Find Out If You or a Loved One is Eligible

To find out if you or a loved one may be eligible for services through the Division of Services for People with Disabilities, call us at 1-844-ASK-DSPD or 1-844-275-3773 and choose the apply for services option to speak with an intake worker.

Who is eligible

A person may be eligible for services if they have qualifying disabilities in one of the three areas listed below:

  • Intellectual Disabilities or Related Conditions
  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Physical Disabilities

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SERVICE CRITERIA


Our Division serves a number of people with the following :

  • Acquired brain injury
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Intellectual disabilities and related conditions
  • Supplemental services, on a limited basis, to complement the care provided by caregivers
  • Severe epilepsy

In order to be eligible for services through DSPD, a person must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, and a resident of the State of Utah.


We do not serve people whose only diagnosis is:

  • Mental illness
  • Hearing impairment
  • Visual impairment
  • Learning disability
  • Mental illness or behavior disorder (depending on how the behavioral disorder is defined and diagnosed)
  • Substance abuse
  • Aging
  • Deteriorating diseases and disorders arising after the age of 22, except acquired brain injuries or physical disabilities

INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES OR RELATED CONDITIONS

An intellectual disability is a disorder in which a person’s overall intellectual functioning is well below average – generally an intelligence quotient (IQ) of 70 or less; however, IQ is not central to diagnosis. Intellectual disability diagnosis is largely based on severity of limitation in social, conceptual, and practical skills (such as language, reasoning, problem solving, communication, self-regulation, personal care, behavior, etc.) expected of people in their age group and culture. To be eligible for services, the person must have a diagnosed intellectual disability that results in a substantial functional limitation in three or more of the following areas of major life activity:

  • Self-care
  • Receptive and Expressive Language
  • Learning
  • Mobility
  • Self-direction
  • Capacity to Live Independently
  • Capacity to Become Economically Self-sufficient (age 18 or older)

Physical Disabilities

A physical disability is characterized by a physical impairment resulting in the functional loss of two or more limbs, which a physician expects will last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months. A person must be capable of supervising, training, and managing his/her attendant, as well as managing his or her own financial and legal matters. The illness or injury could have occurred at any age but the applicant must be over age 18 to be eligible for services.

ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY

An acquired brain injury is the result of a traumatic injury to the brain that occurred after birth. An acquired brain injury may be the result of physical trauma to the brain or non-traumatic injury resulting from an external source such as a stroke, brain tumor, infection, hypoxia, toxic exposure, or substance abuse. A person may be eligible to receive services if the acquired brain injury results in substantial functional limitation in three or more cognitive abilities or physical functioning:

  • Memory or Cognition
  • Activities of Daily Life
  • Judgment and Self-Protection
  • Control of Emotion
  • Communication
  • Physical Health
  • Employment

If a person meets the qualifying disability requirements in one of the four areas listed above, they are most likely eligible for state services. In order to determine this, you or your loved one should contact DSPD and ask to speak with an intake worker.

How does Intake Work?


Intake Workers

DSPD has intake workers on staff whose primary responsibility is to work with you to determine if you or your loved one is eligible for services.

During the intake process, you will be asked to provide information to the Division which demonstrates your qualifying disability in one of the areas that DSPD serves. That information may include:

  • Copy of Basic identifying information such as name, phone number, address, social security number
  • Psychological evaluations, or for children under six years of age, a developmental assessment
  • School evaluations
  • Medical health summaries
  • Copy of medical health summaries
  • Other documentation unique to your disability

90 Days to Complete

You have 90 days to complete the intake process. If you are unable to complete the intake process within those 90 days, you will be placed on inactive status. You may continue your application at any time and are not penalized whatsoever when you are place on inactive status. If at any time you wish to continue the intake process, an intake worker will be more than happy to assist you.

If a significant amount of time has passed you will be responsible to update any information that is no longer current.

Notice of Agency Action and Hearing Rights Form

After you have submitted all information required, DSPD will mail you a Notice of Agency Action and Hearing Rights Form.

This form will inform you whether you have been determined eligible for DSPD services. It will also inform you as to your hearing rights, should you disagree with DSPD’s decision.

Waiting List

Once you have been determined eligible for DSPD services, you will be placed on a waiting list until sufficient funds are given from the Utah State Legislature to bring you off.

For more information on the Waiting List and how funds from the Utah State Legislature are used to bring people off the waiting list and into services, please look at our section on How the Waiting List Works.

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Determine if you are eligible


To find out if you or a loved one may be eligible for services through the Division of Services for People with Disabilities, call us at 1-844-ASK-DSPD or 1-844-275-3773 and choose the apply for services option to speak with an intake worker;

– Or –

You may start the intake process immediately by completing one of the following applicable intake packets and returning it to the Division of Services for People with Disabilities.

Intake Packet for Applicants with Intellectual Disabilities or Related Conditions

Intake Packet for Applicants with an Acquired Brain Injury

Intake Packet for Applicants with Physical Disabilities

SPANISH: Intake Packet for Applicants with Intellectual Disabilities or Related Conditions

SPANISH: Intake Packet for Applicants with an Acquired Brain Injury

SPANISH: Intake Packet for Applicants with Physical Disabilities