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Palmer DePaulis, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Human Services

Palmer DePaulis

As the executive director of the Utah Department of Human Services, Palmer DePaulis is responsible for the administration and supervision of more than 4,000 employees dedicated to providing support and services to Utah's most vulnerable children, families and adults.

Utah Department of Human Services is comprised of several agencies, including the Division of Child and Family Services, Division of Juvenile Justice Services, Division of Services for People with Disabilities, Utah State Developmental Center, Utah State Hospital, Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Office of Licensing, Office of Recovery Services and Office of Public Guardian.

Thousands of Utahns have benefited from the many services that the Utah Department of Humans Services administers. In 2012, more than 8,000 homebound seniors received a meal delivered to their home. Home-based services have enabled nearly 17,000 children and families to stay together. Mental health and substance abuse treatment were provided to nearly 63,000 Utahns. Just over 5,000 people with disabilities are better able to lead self-determined lives. In FY12, $200 million in child support was collected and $3.6 million was returned to the State General Fund. Utah State Hospital continues to achieve national standards in the delivery of mental health care services resulting in accreditation from The Joint Commission (TJC, formerly referred to as JCAHO). In January of 2013, Sending Messages, a Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services program, was awarded the American Probation and Parole Association's (APPA) National Award - Community Awareness through Media.

Prior to coming to the Utah Department of Human Services, DePaulis was the executive director of the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts (formerly Community and Culture), a commissioner at Utah State Tax Commission, and chief of staff to former Attorney General Jan Graham. From 1985-1992, DePaulis was the mayor of Salt Lake City and, prior to that, was the Salt Lake City Public Works Director. Through public and community service DePaulis is an integral part of his community, and has been for more than thirty years as he regularly advocates for the rights, protections and safety of the citizens of Utah.

DePaulis received his Bachelor's Degree from Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, Michigan in 1967. In 1971, he received his Master's Degree from Wayne State University, also in Detroit. He is married, has two children, four grandchildren and loves to spend time at his family cabin. He also enjoys Broadway shows, outdoor concerts, mystery and detective novels, and working on his '65 Mustang. Although a Michigan native, DePaulis and his wife have called Utah home for the past thirty years and plan to call it home for many years to come.