POLITICS + GOVERNMENT

Disability services list will not see any relief due to failed bill

Mar 9, 2023, 5:00 PM

Disability services...

Rep. Ray Ward is pictured. Photo: Laura Seitz, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — The waitlist to get state disability services can last over 25 years. A bill that would have funded 200 people getting off that list each year was stripped of money and effectively failed in the legislature this year.

State representative and bill sponsor, Rep. Ray Ward, R-Bountiful, said Utah can do a lot better at shrinking that list each year. 

“Even though I had a unanimous vote, even though everyone admitted it was a terrible problem, even though everyone agreed wholeheartedly that we didn’t have a long-term plan to make the waiting list better, the supervisory committee still chose not to fund my bill so it failed…” 

Contextually, 4,500 people are on the waitlist for state disability services.

“This year and last year we got a good number of people off of it. But over the last 10 years, it has been miserable. The list keeps getting longer and longer every year. We have some people that have been on the waiting list for 25 years… that’s a whole generation.”

Ward confirmed $3.5 million of last year’s budget got 250 people off the waitlist.

Those 250 people will continue to receive that amount every future year. He added that families absolutely need this care as these people with disabilities can cause physical harm and other problems for their family caregivers. 

Related reading

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Politics + Government

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox, left, and President Joe Biden toast before Biden speaks to members of the Na...

Darlene Superville

Biden and Utah’s governor call for less bitterness and more bipartisanship in the nation’s politics

President Joe Biden and Utah Gov. Spencer Cox spoke at the White House during a black-tie dinner for the nation's governors.

6 hours ago

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks at a primary election night ...

MEG KINNARD and WILL WEISSERT Associated Press

Trump wins South Carolina, easily beating Haley in her home state and closing in on GOP nomination

Donald Trump won South Carolina's Republican primary on Saturday further consolidating his path to a third straight GOP nomination.

21 hours ago

pay gap...

Curt Gresseth

Why is the gender pay gap not closing?

The gender pay gap in the U.S. and Utah is not closing. A Utah financial planner details the impact that wage shortfall can have on a women workers over a career.

2 days ago

jeff hunt speaks to a class about public access to government...

Amanda Dickson

The public would have less access to government records under proposed law

A bill that tackles public access to government comes after state AG Sean Reyes denied KSL access to his daily calendar.

2 days ago

Example of ranked choice voting ballot. Twelve cities across Utah will participate in ranked choice...

Adam Small

Utah House passes bill that would end rank choice voting

Utah's ranked choice voting pilot program may come to and early end as the House passes a bill ending the program.

2 days ago

The Utah Capitol is shown on March 3, 2023, in Salt Lake City. Utah's SB 150, similar to the Relig...

Derrick Jones

“Utah’s RFRA”, passes the House and heads to the Governor

Utah's SB 150, similar to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), passed the House and awaits the Governor's signature.

2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Disability services list will not see any relief due to failed bill