Alaska Center for Resource Families
The Alaska Center For Resource Families (ACRF) provides training, referral services, individual support and information to those who are or are interested in becoming foster parents, adoptive parents, relative caretakers or guardians.
ACRF has offices in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Mat-Su and Juneau. Through onsite, distance education and teleconference training, we provide the training necessary to become foster parents or to meet on-going training requirements for maintaining a foster care license. Whether you live in urban or rural Alaska, we can provide you with books or videos, self-study courses and on-site or telephonic trainings, as well as one on one support and training.
Pre and post adoption and guardianship support services are available regardless of whether your child was adopted or placed under guardianship through a State, Tribal, relative, private, or international process. Services include access to an extensive resource library, Hague compliant adoption preparation training, case management, education through self-study courses or on-site and telephonic trainings, advocacy, support, referrals and crisis management.
We also work in partnership with other community based and Tribal partners, in order to enhance the training and services available to resource families. This may include co-sponsoring trainings, sharing resource materials, assisting with support groups for resource families and participating in mentoring services.
State Education Policy AS 14.03.015
It is the policy of this state that the purpose of education is to help ensure that all students will succeed in their education and work, shape worthwhile and satisfying lives for themselves, exemplify the best values of society, and be effective in improving the charter and quality of the world about them.
To ensure quality standards-based instruction to improve academic achievement for all students.
Provide and evaluate a comprehensive student and school standards, assessment and accountability system based on student, school, educator, and culturally responsive standards.
Provide and support standards-based professional development and mentoring for Alaska's educators.
Provide a statewide program to ensure all students have the foundational skills required for success.
Secure and award educational funding to school districts and other educational organizations.
Providing high quality data to school districts and stakeholders.
Alaska Department of Health & Human Services
Welcome to Denali KidCare! DenaliKidCare is a State of Alaska program designed to ensure that children and teens of both working and non-working families can have the health insurance they need.
Denali KidCare provides excellent health insurance coverage for children and teens through age 18, and for pregnant women who meet income guidelines. We encourage you to find out more about this exciting program.
Denali KidCare is issued 12 months at a time. You will need to renew your application every 12 months to ensure there is not a break in coverage. Renewing your coverage has never been easier. A pre-printed form will be mailed to you 45 days prior to expiration of coverage, renewal information. It is important that all the information requested be submitted so that your renewal can be processed in a timely manner. Be sure to include all required documentation.
Medicaid is an "entitlement program" created by the federal government, but administered by the state, to provide payment for medical services for low-income citizens. People qualify for Medicaid by meeting federal income and asset standards and by fitting into a specified eligibility. Under federal rules, DHSS has authority to limit services as long as the services provided are adequate in "amount, duration, and scope" to satisfy the recipient's medical needs.
Medicaid began as a program to pay for health care for poor people who were unable to work. It covered the aged, the blind, the disabled, and single parent families. Over the years, Medicaid has expanded to cover more people. For instance, children and pregnant women may qualify under higher income limits and without asset limits. Families with unemployed parents may qualify, and families who lose regular Family Medicaid because a parent returns to work may continue to be covered for up to one year.
There have also been changes in the eligibility rules for people who need the level of care provided in an institution, such as a nursing home. Now, most Alaskans who need — but cannot afford — this expensive care may qualify for Medicaid. In addition, recent changes within the Alaska Medicaid program give some people who need an institutional level of care the opportunity to stay at home to receive that care.
To apply for Medicaid services please contact the Division of Public Assistance. Applications, office locations, and useful information can be found on their web site.
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
You can choose from many different services. Some are free. You may have to help pay for others. You and your counselor choose services because you NEED them to go to work.
Medical exam to see if you qualify and to help plan your career.
Counseling, especially about disability issues that affect you.
Help choosing the job goal that's right for you.
Referral to other agencies that can help you.
Tests and other tools to better understand your talents, etc.
On-the-job training with a real employer while you work.
A short-term job try-out called a "Community Assessment."
Training designed for you, to help you adjust to working.
Job search and placement services.
Interpreter, reader, and tutoring services.
Listed below are other services that you may need to reach your job goal. These services have a cost to them. You and your counselor will decide together if you can help pay for any that you choose. We test whether you can pay for the services listed below. And we will ask you about income in your household, savings accounts, etc.
