Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) are available to both children and adults being served by the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). The programs objective is to provide highly personalized, attentive and well-trained care in three main areas of service: Attendant Care, Habilitation, and Respite in the member’s home and/or community.

Attendant Care provides assistance  for an individual to remain in their home and participate in community activities by attaining or maintaining personal cleanliness, activities of daily living, and safe and sanitary living conditions that includes but is not limited to the following:

        • Meal preparation and clean up ( e.g., meal planning, preparing foods, special diets, clean up and storing food)
        • Eating/Assistance with eating
        • Bathing (e.g., washing, drying, transferring, adjusting water and setting up equipment)
        • Cleaning
        • Laundry (e.g., putting clothes in washer or dryer, folding clothes, putting clothes away)
        • Shopping (e.g., grocery shopping and picking up medication)
        • Attending to certified service animal needs
        • General supervision for an individual who cannot be safely left alone.

Habilitation provides learning opportunities designed to help the consumer develop skills and independence. This service may be provided to:

        • Increase or maintain independence and socialization skills
        • Increase or maintain safety and community skills
        • Increase or maintain the individual’s health and safety
        • Provide training in:
          • Essential activities required to meet personal and physical needs
          • Alternative and/or adaptive communication skills
          • Self-help/living skills
        • Develop the individual’s support system to reduce the need for paid services
        • Help family members learn how to teach the individual a new skill

Caring for someone with disabilities is often a twenty-four/seven job.

Respite provides short-term care to relieve caregivers and family members. This service allows families/guardians the opportunity to take some time off and handle simple day to day tasks, without having to worry about the well-being of their loved one.



Frequently Asked Questions

Who provides HCBS services?

Trained DCW’s (Direct Care Workers) who are 18 years or older, that can pass a drug screening and back ground check provide the 1-1 care service. They could be a family member or friend of the individual.

Who hires and supervises Direct Care Workers?

HCBS Coordinators after they pass a drug screening and background check.

We are always looking to hire Direct Care Workers, apply today on our careers page  

Are HCBS Direct Care Workers trained?

Yes, in CPR, 1st Aid, Article 9, DCW (if ATC is being provided), Anti-Harassment, BBP- Blood Born Pathogens, Body Mechanics and Personal Hygiene, Cultural Competency, Fraud, Waste and Abuse, HIPAA (privacy policy), Incident Reporting, Intro to DDD, Mandatory Reporting, Medication Policies and Procedures, Positive Behavior Support, Skill Building and the ISP Process.


We believe the right training gives employees the necessary skills and knowledge to carry out their work to the best of their ability, increasing quality of work and providing the best care possible.

Who pays for HCBS services?

The State of Arizona through the Department of Economic Security (DES) and through federal funds, depending on the individuals qualifying status.

How do I apply for HCBS services?

Contact the HCBS department  at UCP: 602-313-8999 then go to


The individual needs to be an Arizona Resident, voluntarily applies, is at risk if 6 years old or younger or has been diagnosed prior to age 18 for Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy, Cognitive/Intellectual Disability, or Autism, and has substantial functional limitations in 3 of  7 major life areas.

Can I choose a family member to provide my HCBS services?

Yes, as long as they are 18 years or older and qualify. If you do not have a family member you can choose from UCP caregivers that you have interviewed.