VisionUtah State Developmental Center will provide an effective, efficient array of critical services and supports that promote independence and quality of life for Utah’s most vulnerable people with disabilities in partnership with families, guardians, and the community.
MissionThe Utah State Developmental Center is dedicated to providing an array of resources and supports for people with disabilities with complex or acute needs in Utah.
Welcome to the USDC's Website!Sitting on 250 beautiful acres our campus is located at the mouth of American Fork Canyon along the foothills of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains. The Developmental Center was established in 1932 under the direction of then Governor Dern. Feather Bench on the outskirts of American Fork was selected as the location for the Developmental Center over thirty other different locales across the State. Most of the original buildings have been replaced with more modern state of the art facilities. Citizens are served from across the entire state of Utah under the direction of the Utah Department of Human Services and the Division of Services for People with Disabilities. The Utah State Developmental Center provides 24-hour residential care and is Utah’s only State-operated intermediate care facility for people with intellectual disabilities. The Center offers intensive medical, behavioral, psychological and dental services to those over the age of 18. Admissions are limited and require an intensive screening process. The USDC Mission is "dedicated to providing an array of resources and supports for people with disabilities with complex or acute needs in Utah” The Developmental Center serves as a resource for the entire State of Utah. As other providers in the State of Utah struggle to provide care for individuals with complex emotional, medical and behavioral issues USDC is in the unique position of providing most of the essential services needed in a single location. The Utah State Developmental Center takes great pride in serving the most vulnerable citizens of Utah. Over 700 professional and support staff engage in the care and treatment of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Medical care and nursing is available 24 hours a day. Various therapies such as Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Recreation Therapy and counseling are all located in one spot. This team of providers in conjunction with family and friends work to provide the most independence possible in a safe environment for everyone who lives here. I appreciate your interest in the Utah State Developmental center and welcome any questions you might have about our treatment programs and career opportunities.
Dentistry for People with DisabilitiesThe Utah State legislature appropriated state funds for a pilot program utilizing staff and facilitates at the Utah State Developmental Center to provide basic and essential dental services for people with disabilities who do not reside at the Developmental Center. Click the link below for more details.
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