Alaska: Health & Disability Programs

Alaska Division of Public Health, Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Better Choices, Better Health is a series of workshops held throughout Alaska for people with chronic illnesses, including arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and others; these workshops teach people with chronic illnesses ways to self manage their condition and take charge of their life. A range of health topics are covered, including healthy eating, relaxation techniques, managing fatigue and medications, low impact exercising, problem solving, goal setting, and working with health professionals.
3601 C Street, Suite 722
Anchorage, AK 99503
(907) 269-8035
Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Free services provided include a medical exam to determine if someone will qualify for services and to help plan a career; counseling, especially about pertinent disability issues; help in choosing an appropriate job goal; referral to other agencies; tests and other tools to better understand one’s talents; on-the-job training with an actual employer.  Services that one may help pay for include:  all training except on-the-job training; books, training supplies, tools, equipment (including computers), and other supplies; transportation; and medical care and therapy.
801 West 10th Street, Suite A
Juneau, AK 99801
(907) 465-2814
Toll-free (800) 478-2815

Alaska’s Health and Social Services Behavioral Health Division
Programs of this division include the Alaska Psychiatric Institute; alcohol, drug, and tobacco early prevention and intervention programs; and treatment and rehabilitative services for people with mental disorders.
3601 C Street, Suite #934
Anchorage, AK  99501
(907) 269-3619
Alaska’s Health and Social Services Senior and Disabilities Services
Senior Grants provide congregate and home delivered meals, transportation, homemaker services, adult day services, respite, care coordination, assisted living, caregiver supports, mini grants for individuals with Alzheimer Disease and related disorders, information and assistance, legal services, geriatric education and health promotion activities.  Developmental Disabilities Grants serve Alaskans through the provision of case management, respite, day and residential habilitation, and specialized medical equipment.  Alternative home and community services for families with children who would qualify for nursing home placement include respite, day and residential habilitation.  Alternative home and community services for individuals who qualify for nursing home placement include adult day services, respite, assisted living, meals and transportation.  Personal Care Attendant Services (PCA) is a Medicaid program providing support with Activities of Daily Living (such as bathing, dressing, locomotion, toileting) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (such as light housekeeping tasks, shopping, meal planning and preparation) to remain at home or prevent job loss. The Mental Retardation/ Developmental Disability Medicaid Waiver offers alternative home and community services for adults and children with developmental disabilities who qualify for intermediate care and include respite, chore, day and residential habilitation, and transportation.
3601 C Street, Suite 310
Anchorage, AK 99503
(907) 269-3666
Toll-free: (800) 478-9996
Alaska’s Health and Social Services Senior and Disabilities Services’ Developmental Disabilities Program
Individual Services for people with developmental disabilities are based upon the person’s needs in the context of the individual’s community and family; services are generally offered in the person’s community and home. Possible services may include but are not limited to: care coordination, chore services, day habilitation, independent living support, in-home supports, behavioral training, intensive active treatment, residential services, respite care, specialized adaptive equipment, and vocational services.
3601 C Street, Suite 310
Anchorage, AK 99803
(907) 269-3666
Toll-free: (800) 478-9996