Developmental Disabilities Program
According to state law (AS.
47.80.900 (7), the term developmental disability(DD) means a
severe, chronic disability that:
Is attributable to a mental or physical
impairment or combination of mental and physical impairments; is manifested before the individual
attains age 22; is likely to continue indefinitely;
- results in substantial functional
limitations in three or more of the following areas of major
- self care
- receptive and expressive language;
- self direction; capacity for independent living;
- economic self-sufficiency;
- and reflects the person's need
for a combination and sequence of special, interdisciplinary,
or generic assistance, supports or other services
that are of lifelong or extended duration and are
individually planned and coordinated.
Examples of types of developmental
disabilities are mental retardation, cerebral palsy, autism,
and seizure disorder. Mental illness and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
may also be developmental disabilities. However, the disability
must result in substantial functional limitations and meet
the other criteria in the definition in order to qualify as
do I apply for DD Services?
Contact the regional office
closest to your community and request an Eligibility Determination
and Request for Services Application Packet.
P. O. Box 110680
Tel: (907) 465-3135
Fax: (907) 465-1170
Toll Free: 1-800-465-3165
751 Old Richardson Highway, Suite 100-A
Tel: (907) 451-5045
Fax: (907) 451-5046
Toll Free: 1-800-770-1672
(including the Anchorage area)
550 W. 8th Ave.,
Tel: (907) 269-3666
Fax: (907) 269-3689
Toll Free: 1-800-478-9996
How are Services delivered?
Services are delivered through local nonprofit and other agencies in different communities across the state. A list of these agencies is available on this website.
with Complex Medical Conditions (CCMC Waiver)
Not restricted to a specific
disability type or diagnosis. The child must have a severe
and chronic physical condition that results in a prolonged
dependency on medical care or technology to maintain well
The severe and chronic
physical condition must be expected to continue for more than
The child must experience
periods of illness to the point that it may be life threatening
if not treated promptly.
The child must have the
need for very close, extraordinary supervision to monitor
his or her health condition.
The child must frequently
need specialized treatments to maintain the stability of his
or her health, or must be dependent on mechanical support
devices to maintain his or her health status.
Without the services
provided by this waiver, the child would require a level of
care that is found in a nursing facility or hospital.
Must meet the disability
severity qualifications for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
The Mental Retardation/Developmental
Disability Waiver is restricted to children and adults with
mental retardation, autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, or a
related condition like that of mental retardation.
The disability must cause
substantial functional limitations in three or more major
- understanding and
use of language
- capacity for independent
- economic self-sufficiency
Must need care that would
allow admission to an Intermediate Care Facility for the Mentally
Retard (ICF/MR). Alaska has closed all of its ICF/MR facilities,
but this level of care criteria still must be met.
Must qualify for Supplemental
Security Income (SSI).