Before an individual with developmental disabilities 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 in the Anchorage area through this process by helping to apply for State of Alaska Developmental Disabilities Programs.
Through this process families can also gain access to:
- Mini Grants*
- Social Security benefits
Stone Soup Group STAR Navigators may:
- Help identify what programs your family may qualify for, and assist you in filling out necessary paperwork
- Identify alternative financial supports for emergency travel, respite or equipment
- Connect you to other community resources such as support groups, activities, training and loan closets
- Arrange meetings to help your family coordinate services
This is frequently the first step and the “point of entry” for families needing to access services in our community. Contact us to learn more.
* Services through the State of Alaska that have specific eligibility requirements (see below).
To be eligible for 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.