The Utah State Developmental Center medical staff includes Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Physicians. The medical staff are dedicated to caring for the physical and emotional well-being of the individuals residing at USDC.
We use current best practices and the latest communication technology to help individuals express basic needs, wants and ideas using the most efficient and effective communication. Speech therapy, sign language, augmentative communication devices, auditory processing and other communication skills are personalized for residents.
We support individuals with disabilities in obtaining competitive, integrated employment through professional vocational counseling and guidance. Our team of Employment Specialists break down unique barriers to help achieve successful employment in the community.
Individuals residing at USDC receive dental services. Most services are preventative including demonstrations and the instruction of individuals and their direct care staff in proper dental hygiene and care. USDC also has a dental clinic available to those in DSPD services.
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Individuals at the USDC have nursing services available 24 hours a day. A supervising RN and a team of staff nurses are assigned to 25 to 30 individuals and provide nursing care and aide to these individuals helping them achieve and maintain their highest level of health possible.
Physical Therapists are available on site to evaluate individuals. An initial evaluation is ordered by the medical staff and performed by the Physical Therapists.
Once a recommendation is approved, the Physical Therapist provide or supervise physical therapy. The Physical Therapist evaluate the need for wheel chairs and assistive devices and make appropriate recommendations to facilitate the care and daily activities of individuals.
Recreation is a form of active treatment that helps individuals improve abilities and skills through everyday tasks. Our recreation team offers a variety of activities from adaptive horseback riding, leatherwork and karaoke so individuals can choose activities that are meaningful to them. Through these activities, we aim to help individuals build self-efficacy, teach appropriate social skills, build friendships, decrease boredom and increase leisure skills.
USDC's licensed mental health therapists provide Individuals with supportive counseling and other services that promote mental, emotional and psychological health. People with disabilities benefit from approaches and techniques which involve consistency and repetitive opportunities to learn and practice expressing and managing emotions; dealing with frustration, change and stress; and using effective relationship and problem solving skills.