Before an individual with an intellectual or developmental disability can start receiving services, they need to “qualify” or be “eligible” for support. Stone Soup Group’s Short Term Assistance and Referral (STAR) Navigators can assist families through this process by helping them to apply for State of Alaska Developmental Disabilities Programs.
Through this process families can also gain access to:
- Developmental Disability Mini Grants*
- Social Security benefits
- Housing Assistance
Using a Person Centered approach, Stone Soup Group STAR Navigators may be able to:
- Identify what programs you/your child may qualify for, and assist you in filling out necessary paperwork
- Provide options counseling to connect you/your child to other community resources.
The STAR Program is essentially the first step and the “point of entry” for families wanting to access Medicaid waiver services, and other resources in the community. Please contact us to learn more!
* Services through the State of Alaska that have specific eligibility requirements (see below).
To be eligible for intellectual and developmental disability (DD) services in Alaska , such as waiver services and mini grants, an individual must have a “severe chronic disability” that:
- is attributed to a mental and/or physical impairment that has manifested before the age of 22 and is likely to continue indefinitely
- results in substantial function limitations in three or more of the following areas:
- receptive and expressive language
- self-direction; capacity for independent living
- economic self-sufficiency
- reflects a person’s need for a combination of planned, coordinated assistance, supports, and service.