What Programs Are Available To Assist People With Disabilities in Alaska?

Is there a Medicaid waiver program in Alaska? Alaska’s four Medicaid waivers support the independence of Alaskans who experience physical or developmental disabilities by providing services in their homes and in the community rather than in an institution such as a nursing home.

  • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Alaskans Living Independently
  • Adults with Physical and Developmental Disabilities
  • Children with Complex Medical Conditions

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What state department handles the Alaska waiver program? Department of Health and Social Services handles the Medicaid waiver programs in Alaska.

What programs assist people who have developmental disabilities in Alaska? The Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Waiver Unit, formerly known as the Developmental Disabilities Program, is responsible for the oversight of service providers and support systems of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities receiving funding through the Intellectual and Development Disabilities waiver in Alaska.

What is the best number to call to get started? To get Medicaid Waiver Services in Alaska, contact an Aging and Disability Resource Center: 1(877)625-2372 (6AK-ADRC), 5.

Is there a website?

Who Qualifies For Assistance?

What is considered a developmental disability in Alaska? 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; and is likely to continue indefinitely.

Are there income limits to receive Medicaid waiver services in Alaska? Yes, but it's based on the income of the person and not the family. You can have income up to 300 percent higher than the Supplemental Security Income standard for the Medicaid Waiver.

How old do you have to be to start receiving Medicaid Waiver services in Alaska? There is no minimum age limit for the IDD or CCMC Medicaid Waivers in Alaska.

Is There a Waiting List For Services?

How long is the waiting list for Medicaid Waiver Services in Alaska? There is not a waiting list for the Children with Complex Medicaid Conditions waiver, but there is a waiting list for the IDD waiver. Alaska selects people to get on the waiver based on need.

How many people are on the waiting list in Alaska? Alaska draws about 50 people to be placed on their IDD Medicaid Waivers every 3 months.

How many people are currently receiving services in Alaska? There are over 1,900 people currently receiving services on the IDD waiver. There are about 250 on the Children with Complex Medical Conditions waiver.

What assistance is available while you wait? There are grants that people can apply for.

Is there priority preference for people who are in crisis? In Alaska people may be placed on the Medicaid Waiver faster if they show more need.

What Services Are Offered & What Are The Service Limitations?

What services does the Medicaid waiver program offer in Alaska? Medicaid Waiver services available in Alaska include: care coordination; in-home supports, family habilitation, shared care, group home, supported living, residential supported living, day habilitation, adult day services, respite, supported employment, transportation, environmental modifications, chore services, meals, specialized medical equipment and supplies, nursing oversight, intensive active treatment, and specialized private duty nursing services.

What services are available to people living in the family home in Alaska? People in family homes may be eligible for Respite, companion, and in home supports as well as Medicaid state plan services, such as Personal Care Assistance.

Does Alaska offer community group homes? Yes, Alaska does offer community group homes for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Does Alaska offer supported living? Yes, Alaska does offer supported living services. Alaska also makes an effort to assist you with supports and services in the Alaskan city or village you would like to live in.

Are there still state owned institutions in Alaska? Alaska does not have anyone living in state institutions.

How Do You Select A Provider?

Do Medicaid Waiver providers work for the state in Alaska? Services are delivered through local nonprofit and other agencies in different communities across the state.

About how many Medicaid Waiver providers are there in the state of Alaska? There are about 635 Medicaid waiver providers in Alaska.

Do you have a choice in providers in Alaska? Yes, you can choose your own providers in Alaska. It is possible, in some cases, to utilize natural helpers by providing them training, income, and other professional supports. The only restriction is that the helper not live in the natural family home with the person needing help.

How Do You Become A Provider?

How do you become a provider in Alaska? All providers must have a current State of Alaska Business License

Additional Information


AK Providers

Alaska Providers


Hope Community Resources, Inc. 1.800.478.0078
Serving Alaska
(Hope) provides services and supports to people who experience disabilities.

Nome Community Center 1-907-347-3257
Serving Alaska
Lunch and Home Delivery; Day Services; Senior Support


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Alaska Waivers:
  • MR/DD : This waiver allows persons with MR/DD who meet the ICF/MR level of care to remain living at home and in the community.
  • Older Alaskans: This waiver allows persons aged 65+ who meet the nursing facility level of care to remain living at home and in the community.
  • Adult Disabled: This waiver allows disabled persons aged 21-64 who meet the nursing facility level of care (for more than 30 days a years) to remain living at home and in the community.
  • Children with complex medical conditions: This waiver allows for disabled children aged 21 and younger who meet the nursing facility level of care to remain living at home and in the community.