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UCPSA PROGRAMS
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Every day, UCPSA helps children and adults with all types of disabilities by providing the very best home-based support services in Tucson and Yuma. Services offered include personal care, hygiene, light housekeeping, cooking, and other household chores related to the care of consumers.

UCPSA also offers respite to parents and guardians of individuals with disabilities in order to give them time off from their regular caregiving responsibilities. Behavioral services, behavioral training, and various habilitation services, such as independent living, are also offered.

Through UCPSA’s WorkAbility program, individuals with disabilities are prepared for competitive, integrated, and sustainable work opportunities in Tucson.

ASCEND (Autism Services Cultivating the Exceptional and Nurturing their Development) is a specialty program of UCP of Southern Arizona that offers Early Childhood Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services to children under the age of 6 who have been diagnosed with autism or are at high risk of being diagnosed with autism.

In an effort to fulfill our commitment to reaching out to as many families as possible, UCPSA receives funding support from the following sources:

Home & Community Based Services

• Attendant Care

Attendant Care is designed to give individuals in need the independence, privacy, and dignity they deserve. The goal of the attendant caregiver is to provide individualized at-home care safely within the limits of their abilities and/or disabilities. Attendant Care provides exceptional, personable, energetic, friendly, compassionate, dependable, and kind attentiveness. The loving services provided may include any or all of the following: 

  • Bathing, dressing, and grooming
  • Mobility
  • Meal prep
  • Light housekeeping

• Respite Care

Respite care is a special name for a short-term break for caregivers. Caring for an individual who is disabled can be an around-the-clock job. Taking a break from time to time is crucial in order to properly take care of those in need. Respite care can take place in your home, allowing family members time outside the home for recreational activities. The emphasis of respite care is recreation, allowing a time of rest and relaxation. Respite care can be provided by the hour day or even for weeks.

• Habilitation

Habilitation refers to the process aimed at helping individuals attain, keep, or improve skills and functioning for daily living. An example of this is that a child with cerebral palsy may require the assistance of a physical therapist to learn how to sit. Or another child may need speech therapy to learn to say their R sounds. Because both of these are skills that the children have yet to accomplish, the aim of the therapy is habilitation. A list of goals for the individual is determined by themselves, a family member, the person's Support Coordinator, and a UCPSA Program Manager. Some examples of these types of goals are learning to brush one's teeth, showering, cleaning one's room, sorting laundry, or preparing a meal. 

Another type of Habilitation is known as Individualized Designed Living Arrangements, or IDLA's. This service is provided to adults who live independently. The purpose of this service is to assist and teach individuals the skills to live successfully in their own homes. For example, our Direct Care Workers could teach them how to plan healthy meals, make grocery lists, cook, do laundry, manage money or use public transportation.

• Housekeeping

Housekeeping is provided to individuals or family members who are unable to complete light housekeeping/chores on their own.

Invidualized Designed Living Arragements

Individually Designed Living Arrangements (IDLAs) provide opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities, regardless of degree of disability, to live in homes that they own or lease with support available as often and for as long as it is needed. These individuals live alone or with a roommate and need extra support to maintain an independent life. UCPSA usually provides Habilitation services and/or Attendant Care supports for individuals living in IDLAs.

WorkAbility

UCP of Southern Arizona’s employment services program, WorkAbility, is an individualized and supportive employment program dedicated to teaching and preparing people with disabilities for competitive, integrated, and sustainable work opportunities in southern Arizona. This includes on the job supports and training, pre-employment skills, and consulting and education for employers. In addition, we provide various work-based curriculums geared towards transition-age youth. The end goal is matching the person to an employer with real jobs paying real wages.

