Southcentral Service Providers

Access Alaska

Access Alaska is a private, non-profit, consumer-controlled organization that provides independent living services to people who experience a disability. As an Independent Living Center, our mission is to encourage and promote the total integration of people who experience a disability to live independently in the community of their choice. Through our assistance and support individuals with disabilities can identify and obtain needed services in an effort to maintain their independence as opposed to living in an institution.

Alaska Pediatric Speech-Language Services

4325 Laurel, Suite 100 (99508)
Cara Leckwold.......................................... 561-8775
Nancy Lovering........................................ 562-8262
Sandra McKinnis & Molly Thompson...... 562-3994
Eagle River Office....................................... 562-8262
akspeech@peoplepc.com

Alaska Pediatric Therapy

Welcome to Alaska Pediatric Therapy, we specialize in phsyical, occupational and speech therapy for children, ages 0 -21. We enjoy working with children of all abilities and needs. Our mission is to help children maximize their potential through effective programs that increase independence, develop and enhance functional skills, and accelerate progress. We provide services at our clinic, in the home (as needed), and at a community based pool for aquatic therapy. Following an initial evaluation we can recommend what services may fit your child's needs best.

Please contact AKPPT @ 907-727-5624 if you feel your child would benefit from our services or if you were referred by your physician or health care provider. We accept, Medicaid, Denali Kid Care, TEFRA, Blue Cross Blue Shield, ODS Companies, TriWest/TriCare, Aetna, United Health Care, HealthComp, Alaska Care and Many others; we are happy to contact your billing company to determine benefits. Billing services are provided as a courtesy to our clients through Spectrum Medical Billing Services. Please have a referral for services from your child’s primary care doctor prior to your initial evaluation. We are happy to assist you with obtaining this if you have questions.

Alaska Speech and Language Depot

Our mission is to provide clients intensive speech and language treatment, during formative years, to provide a solid foundation for learning.
Cheryl Campbell
1731 S. Bragaw St Anchorage (99508)........................ 522-0078
Fax…………………………………………………………………..279-0331

Alaska Speech, Hearing, & Occupational Therapy Clinic

Alaska Speech and Hearing Clinic, LLC provides evaluation and treatment of children birth through adolescence.
Evaluations
Our clinic provides comprehensive evaluations of speech, language and central auditory processing skills in addition to feeding evaluations, voice generating device evaluations.
Evaluations are approximately 1-2 hours in length and generally require two visits. First visit will be for testing and second visit will be to review the results. To schedule an evaluation, please contact the office at mary@aktherapedics.com or (907) 562-4550 or fax (907) 562-4554.
Treatment
We provide treatment in individual sessions for the following areas: speech therapy, language therapy, feeding therapy, and aural habilitation. We also offer group sessions in the following areas: preschool language, social language, literacy and voice generating device use. Please email the office at to schedule an evaluation and ongoing treatment.

All For Kids Pediatric Therapy Clinic

All For Kids is a pediatric therapy clinic located in Anchorage, Alaska. We offer Speech, Occupational, and Physical Therapy services for children. Our therapists are dedicated to providing children, families, and physicians with the highest quality services available.

Anchorage Community Mental Health Services

Anchorage Community Mental Health Services, Inc. (ACMHS) has been the largest community mental health provider in the state of Alaska since 1974. Our mission is to promote recovery and wellness by providing consumer-driven behavioral health care services to the people of Anchorage and surrounding area. Consumer driven means our consumers are choosing their own healthcare and the path to the road to recovery.
We serve children who are severely emotionally disturbed, adults with severe mental illness and individuals with who have Alzheimer's disease or Related Dementia. Every day there are stories of children and adults getting better and overcoming the impact of mental illness on their lives. Regrettably there is no cure for Alzheimer's disease, so Day Break Adult Day Services (our day care center for senior with Alzheimer's or dementia) strives for members to remain at home and have the highest quality of life possible. But for everyone else recovery is possible.
In addition to providing direct care supports for individuals of any age, ACMHS staff and volunteers join with the individuals who choose our programs to advocate for fair and equitable treatment. The stigma about mental illness and addiction is real and the road to recovery is more challenging due to general misperceptions and prejudices. ACMHS Board of Directors, staff, volunteers and consumers are committed to ending the stigma and celebrating the contributions of all Anchorage area residents.

