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Welcome to Senior and Disabilities Services

Our mission is to promote health, well being and safety for individuals with disabilities, seniors and vulnerable adults by facilitating access to quality services and supports that foster independence, personal choice and dignity.

By federal requirement, an advisory group providing input and guidance to the state and public regarding Medicaid 1915(i) option and 1915(k) Community First Choice option for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) benefits has been established.
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  • 3/9/17 Assisted Living Home Owner, Three Managers and Corporation Indicted for Defrauding the Alaska Medicaid Program

  • 3/3/17 FAQs about SDS Medicaid Reform: Community Developmental Disabilities Grant and 1915(c) “limited supports” waiver - 3/2/2017

  • 2/17 Alaska’s Federal Fiscal Year 2017 Grant Application Under Part C posted. This grant application for the Infant Learning Program (ILP) is open public participation.
    If you would like to comment on any aspect of this application please send: Emails to:
    Written letters to: 550 West 8th Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska 99501 Attn: Shilan Wooten or Theresa Rosso
    or call: (907) 269-8442 or (907) 375-8298.
    We will take comments from February 17th to April 15th, 2017.

  • 1/18-19  Care Coordination Conference held Jan. 18-19
    More than 300 professionals registered for the Care Coordination Conference hosted by the Alaska Department of Health & Social Services, Division of Senior & Disabilities Services on Jan. 18-19, 2017.

    Presentations covered working with individuals with traumatic brain injury; the ins and outs of working with guardians; what independent living centers do in Alaska; working from complex to coordinated care and having a unified vision; Disabilities 101; finding supports for people with complex needs, and person-centered thinking.

    We had great presentations from Ric Nelson with the Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education (GCDSE) - "The Right Fit"; "A Path to Employment" by Kristin Vandagriff from GCDSE, and the new federal rules on Home and Community Based Settings by Deb Etheridge from Senior & Disabilities Services.

    A special shout out goes to Public Assistance's Deb Robinette for providing updates to include key SDS staff who spoke to other important topics. 
    Photo right, Director Duane Mayes presents flowers to  Kara Thrasher Livingston and Cina Fisher (not pictured) of the SDS Training unit for their work to make this conference a success. They are both outstanding professionals! Thanks to everyone who presented and who attended. We appreciate the your hard work, energy and commitment.

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Alaska Core Competencies for direct care workers and human services

Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injury program link.