Senior & Disability Services

Senior and Disabilities Services offer various programs that support the needs of individuals with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities and Elders 60 years of age and older living in our communities.

Developmental Disabilities – 907-442-7035

Developmental Disabilities (DD) provides services for eligible developmentally disabled consumers. This program provides services focused on consumer satisfaction and positive results for individuals and families. Its mission is to offer the best services and help clients and their families achieve the highest quality of life. The program strives to provide consumers with services in a way that respects the rights and dignity of individuals and their families.
Care Coordination – This aspect of the service assists and advocates for consumers and families throughout Maniilaq’s service areas. The Care Coordinator assists consumers in a person-centered planning process, creating a care plan that identifies all needed services that foster individual independence and identifies where to receive these services. Care Coordination tracks all services rendered and makes any necessary adjustments to the care plans through the amendment process.

Elder Services – 907-442-7935

Provides our elders who experience physical and/or mental challenges with services that help them maintain the maximum level of independence within their own community. The Care Coordinator will assist in completing applications for services and submit the applications to the State of Alaska Senior & Disabilities Services. Grant programs under elder services are the Senior In-Home which provide Case Management, Chore, and Respite Services. Nutrition, Transportation, and Support Services provide home-delivered (Kotzebue) and congregate meals (Villages) and transportation services (Kotzebue).

Hardship Mitigation Project – 907-442-7619

The Hardship Mitigation Project is funded through the State of Alaska Community Initiative Matching Grant to provide emergency food and cold weather gear. Eligibility will be determined by individuals and families who are homeless, indigenous, transient, and/or individuals/families who meet the income eligibility requirement to receive emergency aid. Maniilaq will decide income eligibility by evaluating individual or household income that does not exceed 125% of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines.

Lake Street and Aqqaimmuk House – 907-442-7034

These homes are residential facilities located in Kotzebue. The facilities are licensed assisted-living homes by the State of Alaska. Each home is licensed for five adults, age 18 and older, who qualify for Medicaid IDD and APD Waiver Services through the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services. The homes are staffed 24 hours a day and provide consumers with assistance in daily living activities. The program has a job coach to assist clients with work in the community.

Developmental Disabilities Resource Connection (DDRC) – 907-442-7730

The Developmental Disabilities Resource Connection (DDRC) program (formerly known as the STAR program) assists individuals with developmental disabilities and their families with accessing services through the State of Alaska Developmental Disabilities Programs. The DDRC Program is often the “point of entry” for accessing services. Assistance may include:

  • Applying for eligibility.
  • Referral to a wide variety of resources in their home community.
  • Completing forms and gathering documentation for Medicaid, the Registration and Review, other public programs.
  • Applying for Mini-Grants.

The DDRC program services the Northwest Arctic Borough and Norton Sound area.

Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injury Program (TABI) – 907-442-7887

Case Management – help identify needed services for individuals who have been diagnosed with a traumatic or acquired brain injury. “Help” consists of assisting qualified individuals with locating and applying for needed Health and Social Services required to support independent living. Case Management monitors and evaluates how those services are provided over time and advocates on behalf of these individuals receiving these services to ensure a continuum of services.