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Employment Personal Assistance Program (EPAS)

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The EPAS Program is designed to provide personal assistance for individuals with physical and/or mental disabilities working in integrated community employment. This assistance is for personal tasks directly related to maintaining employment. Here are a few examples of the types of assistance that may be provided through the EPAS Program:

  • Eating
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Hygiene
  • Transferring
  • Mobility
  • Meal Prep
  • Shopping
  • Money Management
  • Medication Management
  • Symptom Management
  • Transportation (to and from the job)

The EPAS Program allows an eligible individual to have a choice of providers. A person may choose: 1) an Agency option or 2) a Self-Directed option. In the Agency option the personal assistant is provided by a licensed Home Health or Personal Care Agency. In the Self-Directed option a person may hire a qualified personal assistant directly, using a Fiscal Agent for the payroll.

Agency Option—The State maintains a list of licensed provider agencies so that you may choose one that suits your needs. health.utah.gov/hflcra/

Self-Directed Option—EPAS recipients may choose to hire a neighbor, family member, who is NOT a legally responsible person, or any other person who meets the Provider Qualifications. Here is a link to Acumen, the Program’s approved fiscal agent. www.acumenfiscalagent.com

To qualify for EPAS an individual must meet the following requirements:

  1. You must have a job, or an offer of employment
  2. You must be working at least 40 hours a month, or 10 hours a week.
  3. You must have a disability, as defined by the Social Security Administration or by the Utah Medicaid Office. (EPAS is for individuals with physical or mental disability, or both.)
  4. You must have, or be eligible for, a current Medicaid Card
  5. You must need assistance with Activities of Daily Living or Instrumental Activities of Daily Living in order to work (See types of assistance listed above).
Definition of ADL and IADL:

ADLs include; Eating, dressing, bathing, transferring, mobility, toileting, and hygiene.

IADLs include; meal preparation, laundry, housecleaning, shopping, money management, medication management, and transportation (for work).

To apply for the EPAS program you may download the EPAS application below and either mail or fax it to:

EPAS Coordinator
1595 West 500 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84104
Phone: (801) 887-9387
Toll free: (877) 246-9675

For more information and/or to obtain an application, go to:
www.workabilityutah.org/healthcare/webpage/epas.htm