Little Tykes Therapeutic Services provides comprehensive wrap around services for children ages 2-5 and their families. Services are provided in a structured, safe, secure, nurturing environment led by mental health professionals. In Group Therapy the children learn to express and manage their emotions so that they will have healthier functioning in other areas of life including home, community, and school. Support services such as family therapy and caregiver group therapy by staff help parents to understand their children and to master relationship and communication skills to help their child develop into happy, healthy children.

Family Services - At ACMHS we provide a wide range of therapeutic services to severely emotionally disturbed (SED) children, adolescents, and their families. The scope of services provide a comprehensive array of community based mental health services designed to enable children and adolescents to live successively in their community.
Services include:
Assessment and treatment planning/coordination
Case Management
Crisis intervention
Home and Community based services
Individual, group and family therapy
Outpatient mental health services
Psycho educational services
Skill development
Trauma informed and focused care

Chugach Counseling is an adult out-patient clinically based program for those coping with severe mental illness and co-occurring disorders. A screening assessment and intake appointment are required before placement into our program. The focus is to develop strategies to manage mental illness symptoms and co-occurring disorders and expand your quality of life. This is accomplished through professional and caring therapy that promotes an appropriate relationship in which to explore issues that may be causing you difficulty in life. Specifically individual and group therapy is offered along with psychological testing. Chugach Counseling also works in concert with Community Connections, and the Medical and Nursing Teams at ACMHS for continuity of your care.

Community Connections - This team specializes in providing case management and skills development to adults who experience severe mental illness or co-existing disabilities such as mental illness and substance abuse disorders, developmental or psychical disabilities. Community Connections operates on a strengths-based approach focusing on insuring basic needs are met, skill building and linking consumers to services and community supports that enhance recovery from mental illness.

Anchorage School District

Welcome to the Anchorage School District where our mission is to educate all students for success in life.
As one of the 100 largest school districts in the country, the Anchorage School District is diverse in its staff, students and program offerings. Approximately 50,000 students attend ASD schools. They are taught by a well-qualified staff that set high expectations and achieve great results. Located in southcentral Alaska, we have schools in Anchorage, Eagle River, Chugiak and Girdwood.

Anchorage Speech-Language Cognitive Clinic

(Ages 12 and up) Anne Ver Hoef
5820 Yukon Rd. (99507)……………………………...345-4422
Fax…………………………………………………………………..345-4422           

Annette Leier, OT

4325 Laurel St., Suite 102 (99508).............248-7418
Fax.............................................................. 245-7418
aleierot@gci.net

ASSETS, Inc.

Our Mission is to consistently improve the employment opportunities, home environments, and community connections of individuals with developmental disabilities and/or mental illnesses who need substantial supports, so that their independence and self-worth are enhanced and the community in which they live and work realizes the benefits of their citizenship.

Behavior Matters

Behavior Matters is the only local agency in the Anchorage/ Mat-Su area. We currently have 2 BCBA's and 1 BCaBA. We also have 3 BCBA interns and 3 BCaBA interns. All of the tutors contracted with Behavior Matters, LLC have experience and/or extensive education and training in the science of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Each member of the Behavior Matters Team has been handpicked for their expertise, compassion and eagerness to serve families of children with autism.

Birch Tree Therapy

Sarah Renfro
591 N. Knik St., Suite F Wasilla………………………………..317-5209
Fax………………………………………………………….……….357-2529

Challenge Alaska

Challenge Alaska strives to improve the lives of people with disabilities and the whole community through adaptive sports, therapeutic recreation and education. Participation in our programs helps people break down the barriers that exist for them in many aspects of life, by building confidence and security, creating an infrastructure for support, increasing mobility, and improving health; which in turn promotes education, social development and involvement, employment, and the ultimate goal of independence.

