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Developmental Disabilities (DD) Committee




  • The Medicaid: Used Durable Medical Equipment Bill (HB 161) passed allowing for the reuse and recycling of Medicaid-purchased medical equipment and prosthetics.
  • Successfully advocated for the inclusion of $450,000 for the Complex Behavior Collaborative in the SFY15 budget.
  • The Respectful Language Bill (HB 88) was passed, eliminating the “R” word.
  • Created an FASD workgroup
  • Formed a Medicaid ad hoc committee
  • Analyzed and provide comment on various regulation packages
  • Participating in a Living Wage Initiative that seeks better compensation for Direct Service Providers
  • Ongoing partnerships with AADD and Key Coalition
  • Provided travel stipends to self-advocates and families for Key Campaign in Juneau
  • Participating with the Trust and Stone Soup Group to administer mini-grants for people with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities who need additional services and supports to increase their quality of life
  • Needs assessment on housing barriers for people with developmental disabilities
  • Participation in a Developmental Disabilities Registration and Review (DD waitlist) workgroup and research to improve waiver waitlist practices
  • Worked with Public Health, Section on Women, Children & Family Health to secure a health promotion grant from the Center for Disease Control.
  • Successfully advocated for $325,000 for the Complex Behaviors Hub.
  • Successfully advocated for a $135,000 increment for services for the deaf.
  • The legislature passed SB219, which established a traumatic brain injury program within the Department of Health & Social Services.
  • A comparison of a 2002 and a 2010 survey commissioned by the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority shows a fundamental shift in people’s perception of Alaskans with developmental disabilities in terms of comfort level (79.4% to 82.1%); ability to hold down a job (31.8% to 53%) and whether services can improve their quality of life (58.9% to 73.4%).
  • Together with many stakeholders, the Council successfully advocated for the passage of HB26 which permanently re-authorized the Medicaid preventative and restorative dental program for adults.
  • The Council received funding from The Trust to hold a residential services summit May 28-29; approximately 125 participants learned about new technologies and approaches to providing residential services and identified implementation priorities.
  • Successfully advocated with the legislature for a $250,000 increment ($125,000 state funds and $125,000 Trust) for autism workforce development capacity building.

  • The legislature provided funding to increase Medicaid home and community-based waiver rates by 4%.

  • The legislature allocated $1,100,000 for coordinated transportation ($800,000 general fund and $300,000 Trust); this is the first time that any state general funds have been available for coordinated transportation.