WorkAbility Services

Eligibility and Areas of Service

Transition to Employment (TTE) program, Individualized Supportive Employment (ISE), and Employment Services Aide (ESA) services, you must:  

  • Receive and or qualify for services from the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)
  • Be 16 years and older
  • Have either one or more of the following disabilities to qualify (Epilepsy, Autism, Intellectual Developmental Disability (IDD), Downs Syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy).
  • Have the desire to work
  • Have transportation to and from the program and a job
  • Are safe to yourself and others
  • Live in Pima, Santa Cruz, or Yuma Counties

Pre Employment Transition Services (Pre-Et’s), you must:

  • Be between 14 and 22 yrs of age
  • Be enrolled in High school (public, private, or charter)
  • Have a 504 plan or an Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
  • Have the desire to become employed
  • Live in Pima, Santa Cruz, or Yuma Counties

Vocational Rehabilitation services, Job Retention and Development (JDR), and Rehabilitation Instructional Services (RIS), you must:

  • Receive and or qualify for services from Rehabilitation Services of Arizona (RSA)
  • Have a diagnosed disability
  • Exhibit barriers to employment
  • Have the desire to work
  • Have transportation to and from a job
  • Live in Pima, Santa Cruz, or Yuma Counties

Supported Education (SEDU), you must:

  • Receive and or qualify for services from Rehabilitation Services of Arizona (RSA)
  • Have a diagnosed disability
  • Exhibit barriers to employment
  • Have the desire to complete a post-secondary program (College, Certificate program, or trade school)
  • Desire to work
  • Have transportation to and from school
  • Live in Pima or Santa Counties

If you are interested in receiving employment services or want to learn more, please email workability@ucpsa.org.

ASCEND

UCP of Southern Arizona’s ASCEND program offers home-based ABA services for children and adolescents with developmental disabilities. ASCEND conducts a thorough assessment and develops a customized teaching plan for the unique needs of each child with a focus on building functional skills and decreasing challenging behaviors. ASCEND evaluates our  service regularly and adjusts accordingly to ensure every child is successful.

• Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the science of behavior and learning. ABA uses assessment,  systematic intervention, evidence-based teaching and data analysis to accelerate learning. Target skills are broken down into small achievable steps and reinforcement contingencies are adjusted to maximize motivation and growth. ABA therapy can improve communication, social skills, executive functioning, emotional regulation, and daily living skills.

• Family-Centered Approach

We see parents as the experts of their children. Our families play an active role in identifying and implementing goals. We provide family training to fit your needs.

• Service Coverage 

ABA services may be covered by your health insurance. Eligible members may be approved for up to 40 hours per week of direct ABA therapy depending upon their needs and medical necessity. ASCEND accepts a variety of commercial and public health plans. ASCEND will work with your insurance company to verify benefits and establish authorization for ABA services. Contact ASCEND today to begin the referral process. 

For more information please contact:

Cedez Douglas, RBT

ASCEND Program Coordinator

(520) 344-8225

cdouglas@ucpsa.org

Danielle Thorp, RBT, BA

ASCEND Program Coordinator

(520) 344-8260

dthorp@ucpsa.org

Contact Us!

Get in touch and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. We look forward to hearing from you!

Locations

Tucson

Located just north of the Craycroft and 5th Street intersection, on the northwest corner.

UCP of Southern Arizona
630 N. Craycroft Road
Tucson, AZ 85711-1450

Phone: 520.795.3108
Toll Free: 888.433.3629
On Call: 520.548.4969
Workability: 520.344.8250
FAX: 520.795.3196
E-mail:  staff@ucpsa.org
Workability E-mail:  workability@ucpsa.org

Green Valley

We have a regional office serving the cities south of Tucson (Sahuarita to Nogales).

UCP of Southern Arizona
1131 S. La Cañada Drive, Suite 105
Green Valley, AZ 85614

Office: 520.347.6950
On Call: 
520.955.1706
FAX: 520.347.6917
E-mail:  staff@ucpsa.org

Yuma

We also provide services in Yuma!

UCP of Southern Arizona
333 W. 8th Street
Yuma, AZ 85364

Office: 928.259.7700
On Call: 
928.750.5554
FAX: 928.259.7697
E-mail:  staff@ucpsa.org

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