Children's Physical Therapy Service

Mary Pomeroy
4325 Laurel St., Suite 102 (99508)…………….566-1690
Fax……………………………………………………..……………770-7939

Coast Guard Family Advocacy Program

Vanessa D. Bryant, Family Advocacy Specialist
N27 Storis Drive
Kodiak Air Base, AK 99619
907-487-5525 x274
vanessa.d.bryant@uscg.mil
Collette E. Francisco, Family Advocacy Specialist
N27 Storis Drive
Kodiak Air Base, AK 99619
907-487-5525 x.272
collette.e.francisco@uscg.mil

Denali Family Services

Denali Family Services (DFS) was incorporated in May 1995 as Alternatives Child and Family Guidance Clinic. At that time, the agency operated as an outpatient psychological and psychiatric provider with a child protection visitation program. By 1996, the agency provided wrap-around services for the "severely emotionally disturbed" (SED).
As a behavioral health provider, DFS serves the most acute children with mental illness residing outside of psychiatric residential settings. In 1997, DFS became a child placement agency with the ability to recruit, license, train, and supervise foster homes and place children in those homes. In 2011, there was a name change, Alternatives was dropped and Denali Family Services is the official name of the agency.

Easter Seals of Alaska

Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for more than 80 years. Whether helping someone improve physical mobility, return to work or simply gain greater independence for everyday living, Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals.

Elmendorf Air Force Base Exceptional Family Member Program

Exceptional Family Member Program
5955 Zeamer Avenue
Elmendorf AFB, AK 99506
907-580-5858 or 907-580-5060
SSGT Kassandra Coleman
kassandra.coleman@elmendorf.af.mil

Fort Richardson Exceptional Family Member Program
724 Postal Service Drive, Bldg. 600, Room A138
Fort Richardson, AK 99505
907-384-0224

Frontier Community Services

If you or someone you love is experiencing a disabling condition, Frontier Community Services is here to help. We have been serving people with disabilities in the Central Kenai Peninsula for thirty years and in Valdez for the past ten years. Frontier Community Services is dedicated to helping people stay in their home and to remain active in their community. Originally founded by a group of parents who wanted more for their children with disabilities than sitting at home in front of the TV, Frontier Community Services has developed programs for infants and toddlers, for adults and for seniors. We provide a full array of services throughout a person's life span. We believe that people with disabilities can and should be valued members of their community and we strive to make this a reality for every individual we serve.

FUNctional Therapy

Lynn Sienko, Michelle Burch
6613 Brayton Drive, Suite A........................ 334-9002?
Fax.............................................................. 334-9320

Good Samaritan Counseling Center

At Good Samaritan Counseling Center, we focus on meeting the needs of our clients with a group of providers who offer a comprehensive, individualized approach to mental health services. Whether we're working with an adult on anger management issues or a child through play therapy, we believe each person should experience the world to their full potential.
Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Medical/Psychiatric Services (Accepts Medicaid) 405 Tudor Centre Dr., Ste B-4 (99508) ...... 565-4000

Helping Hands – Pediatric OT Services

Julie Kelly, OTR
1301 E Dowling Road Suite 106.................. 240-9544
Fax..................................................... 346-5437(kids)
hhands@gci.net

Gayle Marban, OTR/L
1301 E. Dowling Rd. Suite 106…………………….227-8935?
otgaylemarban@yahoo.com

Integrated Therapy Services for Children and Their Families

P.O. Box 221566 Anchorage, AK 99522 ………………………………………………441-4161
dkile.its@gmail.com

Karen Adams, PT

6311 Debarr Rd. Suite J (99504)…………………830-3592
Fax…………………………………………………………………..338-4691

Kidability Physical Therapy

Kristin Bacon, PT
P.O. Box 112693, A/A 99511……………………….770-5557
Fax……………………………………………………….………..770-5755

Links Mat-Su Parent Resource Center

We are a non-profit based in the Mat-Su Valley, Alaska that provides support and assistance to families caring for children and youth with special needs. LINKS Mat-Su Parent Resource Center is a private, non-profit, 501C(3) Alaska Corporation.
LINKS serves communities located within the Mat-Su Borough School District, including outreach to remote areas and villages, to provide support and training, parent-to-parent connections to mentors, information and referral, and access to library materials. These services are provided through one-on-one assistance and individualized workshops for small or large groups.

