Service Delivery Models

Traditional, Private Provider Agencies


Traditional, provider based services are offered to people on the Home and Community Based and Acquired Brain Injury waivers. The Division has contracts with hundreds of private, provider agencies across the state to provide specialized services. If the person with a disability or their parent/guardian chooses this model, then your Support Coordinator will help you choose which provider you wish to work with. The Support Coordinator will arrange for funds from the individual’s budget to be allocated to the chosen provider agency.

  • DSPD contracts with a large number of privately owned provider companies who provide a large variety of services across the state.
  • Many provider companies specialize in delivering a particular type of service or meeting the needs for a particular type of disability. It is important to know that you have a choice in selecting a provider and are free to determine what services will provide you or your loved one with the best care for your situation.
  • The state certifies and/or licenses these providers, and DSPD works closely with them to monitor the quality of the services they provide.
  • Self-Administered Services


    Self-Administered Services (SAS) offers an alternative to Agency-Based Provider Services by allowing people with disabilities and their families to select services that are provided within their home

    • Under the SAS Model, People with disabilities and their families are able to hire, train, and supervise the employees providing the support to the person. This gives a person or a person’s family more control over who provides supports and services to them, but also requires a greater degree of dedication from the family
    • All families who use the SAS model must hire a Fiscal Agent who is responsible to provide financial services for the person, and assist with things such as payroll

    For more information on the SAS Model, you can review the following resources:

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    All families who use the SAS model must hire a Fiscal Agent who is responsible to provide financial services for the person, and assist with things such as payroll and employee background screening. A fiscal agent is a company contracted through the Division to handle employee payroll, tax deductions, and issuing paychecks.

    Utah State Developmental Center (USDC)


    USDC is Utah’s only state-operated intermediate care facility for people with intellectual disabilities (ICF/ID), which is 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 or a court commitment process.

    For additional information, please visit USDC’s Website