25% more Utahns with disabilities receive employment services in FY16

The release of the Utah Division of Services for People with Disabilities’ Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Report highlights the state’s focus on employment for individuals with disabilities.

Out of all National Core Indicator states, DSPD/Utah is ranked 13th for service recipients having a paid job in the community. In Fiscal Year 2016 DSPD provided employment services to 1,011 clients receiving disability services and to 489 individuals on the DSPD waiting list for state services. Of the latter, 49.3 percent are employed with an average of 16.5 hours worked per week.

Other data highlighted in the Annual Report includes:

  • 5,559 total individuals receive ongoing services in a home and community based setting, with 221 new individuals brought into services
  • 30 percent reduction of direct care staff turnover with legislative approved pay increase
  • 2,510 people waiting for DSPD services, with 1,152 receiving various short-term limited services while awaiting funding for ongoing services
  • Details of a web-based app coming in 2017 to help individuals have more control and awareness about the services they receive

To access the full report, please visit dspd.utah.gov/reports.