Mat-Su Services for Children and Adults (MSSCA)

Mat-Su Services for Children and Adults, Inc. (MSSCA) is a Valley-based non-profit corporation that provides a wide range of home and community based services for:
Adults with developmental disabilities
Families with children experiencing developmental delays or
disabilities
Parents with questions about child development
and/or child safety

Most services are offered at no cost to families and individuals; however, program participants must meet eligibility requirements for services. Costs vary and may be covered by a variety of funding sources, Medicaid, private insurance, Home & Community Based Waivers, state grants, Mat-Su Borough grants, United Way or sliding scale fees.

500 E. Shennum Dr., Wasilla (99654)
Jean Calhoun……………………….……………352-1236
Fax……………………………………….………………………….352-1249
jcalhoun@mssca.org

Mountain Magic Therapy for Kids

Lisa Miller……………………………………..............746-7300?
7335 E. Palmer-Wasilla Hwy. Palmer (99645)

Movement Therapeutics

Gail French
1413 G Street............................................. 344-6261
Fax………………………………………………………….……….770-7712
gailfrench@gci.net

Nancy Sullivan, OT

4325 Laurel St., Suite 102 (99508)............ 764-6884
Fax.............................................................. 929-9320
nls@alaska.com

Pediatric Speech-Language Services

Serving children and families with communication disorders in Eagle River and Anchorage, Alaska. Specializing in evaluation and treatment of children with apraxia, dysarthria, language learning disabilities and Down syndrome. A Participating Provider with..Premera Blue Cross/Blue Shield and FEP, TRICARE, Medicaid, Denali KidCare, Tefra.
Please call regarding availability 907.562.3994

Pediatric Therapies

De Lewis
3931 Winchester Loop................................ 276-7529
Fax (same as phone no.)…………………………......276-7529
delewis@gci.net

Physical Therapy for Kids

Sharon Skidmore
P.O. Box 243846 (99524)........................... 346-4096
Fax.............................................................. 346-4097
sskidmore@acsalaska.net

Play"N"Say Speech Therapy

June K. Takagi
1301 E. Dowling Rd Suite 106………………………727-8224
Fax……………………………….………………………………….333-2428

Programs for Infants & Children (PIC)

Programs for Infants and Children, Inc. provides early intervention services for children ages 0 - 3 with developmental delays or disabilities.
Early intervention is a wonderful tool to assist families in helping their children grow, learn, and develop the skills they will need for the rest of their lives. PIC's mission is to provide family-centered services for infants and toddlers with special needs to assist them in achieving their highest potential. Our vision is to improve the quality of life for all infants and toddlers with special needs and their families.
TO CONTACT PIC, PLEASE CALL (907) 561-8060. Our offices are located at 161 Klevin Street. Suite 103, Anchorage Alaska 99508

Southcentral Foundation

Southcentral Foundation is an Alaska Native-owned, nonprofit health care organization serving nearly 60,000 Alaska Native and American Indian people living in Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna Valley, and 60 rural villages in the Anchorage Service Unit.
Incorporated in 1982 under the tribal authority of Cook Inlet Region, Inc., Southcentral Foundation is the largest of the CIRI nonprofits, employing more than 1,400 people in some 65 programs.
Southcentral Foundation's vision is a Native Community that enjoys physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness; its mission is to work together with the Native Community to achieve wellness through health and related services. The organization has developed and implemented comprehensive health-related services to meet the changing needs of the Native Community, enhance culture and empower individuals and families to take charge of their lives.
Southcentral Foundation's first P.L. 638 contract with the Alaska Area Native Health Service began in 1984, to provide dentistry, optometry, community health representatives and injury control services. A funding request to provide substance abuse treatment service was added in 1987.
Gradually, Southcentral Foundation increased its contracting capacity within the Anchorage Service Unit so that by late 1994 it was administering nearly half the primary care services for Alaska Native people.

