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11/21 Adult Protective Services awarded $1 million grant to test case management model.
11/1 HCBS Strategies report: Proposed Plan for Implementing Community First Choice in Alaska.
9/12 Gov. Parnell has declared proclamation for Senior Fall Prevention Week.
9/1 Gov. Parnell has declared September Vulnerable Adult Awareness Month.
8/27 Vulnerable among us need your helpAdult Protective Services manager Brenda Mahlatini asks Alaskans to watch out for their vulnerable neighbors with a Compass piece in the Anchorage Daily News.
8/27 YouSendIt Encryption Email Service is no longer in use by SDS. Go here for more information regarding the new Direct Secure Messaging (DSM) service.
3/26 Governor Sean Parnell Welcomes Passage of Senate Bill 86 Protecting Vulnerable Adults.
3/8 State Settles Baker LawsuitThe Baker v. DHSS lawsuit (3AN-06-10871 CI) dealing with PCA recipient terminations and service reductions was settled on February 27, 2012. Here is the signed order and decision. The decision includes PCA reduction and termination notices in the exhibits. The effective date of the order is for assessments that were conducted on or after January 1, 2012. Assessments conducted before January 1, 2012 that would result in a reduction in PCA services will result in continued benefits as usual until the client’s next assessment.
1/26 Complex Behavior Collaborative starting upThe Division of Behavioral Health is starting a pilot project to improve services to clients with complex and challenging behaviors and complicating medical issues. For more information, visit http://www.hss.state.ak.us/dbh/tr/complexbehavior.htm
Congratulations to Patrick Reinhart of the Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education! He won the national Earl Walden Award for Outstanding Achievement in Rural Advocacy. The Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living credited him with advancing rural independent living, in Alaska and nationwide. http://hss.state.ak.us/press/2011/GCDSEaward_pr_11152011.pdf
CMS Review: The week of June 6, 2011, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) completed a focused on-site review to assess Alaska's progress in implementation of the Medicaid waiver Corrective Action Plan (CAP). CMS concluded that Alaska has met all the requirements related to the development and implementation of the CAP.
Please follow this link to read the official CMS communication.Follow this link for more information regarding the CMS Review.
Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority DD Mini-Grant Information: (Aug. 11, 2011)
The Alaska Mental Health Authority Mini-Grants for individuals with developmental disabilities and children receiving Infant Learning Program Services are now available through the Stone Soup Group.
For more information contact your local Short Term Assistance and Referral (STAR) Program or the Stone Soup Group.
Nursing Oversight and Care Management Prior Authorization Update (Aug. 10, 2011)
2012 Council Vice President: Ric Nelson assists with "you know me.." campaign.
FAQs on Regulatory Changes Effecting Waiver Service Providers- March 2011
Provider Rates History
Senior & Disability Services submits Quality Assurance
Report to Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Click for information
Courts Decision in McGrew vs. DHSS, DSDS (315kb)
The U.S Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Disability launches a Federal-State interactive website, www.hhs.gov/od (click for link)
DHSS is helping providers prepare for Payment Error Rate Measurement (PERM), the upcoming federal review of national Medicaid billing systems and provider recordkeeping
Senior Benefits Program Information
ACOA develops new State Plan for Senior Services
Alaska Long Term Care and Cost Study (4,465kb)