has presented to numerous groups on the subject. He is currently actively participating in the design of the transition process in Mississippi, especially in areas relating to medical care for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.