Special Treatment – OT for Children

Ellen Pryor
4325 Laurel ST, Suite 100........................... 561-3768

Speech Therapy Clinic

Darlene Batchelder & Marion Bowls
800 East Dimond, Suite 3-310.................... 349-2112

SPELL Clinic

The SPELL Clinic is a licensed private practice dedicated to serving children and teens with communication needs. The clinic has been in business here in Anchorage since August 2002. We have recently expanded to welcome an occupational therapist, JoAnn Schnellbaecher, M.A., OTR and a part-time speech language pathologist, Crystal Rogers, M.S., CCC-SLP to share our space here at The SPELL Clinic. Our full-time experienced speech language pathologist, Christene Gravley, M.S., CCC-SLP provides individual or group therapy to improve speech articulation, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing, critical thinking & reasoning, receptive & expressive language and augmentative communication. One specialty of this clinic is phonemic awareness instruction (PA).
2150 E. Dowling Rd.#C Anchorage ………………..336-7323
Fax…………………………………………………………………..277-7355

STEP Center

The STEP Center, a division of the ASD Special Education Department, is a disability information and resource center for students, teachers and parents. Utilizing an extensive lending library and Web site, the STEP Center personnel provide a service-oriented approach to problem solving and identification of community and ASD resources. Additionally, the STEP Center develops, coordinates and provides training for ASD Special Education staff.

The ARC of Anchorage

From birth to old age, The Arc of Anchorage has a full array of disability services for Alaskans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Alaskans we serve and their families are free to choose disability services that best meet their needs. We recognize each person we serve has specific dreams, ambitions and interests, as well as aptitudes and abilities apart from the disability he/she experiences. Our services are individually tailored to meet the needs and goals of each person we serve.

The Rainbow Connection

The Rainbow Connection Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center is currently a summer only program. Our goal is to construct in indoor riding arena to expand our programming. The Rainbow Connection is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and quality of life for children and adults who are living with physical, emotional and cognitive disabilities. Our goal is to provide these individuals an opportunity for emotional and physical growth through horsemanship. Our classes and activities take place in an environment that emphasizes abilities and success.

STRIDE Southcentral Therapeutic Riding Inc.

Through a special partnership with horses, Southcentral Therapeutic Riding (STRIDE) offers a holistic approach to improve the bodies, minds and spirits of children and adults with special health needs. We strive to be an inspiration and educational resource to the equine assisted therapy profession.
Instructors certified by Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH). PATH is committed to safe, ethical and professional equine assisted therapy.

Therapy for Children

Joyce Barnett, PT
4325 Laurel, Suite 100............................... 563-6878

Tracy Sobers, OTR/L
1301 E. Dowling Rd.. Suite 106………………...440-8768
Fax…………………………………………………………………346-5437

Time for Speech Pediatric Speech Therapy

Kathleen Morgan, Amy Russel, Dayna Porter, Greta Cladouhos
4050 Lake Otis Pkwy, Ste 111 (99508)….……563-1167
Fax…………………………………………………………..………563-1169

UAA Center for Human Development

The Center for Human Development (CHD) is a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities in Education, Research, and Service (UCEDDs) authorized by the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000. There are 67 UCEDDs, at least one in every state and territory, that form an Association of UCEDDs (AUCD.org). Since CHD is the only UCEDD in Alaska, we serve the entire state.
 
The UAA Center for Human Development has 4 major functions:
Interdisciplinary education
Community training and technical assistance
Research
Information dissemination
 
These activities are designed to increase the independence, productivity, and community integration and inclusion for individuals with disabilities. CHD's projects and activities are not limited to developmental disabilities; they focus on a wide range of disabilities, ages, and issues.
 
Self-Employment Training Series
Are you an entrepreneur and do you experience a disability? Are you interested in business training and meeting other entrepreneurs? You may qualify to participate in our self-employment training series. CHD offers training and networking sessions to entrepreneurs with disabilities using online meeting rooms. The training sessions focus on a specific topic (e.g., Finances or Marketing) for a specific industry (e.g., arts and crafts or service businesses). The networking sessions focus on discussions around the training topics and how to network within and outside of one's own community.
 
The sessions meet once a week for 6-7 weeks, using online meeting rooms. See the self-employment event calendar below for more information about training topics and times.
 
Partners in Policymaking promotes:
Awareness
Engagement
Action
 
Partners in Policymaking is a national model of advocacy and leadership training. Alaska's Partners in Policymaking Program is funded through the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority and has been designed for Trust beneficiaries and their families. This project identifies individuals from around the state who have not held a leadership position and helps them develop advocacy and leadership skills to improve the lives of Trust beneficiaries.
 
