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General Relief Assisted Living Home (GRALH) Program

General Relief Assistance (GRA) provides for the most basic needs of many Alaskans without the personal resources to meet an emergent need and ineligible for assistance from other programs. GRA is designed to meet the immediate, basic needs of Alaskans facing extreme financial crisis and is a temporary funding source for assisted living home placement.

Waitlist Information

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services will implement a waitlist for General Relief Assisted Living Home (GRALH) benefits on March 1, 2019. The waitlist will be in effect indefinitely and will not affect those currently receiving GRALH benefits. As openings become available, applicants on the wait list will be selected in priority order based on the guidelines in Alaska Administrative Code 7 AAC 47.465.

Requests for assistance from this program are currently outpacing available funding. At this time more than 200 applications are waiting to be processed. An increase in the number of applicants, as well as recipient participation in the program for longer periods of time have contributed to this shortfall.

The Division also is actively reviewing individuals using the program to determine if they can be better served under home- and community-based waivers or other programs, in the expectation this will reduce demand for the GRALH program.

For questions about the GRALH wait list contact Caroline Hogan, Chief of Programs, at

General Relief Program Information

Provider Information

Applicant Forms

Monthly GR Program Webinars

To transfer or email any form of communication using a consumer’s name and personal information, you must use Direct Secure Messaging (DSM). To sign up for DSM, please visit this website:

Once a provider is registered with DSM, we are able to utilize email to exchange protected health information(PHI). It is not HIPAA compliant to use your personal email server for the exchange of PHI using the email listed below.

*NOTE: You must be registered with DSM to use this email.


General Relief Staff Contacts:

John Sutton
General Relief Program Supervisor
Phone: 907.334.0888
Fax: 907.269.3648

Lisa LaBadie
Senior Services Technician

Shanon Stallard
Senior Services Technician