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Shawnda O'Brien, Director of Public Assistance
Shawnda O'Brien


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Division of Public Assistance

Public assistance promotes self-sufficiency and provides basic living expenses to Alaskans in need. Read more…

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2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

DHSS is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus. Learn more about 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Accessing our services

Our division is working diligently to provide the highest level of service possible during this difficult time. We continue to offer supports and flexibility in our service delivery through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. While our offices are not currently offering full service in-person, our lobbies are open to pick up and drop off information and applications. We continue to improve services through our website, and by mail, phone, fax, and email.

News & Updates

Additional funding available for child care providers through Alaska’s CARES funding
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Child Care Program Office (CCPO) has received an additional $10.5 million to be distributed to Alaska’s child care providers to offset revenue lost during April and May for the care of children who are not eligible for child care assistance. Read more...

Social distancing options when paying for groceries with SNAP benefits during COVID-19
Although Alaska vendors are not currently able to accept SNAP EBT as a method of online payment, there are several options that would allow for a retailer to continue to get food to its SNAP clients in light of the social distancing recommendations related to COVID-19.

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