Youth Advocates Community (YAC) provides youth from the ages of 16-24 with the opportunity to participate in a monthly community service project and social event. Youth of all abilities are welcome to participate. YAC gives youth who do and do not experience a disability the opportunity to build a diverse support network of peers, learn self-advocacy skills, have fun, and give back to their community. The idea is that the youth will work together as a team to decide their monthly service project and social activity.
 
Alaska Autism Summer Institute
Track 1: Early Intervention Services: Referenced Assessments and Program Development
Linda Heitzman-Powell, Ph.D., Director of Community Research at the University of Kansas Medical Center, will focus on elements necessary for the implementation of an evidence-based approachto early intervention. These elements will include:
Experience with administration of criterion referenced assessments
Implementation of these assessments
Initial program identification
Program development
Program testing
 
Track 2: Strategies for a Successful Transition to Adulthood for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
 
Carol M. Schall, Ph.D., Author of "Autism and the Transition to Adulthood: Success Beyond the Classroom" will provide information on how to assist middle and high school aged youth with ASD in the transition from school to adulthood. The topics covered in this workshop include:
Identifying the correct skills sets and curriculum adjustments or individuals with ASD
Writing Behaviorally Based Goals
Behavior Analytic Teaching Strategies for Adolescents with ASD
Positive Behavior Support for Youth with ASD at school and in the community
 
The Alaska WIPA Project provides assistance to beneficiaries to understand the various work incentive programs that might be available to them, and provide advice about how to manage one's benefits during the transition to paid employment.
 
CHD has a grant with SSA to provide Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (WIPA) services for Alaska. We have a pool of SSA certified Community Work Incentive Coordinators (CWICs) around the state who can complete a detailed analysis of the benefits a person is receiving, describe how those benefits will be affected when the individual generates earned income, and describe available work incentive programs that the recipient may use to make the transition to earned income as smooth as possible.
Alaska has an array of work incentives that make the return to work a very feasible and realistic possibility for many people with disabilities. WIPA services are provided at no cost to the beneficiary.
 
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Program
Do you work with individuals or families who experience Autism Spectrum Disorder?
You may qualify for an opportunity to obtain a Board Certification in Behavioral Analysis. The BCBA program supports Alaska's Workforce Development Initiative, and is aimed at building Alaska's capacity to support children, youth and adults who experience Autism Spectrum Disorders.
 
This opportunity includes:
Tuition Support for 5 classes (15 Credits) in Positive Behavior Support & Applied Behavioral Analysis
Funding Support for Coordinated Field Supervision
What you will learn:
Laws that govern behavior
How to apply those laws in the natural environment
How to complete a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA)
How to decrease problem behaviors and increase positive social and learning behaviors
Data based decision making
Positive Behavior Support
How to use evidence based practice in you work with children and families
 
Your commitment:
The BCBA Program is a 2 year commitment, involving 5 online courses (totaling 15 credits) and 1500 hours of field experience. To qualify for this opportunity you must currently hold a Master's degree.
 
Building Virtual Bridges: A Guide to Distance-delivered Microenterprise Training for Individuals with Disabilities - The purpose of the Building Virtual Bridges guide is to offer insight and ideas for how to conduct distance-delivered business training and networking opportunities for individuals who may or may not experience a disability and are low income. Each section of this document describes an essential component of the model. Keep in mind that this is a guide. It is not necessary for you or your organization to follow it step by step; however, it can assist you in developing a program for your area and can provide insight and resources for implementing your own program.
 
Each component of the model is discussed in detail and is accompanied by examples from our own project. Our vision is that this guide will inspire others to support entrepreneurs with disabilities in non-traditional ways that are effective and appropriate.
 
Building Virtual Bridges is a product of the Industry-Driven Support Model project, a self-employment research and demonstration project, at the Center for Human Development that is funded in part through a grant award with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Industry-Driven Support Model was developed as a way to bring entrepreneurs from all parts of Alaska with various disabilities together through one common theme, owning a small business in a similar industry.
 
