Office of Ombuds

Our vision is to offer independent, impartial, confidential, and credible services for our customers.

What is an ombudsman?

An ombudsman (sometimes called an “ombuds”) is a person who investigates complaints about and helps resolve concerns or problems with businesses, public officials, or organizations. They are not a caseworker, but a neutral or impartial person in investigations of these concerns. Ombuds help protect the rights of people supported by programs or services at the Utah Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Child protection ombuds

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Long term care ombudsman

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Disabilities ombuds

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Constituent services

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Our committment to civil rights

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Language access

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Individuals who recieved assistance in 2023

What does an ombudsman do?

  • Listen to your concerns.
  • Answer questions about the child welfare system, long-term care facilities, and disability services and programs.
  • Investigate concerns. 
  • Make sure organizations follow policies, state rules, and laws. 
  • Help resolve conflicts and fix problems. 
  • Provide education and resources for those in need.
  • Advocate for changes in policies, processes, and systems to better serve Utahns.