We advocate the full inclusion of people with disabilities by promoting comprehensive, quality community-based services as an alternative to institutionalization. People with disabilities and families of children with disabilities must have meaningful information and real choices regarding where and who to live with live with, decisions in their daily lives, and opportunities to be independent and actively participate in their communities.
Our agency helps individuals when their rights to live in the community have been violated by protecting/advancing policies and encouraging resources that focus on planning, development and provision of community-based services that are responsive to the individual needs of adults and children with disabilities and their families while promoting a family life.
Home & Community-Based Services in Utah
Utah is creating a new HCBS plan that may change the way Utahns with disabilities and those who are aging are supported at home and in their communities. The plan is supposed to make sure every person receiving Home and Community-based Services (HCBS) can get the supports he or she needs to stay healthy, live where and with whom he or she wants, do work he or she likes, and make decisions about his or her life. If successful, the plan will allow HCBS recipients the opportunity to live, work, or play in their community as independently as possible.
Additional Updates and Information
The Division of Services for People with Disabilities (DSPD) held its annual public hearing in August. The DLC focused on the need to make sure residents of the Utah State Developmental Center receive appropriate treatment, supports, and opportunities. We also emphasized policy and legal direction on the state and federal level intended to increase opportunities for competitive and integrated employment among individuals with more significant disabilities. Similarly, we drew attention to new federal regulations designed to expand opportunities for meaningful community integration among individuals receiving waiver services through DSPD. You can read our full comment here.
United Cerebral Palsy recently released the 2014 edition of “The Case for Inclusion.” The report uses data from 2012 to rank states according to outcomes for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. The good news: Utah outranks Mississippi, which comes in at 51. The bad news: Our overall score still puts us close to the bottom, at 43.
The DLC sent a letter asking Utah’s congressional delegation to protect Utahns with mental illness from forced outpatient treatment, continue to support the consumer-oriented and directed approach to mental health treatment and recovery, and safeguard the DLC’s ability to engage systems change and policy advocacy in these areas by opposing Representative Murphy’s Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act.