What is an Intellectual or Developmental Disability?
Alaska State Law: Developmental disability (DD) means a person has a severe, chronic disability attributable to a mental or physical impairment that manifests before the person is 22 and is likely to continue indefinitely.
This impairment results in functional limits in three or more major life activities including:
-Receptive and expressive learning
-Self direction; capacity to live independently
-Economic self sufficiency
These all result in a person’s need for special, interdisciplinary, or generic assistance, supports, or other services that are lifelong or last for an extended time and are individually planned and coordinated. Under Alaska laws developmental disabilities include mental retardation, cerebral palsy, autism, and seizure disorder. In some cases this may include mental illness or fetal alcohol syndrome. The disability must result in substantial functional limitations and meet the other criteria in order to qualify for Alaska state funded programs CFC uses to serve IDD clients.
for Persons with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities
All of Center for Community’s Intellectual and Developmental (IDD) services are funded by State of Alaska grant or Waiver Medicaid programs. To qualify for services a person must have a developmental disability diagnosis per State of Alaska Law. Some of these services may be provided five to seven days a week based on client’s needs and State authorization. CFC’s IDD programs can include one or a combination of the following ongoing services:
Case managers work with a family or person with IDD to help them determine which state grant or Waiver program services can help them most and assist with State application for eligibility in the programs. Case managers provide person-centered plans and monitor service provision after a person with IDD is approved for State services.
Provides families or caregivers with a break from care giving for a person with IDD.
Helps persons with IDD work as independently as possible in local employment.
Helps persons with IDD live in the home of their choice with assistance with activities of daily living and their maintenance of their household (chores, shopping, personal grooming, etc.)
Helps persons with IDD work on social and community integration skills designed to help them succeed in the community of their choice.
Case managers and IDD staff provide families, caregivers and persons with IDD with information and referrals to other community based organizations to help them successfully remain in their home and community of choice.
The State of Alaska Intellectual & Developmental Disability Programs:
Community Developmental Disabilities Grant:
The Community IDD Grant Program (CDDG) helps individuals with developmental disabilities learn or maintain skills to live as independently as possible in their home and community of choice, and reduces the need for long-term residential care. Services that a person with a developmental disability (IDD) may receive from the grant vary depending upon the person’s age and unique needs. A person with IDD may choose to begin with CDDG services while awaiting State Waiver approval or choose only to receive CDDG grant services. A CFC case manager will help persons with IDD and their family/caregiver complete the intake/screening for State CDDG grant services. All final eligibility and approval for CDGG services comes from the State and this State approval must be in place before CFC services can start (case management ongoing, supported living, supported employment, respite and/or day habilitation).
State DD Waiver Services: The purpose of the State Home and Community Based (HCB) Waiver is to offer a choice between home and community-based services and institutional care for people who meet Waiver service criteria. There are several State Waiver Programs available dependent on age, and disability.
Children and adults with IDD would most likely apply for either CCMC (Children with Complex Medical Conditions), and/or Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Waiver (IDD). A CFC case manager works with persons with IDD and/or their guardian to help them apply for and work through the State Waiver process. All final eligibility and approval for HCB Waiver services comes from the State and State approval must be in place before CFC services (case management ongoing, supported living, supported employment, respite and/or day habilitation) can start.
Case Managers can help families with information on TEFRA: Medicaid for Disabled Children Living at Home, visit Qualis Health (click here).