Services You May Help Pay For
All training (except on-the-job training)
Books, training supplies, tools, equipment (including computers), and other supplies.
Living expenses, see your counselor for details.
Transportation (getting from place to place).
Medical care and therapy
Devices that help with your disability.
Services to family members
Any other goods or services.
Do you get Public Assistance or SSI? If so, you will not have to pay for the services you need.
Other state and federal programs offer some of the same services as DVR. Sometimes we may ask you to apply for and use their services instead of ours.
DVR has this information pack on tape, in large print, and in Braille. Ask your local DVR office.
Alaska Division of Senior & Disability 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.
Alaska Infant Learning Program
The State of Alaska recognizes the challenges and rewards of living and working with young children with disabilities. We (Alaska's families, teachers, therapists, medical professionals, and administrators) share the goal of improved development for all children, especially those experiencing disabilities. We also recognize the vital importance of early diagnosis and service delivery.
The Alaska Early Intervention/Infant Learning Program (EI/ILP) assures that early intervention services are available for families with infants and toddlers (birth to age three) with special needs.
Early intervention services are federally governed by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). A federal law passed in 1986, IDEA requires states to ensure that young children who may have disabilities or developmental delays receive an evaluation to identify the potential need for early intervention services. In Alaska, EI/ILP is administered by the Department of Health and Social Services, Office of Children's Services, Early Intervention / Infant Learning Program.
The Alaska EI/ILP partners with grantees around the state to provide services directly to families at a local level. EI/ILP grantees include school districts, mental health associations, Alaskan Native corporations, parent associations, and other nonprofit organizations. Programs vary widely by staff and region size. Service may include: developmental screening and evaluation; individualized family service plans to outline goals for the family and their child; child development information; home visits; physical, occupational or speech therapy; specialized equipment; and/or referrals to other needed services.
The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority is a state corporation that administers the Alaska Mental Health Trust, a perpetual trust managed on behalf of Trust beneficiaries. The Trust operates much like a private foundation, using its resources to ensure that Alaska has a comprehensive integrated mental health program to serve Trust beneficiaries.
Our goal is to serve as a catalyst for change and improvement in Alaska's mental health continuum of care. To accomplish this, The Trust funds projects and activities that promote long-term system change, including capacity building, demonstration projects, funding partnerships, rural-project technical assistance, and other activities that will improve the lives and circumstances of Trust beneficiaries.
We frequently shorten our name to simply "The Trust." We capitalize both words to indicate that this is the only organization of its kind in Alaska dedicated to assisting those who experience mental illness, developmental disabilities, chronic alcoholism, and Alzheimer's disease and related dementia. The Trust is also an appropriate name because of the trust placed in our Board of Trustees to manage the assets of the corporation on behalf of Trust beneficiaries.
Vision and Mission
The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority administers the Mental Health Trust to improve the lives of beneficiaries. Trustees have a fiduciary responsibility to protect and enhance trust assets in perpetuity for the beneficiaries. The Trust provides leadership in advocacy, planning, implementing and funding of a Comprehensive Integrated Mental Health Program and acts as a catalyst for change.
Enhance and protect The Trust.
Provide leadership in advocacy, planning, implementing, and funding of a Comprehensive Integrated Mental Health Program.
Propose a budget for Alaska's Comprehensive Integrated Mental Health Program.
Coordinate with state agencies about programs and services that affect beneficiaries.
Report to the Legislature, the governor and the public about The Trust's activities.
Developmental Disabilities Mini Grants
The Developmental Disabilities (DD) Mini Grant program provides Trust beneficiaries with a broad range of equipment, supplies and services to improve the quality of life and independent functioning of Trust beneficiaries and help them attain and maintain healthy and productive lifestyles. An overview of the funding guidelines is included below.
The DD Mini Grant program is managed by Stone Soup Group on behalf of The Trust. For information regarding the DD mini grants, please visit the Stone Soup Group website.
For the DD Mini Grant program, beneficiaries of The Trust include the following broad groups of individuals:
people with developmental disabilities, and
youth enrolled in early intervention or infant learning programs.
