DSPD - Part 3

Family Managed or Self-Administered Services:
This option is typically limited to respite care and other types of family support. Families who choose this option must do the following:

  • Hire and train their own staff and have more control over who provides the supports and services to their family member who has a disability;
  • Hire a fiscal agent who is responsible for payroll functions;
  • Comply with certain defined regulations;
  • Complete administrative work that private providers generally do.
  • This is considered 'sweat equity' so not all families are interested in, nor may be appropriate for, this option.

Services for Children:

  • Respite Care: temporary care to relieve parents or caregivers from the day-to-day care they provide to the person with a disability.
  • Family Assistance and Support: includes activities such as assistance with daily activities, help with therapies, assistive technology and/or environmental modifications.
  • Host Home or Professional Parent Services: an out-of-home service in the private home of specially trained families. These families also have a variety of specialized backup services offered through a private provider agency.

Services for Adults:

  • Supported Employment: includes job development, placement, intensive on-the-job training, and supervision by ajob coach.
  • Day Services: include daytime supervision and support to develop and maintain self-help skills, community living skills, social skills, and communication skills.
  • Senior Supports: similar to day services, but designed for the needs of, and paced for, older adults.
  • Respite Care: (See description listed for Services for Children.)
  • Host Home: (See description listed for Services for Children.)
  • Supported Living: services provided in the person?s home to help support the person?s independence.
  • Supervised Living: residential services offered in a group home or supervised apartment. Level of supervision is determined by the individuals? needs and can vary from intensive 24-hour to intermittent supervision.
  • Utah State Developmental Center: Utah's only state-operated intermediate care facility? a 24-hour institutional setting. The Center offers intensive medical, behavioral, psychological and dental services to those over age 18. Admissions are limited and require an intensive screening and court commitment process. Services are designed for:
  • very medically fragile individuals;
  • those requiring psychiatric evaluation and stabilization;
  • offenders who need intensive supervision;
  • those with severe disabilities who cannot be served in less restrictive settings.

Quality of Services:

As part of the mission of DSPD, it maintains the following values:

  • We respect and support personal choice and personal responsibility
  • We respect personal and cultural diversity
  • We value the preservation of family and other natural supports
  • We believe in stewardship and wise use of public resources
  • We value coordination and cooperation
  • We respect and support personal choices.
  • We believe people deserve high quality supports and services
  • We believe funding should be needs based and should follow the person and DSPD will:
  • Promote and recognize excellence
  • Continue a person-centered philosophy
  • Promote public awareness of disability issues
  • Work collaboratively to dissolve barriers to quality service
  • Support a full spectrum of service options
  • Support self-determination by assisting persons to exercise and develop their ability to make choices and experience
  • freedom to make informed choices from among available options of services and supports, authority to control a defined amount of dollars to purchase only what is needed and valued, support to nurture informal relationships that might augment, if not replace, some purchased services, and responsibility to give back to the community

Disabilities Ombudsman:

The Disabilities Ombudsman provides an avenue for Consumers in the Division of Services for People with Disabilities (DSPD) to voice their concerns about services, and helps to improve services and service delivery systems to consumers by engaging the following activities:

  • Help to mediate and resolve conflicts between consumers, providers and DSPD - ultimately conflict resolution is the responsibility of DSPD
  • Support and encourage actions that will improve DSPD services
  • Track trends that impact services
  • Collect statistical data

Evaluate and follow-up on concerns and/or complaints filed by or in behalf of consumers or any persons who qualify as consumers of DSPD services in the following areas:

  • Matters that effect the health, safety and/or welfare of consumers;
  • Rules, policies and laws, and how they effect Services to consumers;
  • Policies and practices that diminish consumer dignity and independence;
  • Questions of consumer rights;
  • Questions concerning access to appropriate services;
  • Quality of services provided to consumers; and
  • Concerns raised in an Adult Protective Services investigation.

The current Disabilities Ombudsman is:
Thomas Dunford
In Salt Lake call 801-538-4373


  • DSPD website: http://www.dspd.utah.gov/index.htm

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