Disability Services Program Mission
To provide individuals with the opportunity to increase their quality of life to the fullest by realizing and using their talents and gifts to maintain a meaningful and inclusive life in the community of their choice.
The Disability Services Program provides services to support individuals in the home and community, to promote independence and prevent institutional care through the provision of a wide array of services to meet their individual needs.
The services offered to consumers are funded through two sources, the State of Alaska Community Developmental Disabilities Grant and the Home and Community Based Medicaid Waivers.
Through these sources, SeaView is able to offer consumers a full continuum of care.
What Grant Services are Available?
Core Services is one of the first services that families may find helpful. If the individual is on the DSDS waitlist and is chosen for a Core, the individual may use funds to pay for such things as respite, specialized equipment, home modification, job support, case management, speech, occupational or speech therapy and other services that meet the needs of individuals who are not receiving other assistance from the Senior and Disability Services.
Individualized Services are an array of services, equivalent to the Medicaid Waiver services, that may be requested based on the individuals' needs.
TEFRA - The Tax Equity Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1986 is a category of the Medicaid program for children under the age of 19 who meet the criteria for a specific level of medical or psychiatric care. Only the child's income is counted and not the parent's.
What are the Grant Services Requirements?
To be eligible for services a person must meet the definition of being developmentally disabled as described in the AS 47.80.900:
- a person who is experiencing a severe, chronic disability that is attributable to a mental or physical impairment or both;
- is manifested before the person is 22;
- is likely to continue indefinitely;
- results in a substantial functional limitations in 3 or more of the following areas of major life activity: self-care, receptive anmd expressive language, learning, mobility, self-direction, capacity for independent living and economic self-sufficiency;
- and reflects the person's need for a combination and sequence of special interdisciplinary or generic care, treatment or other services that are lifelong.
What Waiver Services are Available?
Care Coordination provides ongoing support for the consumer. The scope of services is determined by need.
Chore Services include errands, housekeeping and other assistance to maintain a recipient's home in a clean and sanitary and safe condition.
Supported Living provides flexible, individually tailored supports and assistance to help the individual learn, maintain and improve skills.
Day Habilitation provides assistance in learning, improving and maintaining self-help skills. Day Habilitation can take place only in a non-residential setting.
Environmental Modifications provides ways to modify the home environment to increase accessibility and assist with safety issues.
Respite Care is a service that provides short term relief to caregivers.
Supported Employment to assist the individual in obtaining and retaining employment in the community.
What are the Waiver Eligibility Requirements?
The State of Alaska has been granted Medicaid Waivers to provide Home and Community Based Waivers to qualifying children, adults and seniors.
Individuals must meet the financial criteria for Medicaid eligibility and level of care for medical eligibility.
The Waiver Programs are managed by the Division of Disability and Senior Services.
- Older Alaskans (OA)
- Adults with Physical Disabilities (APD)
- Mentally Retarded/Developmentally Delayed (MR/DD)
- Children with Complex Medical Conditions (CCMC)
Who Do I Contact?
Senior and Disabilities Director