Services for People with Disabilities
Name: Division of Services for People with Disabilities (DSPD), Department of Human Services
Physical Address: 195 North 1950 West, Salt Lake City, Utah. 84010
Phone: (Intake and eligibility): 1-877-568-0084
Hours: Monday-Friday 8AM – 5:00PM
The Division of Services for People With Disabilities (DSPD) is the state agency charged with serving individuals with disabilities in Utah. Their mission is to promote opportunities and provide support for persons with disabilities to lead self-determined lives. They oversee home and community-based services for more than 4,000 people who have disabilities through a Medicaid Waiver program.
Medicaid is a partnership between the states and the federal government to provide health insurance and long term care services to certain groups of people who are low income and have few assets. States are not required to offer Medicaid, but can choose to participate in the program. Utah Medicaid also offers additional services for special populations. These special services are available through waivers. A waiver allows a state to set aside some of the federal rules that apply to the regular Medicaid program.
Waivers differ from regular Medicaid in that the state is able to design a program that meets the needs of a particular group of people. Unlike regular Medicaid, waivered services are not considered an entitlement. The number of people served under a waiver is dependent upon money received from the state legislature. This means that a person may qualify for the services, but is not made eligible to receive services until there is funding available to give him/her services. Once the person is given funding under the waiver, all services within that waiver and all regular Medicaid services (see above) are available if medically necessary.
DSPD Waiver support includes:
• community living
• day services
• supported employment services
• support for people with disabilities and their families
DSPD also provide services to about 250 people at the Utah State Developmental
Center (USDC), a state operated Intermediate Care Facility for people with Mental
A family may apply for services at DSPD, and if determined eligible, will be put on a list.
Services are mandated by Utah statute to be given to those with the most needs, so
there may be a waiting period before services are received.
Training for caregivers of individuals with disabilities may be accessed through several
resources. The Utah Parent Center provides one on one services and also provides
trainings that include:
• Stress and What to do About it
• Positive Behavior Interventions
• Having a Child with Special Needs in Your Family
• Constructive Communication Tools
• Negotiation and Advocacy Skills
• Parents as Partners in the IEP Process
• Section 504
• Transition to Adult Services
A number of support and information sharing groups are available for caregivers of
individuals with disabilities. Some are specific to individual diagnosis, such as Autism
Association of Utah, while others are for all disabilities, such as the Family to Family
Support groups allow caregivers to
• discuss their concerns and common experiences
• receive and offer emotional encouragement
• share practical solutions to caregiving situations
DSPD serves Utahns with severe intellectual and physical disabilities and
acquired brain injuries who are carefully assessed and determined eligible. When
an individual receives services through DSPD, he/she may be eligible for a Medicaid waiver. By using Medicaid waivers, the State of Utah receives federal matching dollars to help fund services for people with disabilities.
The following are the Home and Community-Based Services Waivers that are available through DSPD.
1. Utah Community Supports Waiver for People with Intellectual Disabilities and
2. Acquired Brain Injury Waiver
3.Physical Disabilities Waiver
What to expect:
Once an individual is assessed and found eligible for the Medicaid Waivered Services and is taken off the Waitlist, services are expected to last the life span of the individual. Within the service plan, individual conditions are addressed by following a person centered plan with goals and objectives.
Recommended treatment options:
Treatment options are individualized for the person on the Medicaid Waivered Services, may include but not limited to: day services, residential (from personal assistance or companion service to 24-hour supervised living), supported living, respite, behavior supports, transportation and more. These services are designed to ensure a
person’s health and safety and help an individual to live a more self-determined and fulfilling life.
Where to learn more:
To contact intake for eligibility call: 1-877-568-0084