The application deadline for requests is the close of business on the 15th of each month. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline rolls to the next business day.
Alaska Native Medical Center
Working together with the Native Community to achieve wellness by providing the highest quality health services for all Alaska Natives. The Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC) provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient medical care.
Alaska Youth & Family Network (AYFN)
Assistive Technology of Alaska (ATLA)
Assistive Technology of Alaska (ATLA) is Alaska's only comprehensive assistive technology (AT) resource center. AT can be the key to greater independence and productivity for people in their home, school, community, and/or place of employment. ATLA provides demonstrations, information, and device loans to help Alaskans make informed decisions and select the AT that best meets their needs.
Autism Society of Alaska
To improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.
Best Beginnings is a public-private partnership that mobilizes people and resources to ensure all Alaska children begin school ready to succeed through support from businesses, foundations, nonprofits, government, and individuals.
Disability Law Center
The mission of the Disability Law Center of Alaska is to provide protection and advocacy services to Alaskans who experience disabilities, through legal representation, education and strategic advocacy.
Hope Community Resources
Hope Community Resources (Hope) is a non-profit organization that provides community supports throughout the State of Alaska to over 1,200 families and individuals who experience disabilities. Currently, Hope is the only agency to provide services on a state-wide basis through regional offices that are located in Anchorage, the Mat-Su Valley, Dillingham, Kodiak, Juneau, Ketchikan, Seward, Barrow and the Kenai Peninsula. Based in these communities, Hope also serves the outlying areas and numerous villages surrounding each region.
Interior Distance Education of Alaska (IDEA)
IDEA was created by homeschoolers for homeschoolers. We are the most popular homeschool program in the state and have more homeschool experience, and more homeschool input (in both creation and implementation) than any other program!
Nine Star Education & Employment Services
Nine Star Education & Employment Services opened its doors three decades ago. We offer a wide range of services to Alaskans of all ages and backgrounds. All of our services are geared toward helping the Alaskan economy by developing a strong and capable workforce. We are the only official GED testing center in Anchorage. We work with the Nenana School District to help students earn high school diplomas. Our adult education programs include GED preparation, ESL services, as well as math courses to prepare our clients for specialized trades and/or college.
We operate career development centers throughout Anchorage to help clients write resumes, learn to interview, and to find great jobs. We work with employers to find internships for our clients. Our Microsoft IT Academy prepares our clients for success with vital computer skills. With a great education and excellent work skills, every Alaskan can reach for the stars!
SERRC - Alaska's Educational Resource Center
SERRC provides customized direct student services, school and district support services, and community services (including adult education) to students of all ages, educators, schools and school districts throughout Alaska.
Special Education Service Agency
SESA provides consultation and training to support the unique educational needs of individuals and the Alaskan communities that serve them.
Special Olympics Alaska
Special Olympics Alaska, Inc. is an accredited program of Special Olympics Inc. (S0I), a global organization providing sports training and competition to over three million people with intellectual disabilities in 180 countries. Special Olympics Alaska, Inc. is charged with raising funds, organizing state competitions, and providing guidance and support to local community programs. Around the world, millions of people volunteer, taking pride in knowing they're providing athletes with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to experience the excitement, joy and personal fulfillment associated with sport training and competition. From the local coach who works with athletes every day, to the international organization holding World Games every two years, dedicated volunteers make Special Olympics happen. There is always something to do, with training, competitions and other events happening 365 days a year.
Stone Soup Group
Stone Soup Group is a statewide non-profit agency based in Anchorage, Alaska that provides assistance and support to families of children with special health, disability, mental health, and/or special education needs. The goal is to help families supporting children with special needs to become informed, experienced, self-sufficient advocates for their children and themselves. Our main services include parent navigation, training, technical assistance for professionals and families, information & referral, and assistance with behavior challenges. We work with families of children statewide, from birth-26, who would like assistance with medical, disability, mental health, and special education issues.
Learning doesn't start at kindergarten, it begins at birth. That is why thread is committed to improve the availability, affordability, and accessibility of child care for all Alaskans. thread is Alaska's statewide child care resource and referral network of professionals who work individually with families and early educators to ensure that they are knowledgeable and supported in guiding children to lifelong success.