Microenterprise Grant - The Microenterprise Fund strives to increase access to Microenterprise and self-employment opportunities for persons with disabilities who are Alaska Mental Health Trust Beneficiaries. Grant funds may be used for costs associated with starting a new business, expanding a current business or acquiring an existing business.
 
Capacity Building for Autism Interventions (CBAI) - The Capacity Building for Autism Interventions (CBAI) is an Alaskan Mental Health Trust/State of Alaska funded effort to increase the level of professional expertise as it relates to autism interventions in the State of Alaska. As a result, a cadre of professionals and paraprofessionals will be available to deliver intensive autism intervention soon after a child is diagnosed and early in a child's life when research shows intervention has the greatest impact.
 
This project has three main goals:
Facilitate the professional training of at least 6 graduate-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) trainees with an accredited and distance-based program of study, Implement an ASD Direct Service Provider Occupational Endorsement Certificate (OEC) program of study, Host annual Alaska Autism Summer Institutes
 
Occupational Endorsement Certificate, Children's Behavioral Health - The Occupational Endorsement Certificate, Children's Behavioral Health is a 16-credit occupational endorsement for paraprofessionals currently working or planning to work with children and youth in therapeutic residential settings. By completing the endorsement certificate requirements, students gain skills essential to become effective members of therapeutic treatment teams.
 
Center for Psychosocial Development (CPD) - This project provides wrap-around support interventions for adult females and males with disabilities who have a history of victimization and remain at risk. Among the services provided are assessment, psychosocial skills training, sociosexual skills training, clinical case management, and case consultation. Personal safety and risk reduction strategies are designed to assist individuals to live safely in their homes and communities. Behavioral risk management services are available for individuals with a history of inappropriate sexual behavior or victimization. Staff provide conference presentations, workshops, technical assistance and support and are published writers in the area of disability and abuse.
 
Disability Abuse Response Team Alaska (D.A.R.T. AK) - D.A.R.T. Alaska is a collaborative approach to addressing violence and abuse of people with disabilities. This section pertains specifically to D.A.R.T. training materials.
 
Disability Justice Initiative (DJI) - Welcome to Alaska's Justice Initiative website! The Justice Initiative is a collaboration of many different stakeholders who have the common vision of reducing interpersonal violence against Alaskans with disabilities and/or Alaskan seniors. This website was created to be the central location for relevant education and training resources and information specific to three grants:
The Alaskans Speaks Up! Project
The Serving Offenders with Cognitive Impairments Project
The Friendships & Dating Project
 
The Friendships & Dating Program teaches adults with intellectual and related developmental disabilities how to make and keep healthy relationships and prevent violence in their relationships. Friendships & Dating is a 10-week long program made up of 20 sessions. Sessions are held twice a week and last approximately 1.5 hours each. The first session of each week focuses on participants learning new skills. The second session centers on applying these new skills in a community setting. Over the 10-weeks participants will learn about:
 
feelings
different types of relationships
personal boundaries
communication
meeting people and first impressions
planning social activities
the dating process
personal safety
sexual health
gender differences
 
A Guide to Developmental Disability Services - All parents' skill sets grow with their children, but parents of individuals with developmental disabilities develop an extra set of skills in their role as the primary source for their child's care and support. For much of what is needed, families are the best resource. However, there may come a time when additional help from outside the family becomes not only helpful, but necessary.
 
In response to this need, Alaska has developed a comprehensive system of community-based services and supports to provide families and individuals opportunities to live the way they desire.
Understanding the system that makes services available and building successful relationships with the community-based service providers are two of the new skills you will need to add to your list.
Alaska's individualized service system for people with developmental disabilities operates in a maze of regulations. Parents often struggle to understand eligibility, planning, billing, reporting, and assessment rules. A Guide to Developmental Disability Services was written to help parents understand what Developmental Disabilities services are and how these services can work for you.
 
Many of the terms and processes to apply for and to receive services will be unfamiliar to you. This guidebook is in the order needed to begin your journey.The guide was made possible by: The Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education, The Division of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, and UAA Center for Human Development.
 
I Vote, I Count Mission - To empower Alaskans with disabilities and other Alaska Mental Health Trust beneficiaries to become active voters and part of the political process by eliminating voting barriers, promoting awareness of the voting process and helping people access their right to vote.
 
