​​​Utah's Volunteer Advocates

for Those With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.  

801-763-4008, mrau@utah.org

895 North 900 East, American Fork, UT 84003

​​General Services and Information

Utah State Developmental Center
Dedicated to providing an array of resources and supports for people with disabilities with complex or acute needs in Utah. This includes residential and other support services. 
Website: https://usdc.utah.gov/

Human Services
Offers a variety of services to those with disabilities.
Various locations in Utah
Website: http://hs.utah.gov/overview/disabilities-and-senior-services/

Utah Parent Center
Special needs, extraordinary potential
Address: 230 West 200 South, Suite 1101, Salt Lake City
Phone: 801-272-1051
Email: info@utahparentcenter.org
Website: www.utahparentcenter.org

Utah Coalition for Caregiver Support
Provides support and information for caregivers.
Website: caregivers.utah.gov

Provides information and links to information.
Website: ucare.utah.gov

Protective Services

Adult Protective Services
To report suspicions of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of vulnerable adults.
Salt Lake County: 801-264-7669
Statewide: 1-800-371-7897
General website: hsdaas.utah.gov
Reporting Link: https://daas.utah.gov/adult-protective-services/aps-form/


Disability & Abuse Project
Identifies ways to reduce the risk of abuse, promotes healing for victims, and seeks justice for those who have been victimized. (For California, but some information is general)
Website: disability-abuse.com

Support Services

Family to Family Network
​Educate, strengthen and support families of persons with disabilities.
Website: familytofamilynetwork.org

Support for brothers and sisters of people with special health, developmental, and mental health concerns.
Website: siblingsupport.org

Online parent discussion groups pertaining to learning and attention issues of children from early learners to young adulthood age ranges.
Website: understood.org

Easy to Love
Support for families raising children with special needs.
Website: utaheasy2love.org

CHADD of Utah
Support groups for adults with AD/HD and parents of children with AD/HD.
Website: www.chaddofutah.com

Referral source for a variety of support groups and resources.
Phone: 211
Website: unitedwayuc.org

Services for Guardians

Office of Public Guardian (OPG)
To get information, referrals, and/or education. Offers guardianship and conservatorship assessment, limited and full guardianships and conservatorships, and alternative guardianship and conservatorship.
Phone: 801-538-8255
Website: opg.utah.gov

Guardianship Associates of Utah
Offers guardianship, information, and referrals.
Phone: 801-533-0203
Website: guardianshiputah.org/

Guardian  Conservator Services, LLC
Offers private guardian, conservator, trustee, VA fiduciary, social security payee, personal representative, estate management and liquidation
Phone: 801-281-1100
Website: www.guardianconservatorservices.com

Legal Services and Information

Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake
A non-profit organization that aids low-income families and individuals and victimes of domestic violence. Offers representation of proposed wards and wards wanting to contest proposed or existing guardianships.
Phone: 801-328-8849
Website: legalaidsocietyofsaltlake.org

Lawyer Referral Service of the Utah State Bar
Provides names of private attorneys who handle cases for a fee.
Phone: 801-531-9077 or 800-698-9077
Website: utahbar.org

Consumer Programs Specialist: Division of Substance Abuse & Mental Health
Provides information about services and plans available through Utah’s system.
Phone: 801-538-3939
Website: hsmh.utah.gov

Presentation and Printed Resources

Presentation: Trauma and People with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities: Recognizing Signs of Abuse and Providing effective Symptom Relief
Presented by Nora J. Baladerian, Ph.D
Link: http://www.dhhr.wv.gov/bhhf/Documents/2013%20IBHC%20Presentations/Day%203%20Workshops/Healing%20the%20Trauma.pdf

Book: Poder: a model for abuse risk reduction for children and adults with disabilities
Written by Nora J. Baladerian, Ph.D

Other Resources

Literature as Therapy
Provide quality books and curriculum for individuals having developmental disabilities, emotional problems, and/or special needs.
1517 North Grove Drive, Alpine, Utah, 84004
Fax: 801-756-5111

Kids on the Move
Website: kotm.org