Industry-Driven Support Model - The Industry-Driven Support Model is being developed and tested as a resource for low income entrepreneurs with disabilities. The model is focused on bringing entrepreneurs from all parts of Alaska with various disabilities together through one common theme, owning a small business within a similar industry.
The training sessions focus on a specific topic (e.g., Finances or Marketing) for a specific industry (e.g., arts and crafts or service businesses). The networking sessions focus on discussions around the training topics and how to network within and outside of one's own community.
 
Alaska LEND without Walls provides graduate-level interdisciplinary leadership training for Alaska residents who have a commitment to providing family-centered coordinated systems of health care and related services. The program aims to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents who have, or are at risk for developing, autism and other developmental disabilities.
Interdisciplinary leadership training is the hallmark of LEND programs. Core faculty from special education, social work, psychology, nursing, family, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, medicine, and public health collaborate to offer interdisciplinary training and experiences.
 
Learn As You Earn (LAYE) Certificate and Associate Degree - If you provide community, family, workplace, educational, speech-language, or respite support to children or adults with disabilities; or are thinking of a career in disability services; you can enroll in our distance delivered courses. The courses are taught using an online interactive platform on your home computer with additional print materials. Homework and activities are completed in your community. You engage with other students from all over the state online via the Web Conferencing platform "ELive" one evening a week. Learn As You Earn courses are in the Prince William Sound Community College catalog online at www.pwscc.edu and lead to an undergraduate Certificate or an Associate Degree in Disability Services.
 
Long Term Care Apprenticeship Program (LTCAP) - The purpose of the Long Term Care Apprenticeship Program (LTCAP) is to implement industry-driven training solutions that address the long-term care sector's critical workforce challenges by building and maintaining partnerships between the workforce investment system, long-term care employers, education and training providers, and other public and private sector partners. Training is guided by the long-term care providers and includes a set of industry approved competencies that guide instruction and incorporates on-the-job learning opportunities.
 
Person-Centered Planning Facilitator Certification - A newly-revised Person-Centered Planning Facilitator Certification process has been implemented. The certification process is fully online, with mentors available upon request. To complete certification, submit an application indicating that you are either a New Facilitator or a Grandfathered Facilitator. Each will have additional portfolio requirements.
 
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports in Alaska (PBIS) - The African proverb "It takes a village to raise a child" captures the essence of Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS). A three-step approach to working with individuals, PBIS supports:
Promotion of positive behavior;
Prevention of challenging behaviors; and
Individualized behavioral interventions.
 
PBIS aims to promote positive behavior for all children and respond consistently to challenging behavior in all areas of a child's life, be that at home, in early learning and school settings or with community services agencies. The goal of PBIS is for us as parents, teachers, childcare providers, or agency staff to be consistent in how we teach new, acceptable behavior and respond to challenging behavior.
 
PBIS works as a tiered approach outline above: Promotion, Prevention, and Intervention. For Promotion, PBIS is about recognizing those children who meet and exceed our behavioral expectations. For Prevention, PBIS using data to identify at-risk behavior and teach behavior the same way we teach reading, math, or family values. With Intervention, PBIS provides an individualized approach with a team of support for the child and family, using data as the decision-maker.
 
PBIS is a framework for how we can better support all children. It offers the processes and tools of transformation for this to happen.
 
The Self-Determination Toolkit is designed for teachers, parents, students, and other professionals interested in supporting self-determination in home, school, and community settings. The Toolkit is a collection of resources, which provide a basic framework to build self-determination activities into both traditional and adapted curricula for students of all ages.
 
Common principles of self-determination included in the Toolkit include:
Freedom
Authority
Responsibility
Respect
Rights
Creativity
Interdependence
 
 
TAPESTRY Postsecondary Transition Program - The purpose of the TAPESTRY Postsecondary Transition Program is to provide students (ages 18 to 21) with intellectual and cognitive disabilities a postsecondary college experience to develop self advocacy skills, engage in career exploration, and develop social skills that lead to employment in a career field or enrollment in a postsecondary educational program.

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Mary Beth Nearing
602 W. 42nd Ave (99503)............................ 360-9448
Fax.............................................................. 346-1470